• Appalachia Apologia from Lonesome Trio

    Ed Helms, the well-known movie and TV comic, and less-well-known banjo picker and acoustic musician, is putting the old band back together, reuniting his college group, The Lonesome Trio, and releasing a new album of original material June 16 on

  • Sam and Del at The Sitch

    Our friends at The Bluegrass Situation have posted this charming video of Sam Bush and Del McCoury, recorded prior to their debut duet show at The Birchmere back on November 18. It captures the two old friends backstage before the show,

  • More banjo on The Office

    On this past week's edition of the popular NBC television program, The Office, the character portrayed by Ed Helms (Andy) once again broke out the old five string to entertain his officemates. If you check out the video below, you'll

  • Funny… or what?

    Noted comedian and banjo picker Ed Helms, he of The Hangover and The Office fame, has created another clever video for Funny Or Die featuring his banjo pickin' persona. You may recall the hilarious spoof he did with Noam Pikelny when Noam's

  • Don’t sing it, Noam

    Noam Pikelny's new banjo album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail, drops tomorrow (10/25), and we will run an interview with Noam at that time. But it turns out there's more to this project than meets the eye. Thanks to

  • Ed Helms and Lonesome Trio

    Ed Helms has gotten our attention before when he did a little picking on The Office. He's got a new movie heading to the big screen, and again he'll be injecting some music into the role. NPR invited Helms into

  • Ed Helms and the L.A. Bluegrass Situation

    We've  written before about Ed Helms (of The Office) and his love for bluegrass music. Not content merely to be a lone banjo player in L.A., Helms decided it was time to put together a bluegrass music event in Hollywood. Partnering

  • Banjo in The Office

    We've posted once before concerning the inclusion of the banjo in the popular TV show The Office. The latest episode includes another musical interlude featuring the instrument. With a new secretary in The Office, Dwight and Andy attempt to impress her

  • A Banjo in The Office

    I'm sure there are at least a few fans of The Office among us. So you may have already caught the episode in which Ed Helms, in character as Andy Bernard, plays the banjo. It turns out Helms is a real