Tag: banjo

Growing bluegrass music in Reno

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Surely many of our readers live in areas that might be described as a “bluegrass wasteland.” These may be places where some bluegrass fans may live, but no one is actively sponsoring or promoting the music at live shows. Or it could be a spot where the locals just […]


Kickstart Your Jamming: A New Approach To Banjo Improv

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

For years, Murphy Henry has been teaching banjo pickers all over the world, in private lessons, at camps and workshops, and with her Murphy Method lesson videos and DVDs. Throughout her focus has been to encourage students to memorize material by listening and repeating, as […]


It’s a banjo pick… it’s a custom jewelry piece!

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Or is it a floor wax? But seriously, what Christina Holland has done with Anvil Jewelry is a perfect blend of the metal craft she studied in college, and her passion for banjo. And isn’t that what art is all about? Bringing your skills in molding reality […]


Solo album coming soon from Kyle Perkins

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kyle Perkins has made a name for himself as a solid bass player, working with touring acts like the Kati Penn Band, David Parmley & Continental Divide, and the Larry Stephenson Band. He is also a fine banjo player, and his greatest career honor had been […]


Jim Mills introduces the Clanger

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

In this video, top picker and prewar banjo enthusiast Jim Mills proudly introduces his latest find, a Gibson Mastertone PB-3 conversion from 1929-30. After giving a brief overview of the banjo’s history (almost without taking a breath), Jim goes on to play J.D. Crowe’s arrangement of […]


Ryan Cavanaugh exits Soulgrass

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jazz and progressive 5 string banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh has announced his exit from Bill Evans Soulgrass, a hybrid effort by noted sax man Evans to blend funk, jazz and bluegrass grooves. “After 9 years, over 25 countries, and thousands of airline miles logged, I […]


Taylor Pfeiffer sez Toughen Up Princess

| January 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Taylor Pfeiffer is a talented young bluegrass and country artist from Australia who goes by the title, The Banjo Girl. At only 15 years old, she’s appeared all across the continent and has had two songs from her debut EP, You Were The Stranger, appear […]


Buck Trent doing well after surgery

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Iconic banjo player Buck Trent is spending the holidays in the hospital this year, following an aortic valve replacement on December 22. His wife, Jean, tells us that Buck is recovering nicely and was able to sit up the day after his surgery. “He is […]


New bridge for electric banjo from Ryan Cavanaugh

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

It may have appeal for only a limited sector of the banjo world, but pro-picker Ryan Cavanaugh has come up with a new bridge for use on electric banjos that dramatically enhances the natural banjo tone. They will only work on models with a bridge […]


Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

This precious video has been making the rounds online this past few days, written by Canadian folksinger David Myles, animated by Scott Simpson with Playmaker Films, and directed by Murray Bain of Copernicus Studios.