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Two new capos from Planet Waves

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Planet Waves, the accessories division of D’Addario, has announced a pair of new capos for fretted stringed instruments.  The NS Artist Capo for guitar and the NS Banjo/Mandolin Pro aim to offer musicians features found in hand-tooled models at a much lower price. The NS […]

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Motley – Andy Lowe

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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For his debut solo album, North Carolina banjo man Andy Lowe could have taken the easy route and released a solid collection of Scruggs tunes, mixed in with a few originals and vocal numbers. He certainly has the banjo skills to handle it. Instead, Lowe […]

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The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Many folks in California, and travelers from across the country as well, think of Carlsbad, CA as a beach town. To be sure, their beautiful beaches draw a lot of folks to the shore, but like other communities who thrive on the tourist trade, Carlsbad […]

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Arthur Smith passes

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Over the years it’s been known as Fueding Banjos or Fussing Banjos, but more commonly Dueling Banjos, especially since the release of the film, Deliverance, in 1972 in which it was featured under that name. Arthur Smith, who wrote the tune in 1955, passed away […]

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The Dan Project – around the world with a 5 string

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Retirement can be a confounding concept for those of a certain age. Some, fraught with uncertainty as the life change draws near, are apprehensive or even a bit disconcerted by the prospect. Others run towards it with wild abandon, and others still push the very idea […]

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Russ Carson to Ricky Skaggs

| March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ricky Skaggs has a new banjo player. Russ Carson, who had played with Audie Blaylock & Redline the past three years, is the newest member of Kentucky Thunder. Russ was quick to mention that he is technically on a three month road test, but knowing […]

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How To Write A Banjo Concerto

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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During 2011 while Béla Fleck was writing his banjo concerto, The Imposter, he was closely tailed by filmmaker Sascha Paladino to capture the process. Entering the realm of the symphony orchestra was something completely new for Fleck, who doesn’t read music, much less have training in […]

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Practice Strategy Checklist from Bennett Sullivan

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We’ve written before about Bennett Sullivan, a banjo player plying his trade in New York City, and his fine album of new banjo tunes, Lady Nora. In addition to performing in and around the Big Apple, Bennett is also a successful instructor with a unique […]

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ACMA opens Papa Joe Smiddy exhibit

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Appalachian Cultural Music Association, located on the border between the cities of Bristol in Tennessee and Virginia, has prepared a new exhibit for its Mountain Music Museum to honor a regional music and education celebrity. Papa Joe Smiddy, now 93 years old, is a […]

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Banjos in Baltimore

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On several occasions we’ve covered the history of bluegrass in Baltimore, MD. Prominent artists have lived and plied their trade there, from Earl Taylor and Walter Hensley through Del McCoury and Mike Munford, the reigning IBMA banjo player of the year. Looking even further back, The […]

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