From the mountains of eastern Kentucky

 to the stages of the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall,

Raymond W. McLain

is a dynamic performer of traditional and original

 bluegrass and Appalachian music.

Director of

Morehead State University's

Kentucky Center for Traditional Music

  Raymondís 40+ years of entertaining have taken him to performances in all 50 states and 62 foreign countries, including touring as a musical ambassador of the U.S. State Department.

       Breaking new ground, combining various acoustic music styles, Raymond is a breath of fresh air at symphony orchestra "pops" concerts, residencies, and a variety of music events. 

       For 21 years, as a mainstay of The McLain Family Band, Raymond was featured internationally at 1000s of festivals and concert halls, as well as a soloist in hundreds of appearances with orchestras across the US and internationally.       

       Also, after being a 10 year member of Jim & Jesse’s Virginia Boys, Raymond is a bluegrass and old-time music festival favorite.  

       Raymond performs with Canadian harmonica whiz, Mike Stevens, five time "Entertainer Of The Year" for Central Canada and an innovator of bluegrass harmonica.  Together, Stevens and McLain play a new and unique combination of musical styles reflecting their background in bluegrass, blues and old time country music.  Check out their awesome duo performances!

       Exciting solo concerts showcase Raymond's his love of music and entertaining.  Recordings of Raymond's solo work include "Kentucky Mountain Banjo (old time songs and instrumentals)" and his award-winning recording, "A Place of My Own".

 As Director of the Bluegrass and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University, Raymond shared his knowledge & music with students interested in bluegrass & traditional music, culture, history, instruments & performance.

       Now, in addition to performing, producing & recording, Raymond serves as Director of Morehead State University's Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.

 Television appearances include:







Johnny Cash SPECIAL

Newspaper QUOTES:

     "...talented and musically imaginative." "A joyous celebration of Americana."

Washington Post, Washington, DC

     "His fiddling is simply incredible, a whirlwind of spirit and motion that can fill any hall."

Richmond News Leader, Richmond, VA

     "...smoothly professional and bursting with talent."

Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY

     "...could take the wrinkles out of a pruneface."

Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge, TN

Comments from folks in the industry:

"His ideas are unlike anyone else’s and the execution is flawless."

Sonny Osborne, Masters of the Five String Banjo

"...enormous instrumental skills and diversity."

Daniel E. Harman, The Hornpipe

"There is some fancy playing, but not for the sake of tricks. It’s music first."

John Hartford, linernotes for Kentucky Mountain Banjo

Raymond W. McLain is a sure-fire hit, appealing to all generations. He combines an upbeat contemporary spirit with solid traditional roots.

Raymond performs a variety of original & old-time songs and instrumentals in a classy & entertaining style.

He has fun with music and enjoys sharing the pleasure!


  Raymond & friends 2009 European tour:

Raymond and Mike Stevens were featured on the WOODSONGS Old Time Radio Hour.
Listen to the audio or watch the video!
The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour
Audio only

  McLain Family Band
Videos on
1988 Christmas Special, WLEX-TV

The McLain Family Band - Christmas On The Farm
The McLain Family Band - Troublesome Creek
The McLain Family Band - Kentucky Wind
The McLain Family Band - Ice Covered Birches
The McLain Family Band - Brightest and Best
The McLain Family Band - Far Away From Here
The McLain Family Band - Footprints in the Snow

INCLUDING pictures from 1972-1978
McLain Family Band overseas tours

About Mike Stevens

Feature Story by Erin Cline

Batty Article

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Raymond Kane McLain (Raymond's father)
1928 - 2003
Beatrice Kane McLain (Raymond's grandmother)
1905 - 2004


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