Tag: banjo

Banjo spot opens up in Country Current

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


KET highlights banjo maker Frank Neat

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Remo Belli passes

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Corea and Fleck Sear the Sky and Leave Their Mark

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Dwight Diller bio coming this summer

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Banjo Concerto No. 2: Juno by Béla Fleck

| April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Round Window Radio Sampler from Jake Schepps

| March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Colorado banjoist Jake Schepps is offering a free sampler of the music he has been working on of late, as a tease for his new subscription service, Round Window Radio. We live in a challenging time for musical artists, where the sorts of income streams […]


Steve Gulley introduces Stuart Wyrick

| March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Steve Gulley has prepared a brief video to introduce a new album, East Tennessee Sunrise, from his good friend, Stuart Wyrick. It was recorded at Steve’s Curve Studio and is set for a fall release on Rural Rhythm Records. Stuart is an accomplished banjo picker currently […]


Banjo – An Illustrated History

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lovers of the banjo have much to celebrate in this first half of the year, with two carefully researched and prepared hardcover books being released on the history of the instrument. We mentioned The Banjo – America’s African Instrument earlier this month, portrayed by its […]


Tony Trischka and “The Green Flash Banjo” Illuminate Hilo, Hawaii

| March 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

This review of a recent Tony Trischka concert is a contribution from Jack Tottle. When Tony Trischka steps into the spotlight at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo, Hawaii, the first thing that grabs the audience is his banjo. The entire length of the fingerboard blazes […]