Tag: banjo

New bridge for electric banjo from Ryan Cavanaugh

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It may have appeal for only a limited sector of the banjo world, but pro-picker Ryan Cavanaugh has come up with a new bridge for use on electric banjos that dramatically enhances the natural banjo tone. They will only work on models with a bridge […]

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Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This precious video has been making the rounds online this past few days, written by Canadian folksinger David Myles, animated by Scott Simpson with Playmaker Films, and directed by Murray Bain of Copernicus Studios.  

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Deck the Halls with lots of banjos

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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What’s more Christmasy than a bunch of banjos? Isn’t the first thought in your mind when December rolls around? Well Irish folk band We Banjo 3, who developed their name from three members of the four being given to pick the old banjo, certainly are […]

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Rudiger Helbig banjo strings from Ortega

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Rüdiger Helbig may be the most popular banjo picker in Germany, so much so that he is credited for helping create and nurture the bluegrass scene in Western Europe. His band, Huckleberry Five, tours the continent bringing American-style music to appreciative crowds, and since 1979 his […]

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Three ReFlecktions on Béla and Abigail in Frederick

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This set of reflections on a Béla Fleck/Abigail Washburn concert is a first contribution from Jen Hughes, a new writer we hope to feature semi-regularly at Bluegrass Today. Perfectionism I have always thought Béla Fleck is a perfectionist. I came to this notion not only […]

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Huber introduces the Classic 58

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Huber Banjos, whose Truetone series has been patterned after vintage prewar instruments, has introduced a model styled after the classic Bow Tie banjo introduced when widespread production resumed after WWII. In this case, it’s The Classic 58, what most connoisseurs view as the definitive example of this style […]

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Straight Up Strings announces distribution plans

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Roger Siminoff’s Straight Up Strings has announced Elderly Instruments as the exclusive online retailer for their new banjo and mandolin string sets. These are the sets that Roger designed to ensure that each string – or set of pairs for mandolin – exerts equal downward tension on […]

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Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Banjo player Simon Mitchinson has launched a new web site offering free backing tracks for bluegrass musicians who need a resource for practicing their instruments. At present he has 72 jam favorites posted, mostly banjo and fiddle tunes, in a variety of keys. He has also […]

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The Day The Banjo Dies from Roni Stoneman

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Roni Stoneman has released a single from her upcoming bluegrass album, which answers the autobiographical question, “Have you ever thought about retiring?” Written by her long time guitarist, Ronnie Buff, The Day The Banjo Dies makes it plenty clear that Roni doesn’t plan on slowing […]

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Avenue of the Giants – Russ Carson

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Kentucky Thunder banjo player Russ Carson might not yet be recognized among the giants of the five string community, but it seems likely from his latest Patuxent CD, Avenue of the Giants, that he’ll soon be counted in their number. This talented young picker excels at both 3-finger […]

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