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Jerry Sartain was taught to play the guitar in 1962
at the age of six by his grandfather, Sullivan Sartain.
Jerry, his parents and grandparents would gather
around the table to play and sing. The family would
sing songs that Sullivan loved. Songs by Roy
Acuff, Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams, Jim and Jessie, Ralph Stanley and the Osborne Brothers. "Old Country Church" and "Wreck On The Highway" were among the favorites that the family loved to play and sing. Over the years, Jerry's younger brothers provided two more voices to the evening singing around the supper table.
Around the age of fourteen, Jerry, his father and
two cousins joined together to form a bluegrass band, "The Sartains", that played at family functions and local dances. After several years of playing bluegrass, Jerry was forced to leave the music he loved behind and joined a band playing country music. In Jerry's words, "I had
to make a living. I had to feed my family." It didn't take long for word to spread about Jerry's guitar skills and smooth country vocals. He was soon playing in bands and touring with many country greats such as Little Jimmy Dickens, Wynn Stewart, Melba Montgomery, Box Car
Willie, Johnny Gimble, Norma Jean, Claude Gray, John Wesley Ryles and Gary Stewart. Jerry's musical career also took a tour through Rhythm & Blues. In 1999, CSP Records released the CD "Crosscut" by Jerry's band of the same name. The CD was a major hit with his many fans in Louisiana and Texas.
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