Marc Pruett in October BNL

The cover of the October issue of Banjo NewsLetter features an elder statesman of the five string, and a brash young newcomer.

Marc Pruett, currently working with Balsam Range, is the subject of a lengthy interview in this month’s edition. It’s a timely inclusion, as the band saw the title track of their current CD, Trains I Missed, selected as the 2011 Song of the Year at Thursday’s IBMA Awards show.

From the article…

“When I was a boy, I would come home from school and my mother would let me listen to country music on the radio. It was a little program called the Cornbread Matinée. One day they featured Flatt and Scruggs, and it just went all through me. They played Earl’s Breakdown and Flint Hill Special and I asked my mother, ‘What is that instrument that man’s playing?’ She said, ‘Son, that’s a banjo,’ and I said, ‘Well, I want one for Christmas.’

There was a perfection in Scruggs’s banjo playing that just jumped right into my heart and said, ‘That’s part of what you are too, pal.’ ”

The cover also includes a photo of young Johnny Mizzone of Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, whose new album, America’s Music, has just been released.

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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.