Musical talent runs through the family of Jana Jae. Her parents studied at the famed Juilliard School of Music in New York, and Jana was introduced to the classical study of the violin, on an eighth-size instrument, at the age of two. Then, thanks to the direction and inspiration of her grandfather–an accomplished champion fiddler in his own right–Jana also learned to love playing by ear. She honed her skill of fiddling into a fine art and won the Ladies National Championship several times. She also continued her classical training, winning scholarships to Interlochen and the International String Congress. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in music and studied abroad at the Vienna Academy of Music.
Jana got her big break at a Buck Owens concert in Redding, California when she was invited to play “Orange Blossom Special.” Buck offered her a job as the first female member of his Buckaroos band. She later became part of the regular team of performers on the television show Hee Haw.
Interview with Jana Jae
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: May 9. 2018
Date Published: July 18, 2019
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Ted Mack Amateur Hour, Dust Bowl, Woody Guthrie, Lawrence Welk, Buck Owens, Hee Haw, Buckaroos, Chet Atkins, Gaylord Sartain, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Roy Clark, Jim Halsey, Guy Logsdon, country music, bluegrass