Tag: banjo

Grey Fox to host Keith banjo summit

| July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has a special treat in store for banjo lovers, and fans of the seminal and highly influential style of Bill Keith. Bill was a pioneer in developing what is now known as the melodic style of banjo, sometimes called […]


John Hickman hospitalized

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
John Hickman

When it rains, it pours… We posted last month about the fundraising appeal for banjo legend John Hickman and his wife Susie, hoping to raise money to fix his roof and make a number of needed structural repairs on their house. The great news is […]


Noam Pikelny joins Martin banjo prize board

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Steve Martin has announced that Noam Pikelny, current banjoist with Punch Brothers, has joined the Board which selects the recipients of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Noam had been the inaugural prize winner in 2010. Martin founded this award […]


Adams County Banjo on Radio Velvet

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Radio Velvet, the 24/7 streaming bluegrass station based in the Slovak Republic, has announced a new show starring American banjo legend, Tom Adams. Adams County Banjo will air each Wednesday at www.radiovelvet.eu at noon (eastern US time), which is 6:00 p.m. Central European Time. A […]


Hey Ira Gitlin… What’s In Your Case?

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lisa Jacobi caught up with DC-area banjoist Ira Gitlin at a dog park in Alexandria, VA for one of her guerrilla-style What’s In Your Case? videos.  


Banjo tabs from Hamish Davidson

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hamish Davidson, the banjo-playing half of Australia’s Davidson Brothers, has published Bluegrass Banjo Davidson Style, a book of banjo tabs from his recorded solos with the band. A total of 28 songs/tunes are included, each presented in hand-written, metered tablature. There are no song notes, […]


Ryan Cavanaugh demos the EMG ACM-5 banjo pickup

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

New York banjo picker Ryan Cavanaugh has created a pair of videos where he is demonstrating the efficacy of the new ACM-5 banjo pickup from EMG. To do so, he performs two new pieces of his, destined for his next album, The Realist, due during the […]


Help John Hickman get a new roof

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the enduring sadnesses of the bluegrass world is the frequency with which we come before you to request assistance for a member of our community. Straitened means seems to be the norm for many of our musical heroes, outside of the few that […]


Jens Kruger interview now available from Radford

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bud Bennett has posted a third in his series of intensive video interviews with banjo legends. Following the terrific multi-part vidoes with Butch Robins and Sammy Shelor, Bud now has one with Swiss/German five string master, Jens Kruger. In a pair of roughly one hour […]


Ben Freed passes

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ben Freed, New York banjoist and retired optometrist, has died. He was 59 years of age. Ben was that rare individual who was respected professionally both in his medical career, where he was a low-vision specialist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical […]