Tag: banjo

Ben Freed passes

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ben Freed, New York banjoist and retired optometrist, has died. He was 59 years of age. Ben was that rare individual who was respected professionally both in his medical career, where he was a low-vision specialist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical […]

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Béla and Abby go full metal banjo

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you are an online comedy aficionado, you may be familiar with a site called The AV Club, which is a kissin’ cousin to the popular parody news site, The Onion. Fun music videos are a big part of their output, including their A.V. Undercover […]

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Bill Birchfield passes

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Traditional and old time musician Bill Birchfield has died this morning (May 15), after having suffered a stroke last night. He was known widely as both a banjo picker and fiddler, and for his many years with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, with whom he performed […]

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New banjo book from Lluis Gómez

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Spanish banjo master Lluis Gómez has a new banjo book which he says was only unintentionally released. He assembled it as a teaching aid for himself, but since students and workshop participants expressed such a strong interest in purchasing a copy, he decided to print […]

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On This Day #38 – Carroll Best

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On This Day…… On May 8, 1995, Carroll Best was shot dead by his brother Sam. He was 64 years of age. Hugh Carroll Best Jr, from the Crabtree community of Haywood County, North Carolina, was a master of the melodic or fiddle-style of playing […]

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Steve Lewis – Inside the mind of a contest champion

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Steve Lewis, from Todd, NC (a tiny community just north of Boone) was gracious enough to talk with me about his experience playing and winning some of the toughest banjo and guitar contests in the country. In the interest of full disclosure, I first met […]

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Dr Arm from Banjolit

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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US grassers are rapidly getting used to the idea of bluegrass music being a truly international endeavor. It may be, and may long remain, a primarily American musical form, but important contributions from beyond our shores are a regular component of bluegrass news. Eastern Europe […]

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Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies by Bill Evans

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The folks at Wiley Publishing have generated one of the few print media powerhouses in this age of declining magazine and book sales. Their bright yellow Dummies books seemingly cover every imaginable topic from digital photography to writing computer code. So much so that they […]

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Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy back to Pigeon Forge

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jack Hatfield reminded us yesterday that his Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy has moved back to Pigeon Forge, TN, and will be held in the barn adjacent to his business. The Academy grew out of the remnants of the Maryland Banjo Academy, which was run by the staff […]

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How To Write A Banjo Concerto comes to VOD

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Finally! The 2014 film How To Write A Banjo Concerto, which follows Béla Fleck through the process of conceiving and composing The Imposter, is being released to video on demand. Starting tomorrow, April 21, viewers will be able to watch the movie through iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo […]

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