Congratulations to Banjo NewsLetter

bnl40Today is a big day for the venerable Banjo NewsLetter. With their November 2013 issue, their 481st, the monthly magazine celebrates 40 years of continuous publication.

The cover depicts BNL’s publishers, Spencer and Donald Nitchie, who continue to manage the only print publication devoted entirely to banjo music which their father, Hub, started in 1973. When he passed in ’93, Donald and Spencer stepped up to keep Banjo NewsLetter going, along with their mother, Nancy, and have done so since.

Both bluegrass and old time banjo are covered each month in BNL, with reviews, tune tabs and purely instructional columns. For the big 40th issue, many of the magazine’s many contributors over the years are back, including Greg Cahill, Mike Munford, Alan Munde, Kenny Ingram, Cathy Fink, Murphy Henry, Janet Davis, Tom Adams, Dan Levenson, Tony Trischka, Little Roy Lewis, Eddie Adcock, John Herrmann and more.

The November issue is on sale now at newsstands and directly from their web site.

Congratulations Banjo NewsLetter!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

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  • Kevin Landon

    Congratulations indeed! This magazine has always been a fantastic resource for musicians of all stripes, and I seriously commend them on keeping it going when so many other magazines have folded.

  • Mark Byrum

    I began to subscribe to BNL in 1973 with Issue number 2. Hub sent me Issue number 1 gratis and we struck up a publisher/reader friendship back then. In the early 70’s one could get a good pre-war Mastertone conversion banjo for about $1,000 and Hub told me he purchased a replica of the same for $600 (Hearts and Flowers neck inlay with hardshell case. It was printed by mimeograph (purple ink) and Heb wrote me a note in purple ink about his banjo purchase (as you may have guessed, I still have it). Good memories. Congrats!!

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