Jim Mills interviews J.D. Crowe

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 of Earl Scruggs’ music, and have based their own playing on his example.

Now that Jim has retired from full-time touring, he is focusing on his banjo business and his Jim Mills Banjo Showroom. For some time he has been threatening to start a video series about banjos and banjo players, and here is his first installment, an interview with the great J.D. Crowe. The discussion is fully banjo-centric, including his renowned “Banger,” his wider-spaced bridge, and how he discovered the banjo and bluegrass music.

Anyone with a passion for the five string will want to watch this again and again.


The video was shot and edited with the assistance of Richie Dotson, prominent luthier and banjo builder.

Can’t wait for Jim’s next one!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.