Tag: Jim Mills

Bryan Sutton video in Raleigh

| March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Bryan Sutton and his band appeared at the Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, NC last month, he had a surprise guest in tow. Local resident Jim Mills, who had worked with Sutton as a member of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder some years ago, joined […]


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 […]


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 […]


Photos, video from Scruggs Center opening

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Our Special Bluegrass Correspondent captured some images and video from the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center on January 11.    


Earl Scruggs Center opens in a deluge

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Over one thousand fans of the five-string gathered in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday, January 11, to experience the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Despite pouring rain that moved several events that had been scheduled to take place on the courthouse square into […]


Seminars at IBMA 2013

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass gives folks many chances to meet and learn from others in the industry, both from experts on panels and just chances to mix, mingle and swap stories with other musicians, broadcasters, mangers, and festival promoters. I attended a few of the seminars […]


Jim Mills invites visitors during World of Bluegrass

| September 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention is just around the corner, and a lot of attendees are starting to scout around for things to do in Raleigh while they are in town. During our several scouting trips this year, we found a number of cultural and […]


Life without Earl

| March 28, 2013 | 6 Comments
Jim Mills with Earl Scruggs

This tribute to Earl Scruggs on the anniversary of his passing is a contribution from Jim Mills, a life-long student of Scruggs-style banjo, and a serious collector of the sort of pre war Gibson banjos that Earl played. Jim also maintains a large collection of […]


Banjothon 2013

| January 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

At the early part of each year, prewar banjo enthusiasts of every stripe converge on the town of Maryville in east Tennesse for an annual celebration of all things banjo, known simply as Banjothon. The 2013 get together was held this past weekend, and Dean […]


Vince Gill Bluegrass Band in Richmond

| June 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Richmond,VA photographer, and banjo pick aficionado, Dean Hoffmeyer captured a few images from Vince Gill’s 2012 bluegrass tour when they stopped at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond last night. Joining Vince were Jim Mills on banjo, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Dennis Crouch on […]