Tag: banjo

Rex McGee – Banjo Playing Enigma

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bud Bennett, archivist at Radford University in Virginia, has released another set of his interview videos with top banjo players.  Over recent months he has recorded lengthy, detailed conversations with banjo masters like Butch Robins, Sammy Shelor, Jens Kruger, and John Bullard plus one with innovative […]


Strum Machine brings an accompanist to you

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most anyone who has worked to learn a musical instrument knows how useful it would be to have a buddy who would sit with you and strum along while you practice new songs. Often small errors in timing and meter can slip by before you […]


Leiper’s Fork Christmas from Ron Block

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ron Block has a new album, Leiper’s Fork Christmas, just now released in time for December. For the second year in a row, the noted multi-instrumentalist of Alison Krauss & Union Station fame has recorded a set of instrumental music with his readings of classic holiday favorites. […]


Aaron McDaris does The Voice

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Given our relative obscurity in the mainstream world of pop music, it’s always something of a sensation when one of our bluegrass celebrities is asked to appear on television. Tonight it’s the banjo players’ turn to shine, as Aaron McDaris, banjo picker with Rhonda Vincent […]


Al Batten passes

| November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alton Tharse Batten, known widely as Al, passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was 68 years of age. Al was born and raised in Selma, NC where he lived his entire life. He led the popular bluegrass group, Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion for more […]


Jim Greer remembered 

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ohio banjo player Jim Greer passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine, Ohio.  He was 74 years old and he had been battling cancer. James Marvin ‘Jim’ Greer was born in West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio, on September 3, […]


The Banjo Files – Jacob Underwood

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The banjo is arguably the core of bluegrass music. For many folks, it’s the key to whether or not a song or album can be considered bluegrass. I’ve heard many a traditionalist despair that it’s been all downhill since Manzanita. Fear not, fans of Scruggs […]


Lynwood Lunsford honored in Danville

| November 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

This past Saturday, during the 9th Annual Bright Leaf Brew Fest in Danville, VA, bluegrass veteran Lynwood Lunsford was recognized for his lifetime commitment to our music. Each year, someone from this area of south central Virginia is feted during the festival. Last year’s included a tribute […]


CA Banjo Extravaganza this weekend

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bill Evans’ rolling banjothon series, The California Banjo Extravaganza, is pushing through northern CA this weekend with four more concerts and a workshop for banjo maniacs on the west coast. Each year Bill grabs two other top names in the banjo world, generally players who don’t get out […]


Curtis Bumgarner to Blue Mafia

| November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Blue Mafia has announced the departure of banjo player, Calib Smith, and the addition of new five slinger, Curtis Bumgarner, to the band. Bluegrass fans will recall seeing Curtis with Adkins & Loudermilk over the past few years, and more recently working with Dave Adkins. He […]