Tag: banjo

Ray Hesson passes

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Ray Hesson, renowned banjoist from southern Maryland, died on Tuesday (May 24) after a long illness. He was 74 years of age. Born Raymond David Hesson on December 14, 1941, Ray was a fixture in the DC-area bluegrass scene since the 1960s when he taught […]

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Free Bright Star banjo tabs from Steve Martin

| May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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To help promote his new Broadway musical, Bright Star, written with Edie Brickell, Steve Martin has created and is giving away a free iOS app with banjo tabs for all the songs in the show. The Bright Star app will work on iPhones and iPads and […]

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Fine Times At Our House video from Kaia Kater

| May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A good many serious bluegrass fans were surprised by some of the names on the list of IBMA’s 2016 World of Bluegrass Showcase artists invited to perform at their convention in Raleigh, NC later this year. Some were new acts understandably unfamiliar to bluegrass followers, with others coming […]

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Beyond The Waterfall from Dan Levenson

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Mel Bay will soon release a new book of old time tunes from banjo and fiddle favorite, Dan Levenson. Beyond The Waterfall contains 40 lesser-played tunes arranged for both banjo and fiddle, presented in banjo tablature and standard notation. Levenson suggests that these are fairly […]

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Banjo spot opens up in Country Current

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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US Navy Band Country Current is on the hunt for a new banjo player, with Senior Chief Keith Arneson set to retire next spring. Country Current is the Navy’s only band dedicated to bluegrass and country music, and they demand high levels of musicianship and professionalism to […]

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KET highlights banjo maker Frank Neat

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Banjo players all over the world know the name of Frank Neat, Kentucky luthier and builder of banjos and custom banjo necks of the highest quality. Many aficionados of the five string first noticed Frank when Ralph Stanley was marketing a Stanleytone model banjo at […]

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Remo Belli passes

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Banjo players lost a major supporter earlier this week, one few of them ever thought much about. Remo Belli died on Monday afternoon (4/25) at 88 years of age. His Remo Inc. manufactured the mylar banjo heads they use since 1957. The company was founded to serve […]

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Corea and Fleck Sear the Sky and Leave Their Mark

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Like two comets, tails a-blazing, chasing each other around the galaxy, dancing, jousting, and matter mixing to create something totally anew, Béla Fleck and Chick Corea jolted the Earth further upright on its axis and stunned the Boston crowd on April 10th with their mesmerizing […]

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Dwight Diller bio coming this summer

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
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McFarland Books has announced a July 22 release date for Dwight Diller: West Virginia Mountain Musician, a biography of the old time music stalwart by Lewis M. Stern. Diller is a true West Virginian, born and raised in a family that are among the oldest […]

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Banjo Concerto No. 2: Juno by Béla Fleck

| April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Somewhere in the midst of an album and EP with Abigail Washburn (with full-time touring and winning a Grammy), an album and touring with Chick Corea, performing his concerto, The Impostor, dozens of times, and being a father, the indefatigable Béla Fleck found time to write a […]

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