Tag: banjo

SPBGMA 2016 on the horizon

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

We’re well into the new year, and it’s plenty cold outside, which means that the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America convention in Nashville is right around the corner. Set for February 4-7 in the Sheraton Music City hotel, the weekend will include the […]


Jody Elmore to Breaking Grass

| January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

In what would seem to be the first band personnel switch of 2016, Breaking Grass has announced the addition of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jody Elmore to the band. He will assume the banjo spot recently vacated by Shelton Vanderford. A native Alabamian, Jody has been playing […]


The Banjo Files video from Jacob Underwood

| January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Young Jacob Underwood, banjo picker for Illinois’ Bluegrass Express, has released a video overview of his new solo project, The Banjo Files. The album features Jacob’s crisp traditional-style banjo on ten tracks mixing a few of his original tunes with some 5-string classics. Assisting are Matt […]


Round Window Radio from Jake Schepps

| December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Colorado banjo player Jake Schepps has come up with a creative way to fund his various musical musings, and keep the many fans of his experimental five string projects in the loop. He’s created a new web site, Round Window Radio, using tools available from […]


Bill Keith remembered, part 2

| December 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

In the spirit of yesterday’s Bill Keith remembrance, several of his fellow banjo players have shared their thoughts about Bill. Bill Evans, performer, educator, composer and author, remembers Keith’s love of a cappuccino and his culinary abilities … “As is the case for many of […]


Bill Keith remembered

| December 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

As previously noted, banjo innovator Bill Keith passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015. He was 75 years old and had been in poor health for some time. We recall his sterling career in this retrospective. William Bradford Keith was born on December 20, 1939, […]


Welcome Sean Henry

| December 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

What could be more joyous than a Christmas baby! A Merry Christmas bluegrass welcome to Sean Maxwell Henry, the second son born to banjo player and instructor, Casey Henry. Sean joined the Henry family on December 11, coming in at 8 lbs, 6 oz and […]


Cody Looper to Michael Cleveland

| December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Well… now we know why Cody Looper stepped away from Blue Mafia. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have announced this morning that Cody will be their new banjo player. He steps in to the spot recently vacated when Gaven Largent left the band to play reso-guitar […]


Calib Smith to Blue Mafia

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Blue Mafia has announced today that Cody Looper, who had spent the past five years on banjo with the band, is leaving the group to pursue another musical opportunity. Coming on board in January to play the five will be Indiana native Calib Smith. Hoosier grassers […]


Pocket Lick: Banjo 2 app for iOS

| December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

There’s not much you can get for $0.99 these days. If you are a banjo player, you’d be lucky to get a single banjo string for a buck, much less a new pick, or some new licks to learn. But wait… That’s just what you […]