The Morris Brothers
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The Morris Brothers
The Morris Brothers
OriginOld Fort, North Carolina, United States
GenresOld time, Country
LabelsBluebird, RCA Victor
J. E. Mainer
Wade Mainer
Zeke Morris
Wiley Morris
George Morris

The Morris Brothers (Zeke Morris, May 19, 1916 – August 21, 1999 and Wiley Morris, February 1, 1919 – September 22, 1990) were an American country music group particularly popular in the 1930s, although they continued to play together occasionally until the 1970s.


The Morris Brothers were born in Old Fort, North Carolina. Originally, they began performing as a trio together with a third brother, George Morris.[1] In 1933, Zeke moved to Concord[2] and joined J. E. Mainer's Crazy Mountaineers [1] He made his first recordings with the Mountaineers in August 1935 för Bluebird Records.[3] Four years later, in 1937, Wiley and Zeke along with banjo player Wade Mainer did some radio work in the North Carolina towns of Asheville and Raleigh.[1] In April 1938, The Morris Brothers, fiddler Homer Sherrill and banjo player Joel Martin, calling themselves the Smilin' Rangers, performed at radio station WBTM in Danville, Virginia.[4] In September 1938, Zeke recorded with Charlie Monroe as a replacement for Bill Monroe just after the Monroe Brothers had disbanded.[5][6] The same year, Zeke's musical career came to a halt when he went to work in a cotton mill in Gastonia.[1] In 1939, the brothers moved to Asheville and WWNC radio, where they resumed their career.[4] After World War II they retired and opened an auto repair business.[1] Between 1938 and 1939, the Morris Brothers made 36 recordings for RCA Victor.[2]

Well known musicians who have played with the Morris Brothers include: Hoke Jenkins, Red Rector, Red Smiley, Don Reno, Benny Sims and Earl Scruggs.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lange 2004, p. 57.
  2. ^ a b Huber 2008, p. 289.
  3. ^ Tribe 2006, p. 234.
  4. ^ a b Erbsen 2003, p. 74.
  5. ^ Russell, Pinson 2004, p. 632.
  6. ^ Carlin 2004, p. 208.
  7. ^ Erbsen 2003, p. 75.


  • Carlin, Bob (2004) String Bands In the North Carolina Piedmont, McFarland
  • Erbsen, Wayne (2003) Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History, Mel Bay Publications
  • Huber, Patrick (2008) Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music In the Piedmont South, University of North Carolina Press
  • Lange, Jeffrey J. (2004) Smile When You Call Me A Hillbilly, University of Georgia Press
  • Russell, Tony - Pinson, Bob (2004) Country Music Records: A Discography 1921-1942, Oxford University Press
  • Tribe, Ivan M. (2006) Country: A Regional Exploration, Greenwood Publishing Group

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