It turns out Helms is a real life bluegrass fan who does play the banjo. The native Atlantian will be performing, on the banjo, later this month at a fundraiser for the Atlanta based Theatrical Outfit. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the story including a short interview. My favorite line:
Q: Most guys play the guitar in high school to pick up girls. How’d the banjo work for you?
A: I just completely misread girls in high school. This is just one example of how. I’ve been trying to press X-box to make "Banjo Hero."
Judging from this video clip of The Office, Helms’ character Andy is still misreading the girls.