• Jim Mills and Henry howl at the moon

    Howling at the banjo, I should say. Here's a light-hearted video that should bring you a smile. Avid banjo collector and tradesman Jim Mills is in the habit of shooting a quick video whenever he gets a new instrument in the shop,

  • Bryan Sutton video in Raleigh

    When Bryan Sutton and his band appeared at the Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, NC last month, he had a surprise guest in tow. Local resident Jim Mills, who had worked with Sutton as a member of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky

  • Jim Mills introduces the Clanger

    In this video, top picker and prewar banjo enthusiast Jim Mills proudly introduces his latest find, a Gibson Mastertone PB-3 conversion from 1929-30. After giving a brief overview of the banjo's history (almost without taking a breath), Jim goes on to play

  • Jim Mills interviews J.D. Crowe

    For fans of Scruggs style banjo playing, there aren't many pickers more esteemed than J.D. Crowe and Jim Mills. Of course, in a relationship between these two, Crowe would be the teacher and Jim the student, though their professional accomplishments

  • Earl Scruggs Center opens in a deluge

    Over one thousand fans of the five-string gathered in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday, January 11, to experience the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Despite pouring rain that moved several events that had been scheduled to take place

  • Seminars at IBMA 2013

    IBMA's World of Bluegrass gives folks many chances to meet and learn from others in the industry, both from experts on panels and just chances to mix, mingle and swap stories with other musicians, broadcasters, mangers, and festival promoters. I attended a

  • Life without Earl

    This tribute to Earl Scruggs on the anniversary of his passing is a contribution from Jim Mills, a life-long student of Scruggs-style banjo, and a serious collector of the sort of pre war Gibson banjos that Earl played. Jim also

  • Banjothon 2013

    At the early part of each year, prewar banjo enthusiasts of every stripe converge on the town of Maryville in east Tennesse for an annual celebration of all things banjo, known simply as Banjothon. The 2013 get together was held

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