Bio

Jon Williams: guitar, vocals
Kenneth P.W. Rainey: mandolin, vocals

The Mountainaires are the Chicago-based duo of guitarist Jon Williams and mandolinist Kenneth Rainey, miners of the deep tradition of country brother duets in the style of the Delmores, Louvins, and Monroes. Both Mountainaires are Ohio transplants who have been active on Chicago’s country music scene for over a decade.

Jon Williams has played with a who’s who of Chicago musicians, and is currently active with the Chandelier Swingers, The Hat Stretchers, and the Peter Joly Group. Mandolinist Kenneth Rainey plays with Chandelier Swingers, the Golden Horse Ranch Band, Mar Caribe, and the Last Kind Words.

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The Mountainaires. Jon Williams, guitar. Kenneth Rainey, mandolin. Photo by Kenneth Rainey.

The Mountainaires. Jon Williams, guitar. Kenneth Rainey, mandolin. Photo by Kenneth Rainey.

The cover art for the debut CD from the Mountainaires. Cover art by Tony Nuccio. Cover photo by Kenneth Rainey.

The cover art for the debut CD from the Mountainaires. Cover art by Tony Nuccio. Cover photo by Kenneth Rainey.