Tag: banjo

Bill Keith Banjo Summit videos from Grey Fox

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Video is now available from the all-star Bill Keith banjo style summit held at this year’s Grey Fox festival back in July. In light of Bill’s induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame last night, here are the two videos shot by Fred Robbins and […]


Indifference video from Lluís Gómez and Valentí Moya

| September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the popularity of bluegrass music increases around the world, collaborations with virtuosic players from outside the genre become more common. In particular, musicians from other folk styles often find common cause with bluegrass pickers, and usually the fondness goes both ways. Spanish banjoist Lluís Gomez […]


Banjoist Hank Smith set to debut super-group at IBMA

| September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

“What if Bela’s Drive had the vocals of Chris Thile/Michael Daves?” You’ve probably never asked yourself that exact question, but I bet you’re imagining it now. Hank Smith, a progressive banjo player from the Raleigh area, has started a project that will seek to make […]


Bluegrass championships at the Sydney Country Music Festival

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Attention young bluegrass pickers in New South Wales and Australia proper. The 2015 Sydney Country Music Festival will host Australia’s National Bluegrass Championships, October 31 and November 1. The festival, which is primarily a celebration of Australia’s burgeoning country music scene, will also feature a bluegrass […]


Matching funds available for Richard Cifersky

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

We received a note from Slovak banjo player Richard Cifersky, asking us to share a message about his indiegogo campaign to help him raise the funds necessary to obtain a VISA to live in the United States as a working musician. Filing and attorney fees […]


Cold Icy Mountain from Matt Kinman

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Old time artist Matt Kinman has released this homespun video of him performing Cold Icy Mountain, one of the songs included on his upcoming album with Moses Nelligan, Travelin’ Songs. Kinman is a lifelong musician, though he had spent much of the past dozen years […]


Danny Barnes and The Steve Martin Prize

| September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Danny Barnes, the 2015 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, is a man of many talents and varied interests. Not such a common thing in today’s world of specialization. If you follow mainstream bluegrass music, his may not even […]


Video teaser from Ron Block

| September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ron Block is preparing a September 25 release for his first bluegrass banjo instrumental album, Hogan’s House Of Music. It will include a mix of his own new tunes, and some bluegrass and old time classics. The title comes from the name of his dad’s […]


Danny Barnes receives 2015 Steve Martin Award

| September 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass has been awarded to Danny Barnes, eclectic clawhammer and three-finger picker from Texas. From his time with Bad Livers in the ’90s, through stints with Tim O’Brien, Bill Frisell, Jeff Austin, and alternative string bands of […]


Be a part of Béla and Abby’s banjo mosaic

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

How would you like to have a photo of yourself and your banjo hanging in the home of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn? Well the two banjo mavens have put out a call for just that, so that they can assemble a mosaic from the […]