• Banjo NewsLetter 35th Anniversary issue

    The November issue of Banjo NewsLetter marks the 35th Anniversary of continuous publication for this cherished 5-string monthly. And how appropriate that it follows founder Hub Nitchie's posthumous receipt of an IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in October 2008. This issue contains

  • Two new Goodtime banjos

    Deering banjos has two new models in its popular Goodtime line of less expensive, American made instruments. The Goodtime banjos have been a hit with both new banjo pickers wanting to start with a low cost but solidly made instrument,

  • Czech bluegrass instruction

    Here in the Southeastern US we're quite used to bluegrass events, including instructional camps and clinics. Seeing the same happen in other parts of the world always fascinates me. It seems the main (only?) such event in the Czech Republic recently

  • Silver Anniversary for Dr. Banjo

    Pete Wernick will celebrate 25 years leading instructional camps for banjo pickers when he convenes his Winter Banjo Camps in January 2009. The camps are held in Boulder, CO and separate events are held for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. Pete

  • Chord books for kids from Mel Bay

    Mel Bay Publications has released a series of children's chord books for young pickers getting started on banjo, mandolin or ukulele. Each book runs 24 pages and presents the chords systematically, starting with simple shapes and moving later to more difficult

  • Tony Trischka – Hill Country

    Rounder Records subtitles banjo man Tony Trischka's newly-reissued 1985 album Hill Country as The Tony Trischka Bluegrass Album. That reference doesn't seem especially startling to modern eyes, following Tony's success in 2007 with his Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular project, but when

  • Banjos on All Things Considered

    Yesterday's (10/12) edition on Weekend All Things Considered on NPR included a segment on Africa To Appalachia, the recording that was born of banjoist Jayme Stone's musical journey of discovery in Western Africa. Stone partnered with Mansa Sissoko, a

  • Playing the banjo is polite

    According to USA Today, playing the banjo is polite. At least that's what I take away from a story they are currently running concerning a new biography of Emily Post. Emily Post is the author of the book Etiquette, first published

  • New from Recording King

    Recording King has introduced three new models - two new solid top guitars and a very special, limited edition banjo. The Bill Sullivan Tribute Banjo is being offered exclusively through First Quality Musical Supply, and is being offered as a legacy