• What Earl Scruggs Heard by Bob Carlin

    Lockdown – remember that? - had many distressing effects. However, for some people it presented an opportunity to take on tasks that normal routine might not have permitted otherwise.  For producer, teacher/performer, and researcher Bob Carlin, the pandemic allowed him to

  • Banjo – An Illustrated History

    Lovers of the banjo have much to celebrate in this first half of the year, with two carefully researched and prepared hardcover books being released on the history of the instrument. We mentioned The Banjo - America's African Instrument earlier this

  • Blue Yodel #15 – NAMMMMMMM

    The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) Show is held less than a mile from Disneyland. One is a commercial shrine to prepubescent entertainment and sensory overload. The other is a theme park. Or, maybe I should say the NAMM Show

  • John Hartford Stringband does St Louis TV

    We've posted previously about The John Hartford Stringband, and the marvelous album, Memories Of John, which they released in April of 2010 in tribute to their namesake. The band is a joint project of banjoist Bob Carlin, fiddler Matt Combs, and

  • Kyle Creed banjo book from Mel Bay

    Mel Bay has published a book of transcriptions and arrangements based on the playing of influential old time banjo picker Kyle Creed. It was compiled by two of today's clawhammer masters, Bob Carlin and Dan Levenson, who take a complementary,