Tag: banjo

How To Write A Banjo Concerto

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Practice Strategy Checklist from Bennett Sullivan

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


ACMA opens Papa Joe Smiddy exhibit

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Banjos in Baltimore

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Deering introduces Terry Baucom banjo strings

| March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deering has introduced a new item for banjo players, a custom-gauged set of Terry Baucom strings. This set is what might best be called medium-light, or heavy top, light bottom in guitar parlance. The first and 5th strings are heavier than a standard light gauge, […]


Jim Smoak on Best of Bluegrass

| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

First generation bluegrass banjo picker Jim Smoak will be this weekend’s guest on Best of Bluegrass with Bob Mitchell. Jim had recorded and toured with Bill Monroe, Hylo Brown, Little Jimmy Dickens and Arthur Smith in the 1950s and ’60s. He also had a career […]


Jim Mills interviews J.D. Crowe

| March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

For fans of Scruggs style banjo playing, there aren’t many pickers more esteemed than J.D. Crowe and Jim Mills. Of course, in a relationship between these two, Crowe would be the teacher and Jim the student, though their professional accomplishments are similar. Both are serious followers […]


On Point with Tony Trischka

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Banjo players take note! Tony Trischka will be a guest on today’s (3/5) On Point, syndicated on public radio stations from WBUR 90.9 at Boston University in Massachusetts. He’ll be on the show to chat with host Tom Ashbrook about his latest CD, Great Big […]


Janet Davis Music grand opening celebration

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Janet Davis Music has been among the top retailers of bluegrass instruments, accessories and music for almost four decades now, starting as a small family business run by banjo teacher Janet Davis and her husband, Jim. Last year, the Davis’s handed over operations to new […]


Harry West passes

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Harry West, longtime co-proprietor of Harry & Jeanie West Fine Musical Instruments in Statesville, NC, died on January 25. He was 87 years old. Their store is and has been a destination for both vintage and new bluegrass instruments for several decades now, and will continue […]