Banjo NewsLetter, published by the Nitchie family in Maryland since 1973, is now publishing online starting with the current April 2013 issue. They will continue to offer a print edition, mailed out just as it has been for 40 years, but now most of the content from the magazine can be found online as well.
For subscribers, articles and tabs can be viewed on the BNL site, often before the print edition gets to your mailbox. Non-subscribers can read up to five articles online each week, but the tab transcriptions are for subscribers only. Specific song or example tabs that interest you can be purchased for $.75 each, and digital or mail subscriptions start under $20/year.
Since their inception, BNL has worked to cover all popular styles of 5 string banjo playing, and each issue is roughly divided in half between 3 finger and old time styles. There are also articles on classic and minstrel banjo from time to time.
The April issue features a lengthy interview with Ron Block, with transcriptions for three songs from his work with Alison Krauss & Union Station.
But don’t take my word for it – check it out online.
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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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