Tag: banjo

Noam Pikelny goes solo

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Banjo wizard Noam Pikelny is taking leave of his Punch Brothers bandmates – for the next few weeks at least – to venture out on his first solo performance tour. And by solo, we mean solo; just him on stage – no band. Dates are […]


Billy Faier passes

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Billy Faier, known for his distinctive banjo arrangements, his radio programs, and his radical politics died on January 29, 2016 at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, TX. He was 85 years of age when he passed. Faier had recorded a number of influential banjo […]


Lowe Vintage Instruments robbed

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

A man committed a snatch-and-grab robbery yesterday at Lowe Vintage Instruments in Burlington, NC, getting away with three rare, vintage banjos. The value of the three instruments was placed at just over $16,000. Instruments brokers and pawn dealers in central and western North Carolina are advised […]


Got Myself Together (10 years later) – Danny Barnes

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Texas-born, Seattle-based banjo pioneer Danny Barnes is coming off a good year. Being the sixth person to win the prestigious Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass award—along with its $50,000 —brings the name Danny Barnes up from his dedicated and nearly-cultish underground […]


Steve Martin at the American Banjo Museum

| January 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City has released a video interview with Steve Martin, in conjunction with their new exhibit, The Banjo World of Steve Martin. The exhibit contains personal memorabilia and rare photos Steve has shared with them. Both 4 and 5 string […]


Gina Clowes to Chris Jones

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers have announced the newest member of their band. Gina Clowes will join the group shortly, when Chris and the guys return from their current west coast swing. A Virginia native, and part of the absurdly talented Furtado family, Gina had […]


Mitch Walker to Jeff Brown

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome has announced a band change. Banjo man Eli Gilbert is leaving the group. He is set to graduate this Spring from East Tennessee State University, and has accepted a teaching position in Maine after graduation, where he was born and raised. Eli […]


Ben Eldridge Retires from Seldom Scene

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nothing lasts forever, but Ben Eldridge’s 44-plus years with the Seldom Scene seemed to come close. His long run with the legendary bluegrass band came to an official end this morning, when remaining members announced his retirement and the addition of Rickie Simpkins to the […]


SPBGMA 2016 on the horizon

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

We’re well into the new year, and it’s plenty cold outside, which means that the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America convention in Nashville is right around the corner. Set for February 4-7 in the Sheraton Music City hotel, the weekend will include the […]


Jody Elmore to Breaking Grass

| January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

In what would seem to be the first band personnel switch of 2016, Breaking Grass has announced the addition of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jody Elmore to the band. He will assume the banjo spot recently vacated by Shelton Vanderford. A native Alabamian, Jody has been playing […]