• Throw Down Your Heart in Tucson

    Throw Down Your Heart, the documentary film on Béla Fleck's journey of discovery to Africa to explore the banjo's roots, is set to screen on Thursday (10/9) at the Tucson Film & Music Festival. The film was directed by Béla's brother,

  • Terry Baucom Deering banjo

    Deering Banjos has announced their newest model here at IBMA, the Terry Baucom signature banjo. This is a walnut banjo, and the first Deering model to be introduced with the new rim and lightweight tone ring designed by Greg Deering and

  • Hill Country reissue from Tony Trischka

    Rounder will be reissuing Tony Trischka's terrific 1985 banjo album, Hill Country as a remastered CD on October 21. Tony is viewed as a mainstream guy these days, thanks in no small part to his blockbuster Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular project

  • Earl Scruggs with Family and Friends

    Rounder Records is preparing a unique release for a new live album from banjo patriarch Earl Scruggs. Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends - The Ultimate Collection, Live At The Ryman will be released as an audio CD on November 18,

  • 2008 Winfield winners

    The winners of the instrument contests at the 2008 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS have been announced. Here are a few highlights. Flatpick Guitar 1st place: Tyler Grant - Nashville, TN 2nd place: Allen Shadd - Fort Mill, SC 3rd place: Brandon Davis -

  • Africa To Appalachia hits US

    Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko's cross-cultural musical adventure, Africa To Appalachia, will be released in the US next Tuesday (September 9) with a lengthy tour of the states starting on September 15. Stone, the Canadian banjoist, and Sissoko, a Malian kora

  • Steve Martin banjo CD forthcoming

    We made note late last year of the fact that comedian, actor and banjo player Steve Martin was preparing to record an album of serious banjo music. The recording has been completed, produced by fellow banjo man John McEuen, with assistance

  • Christmas banjo from Bela and the Flecktones

    Renowned banjo master Béla Fleck has recorded a Christmas project in collaboration with his touring band, The Flecktones. Jingle All The Way contains their arrangements of familiar Christmas and holiday music, and is expected for release on Rounder Records September

  • Raising Kane reviewed

    Last year we mentioned a 2006 work of fiction, Raising Kane, written by author and banjo picker, Brent Davis. The book is targeted at young readers, and tells the story of a 12 year old banjoist who goes to work with