• Jim Mills passes

    Jim Mills, one of the most celebrated banjo players of his generation, and a noted vintage instrument trader, has died of a heart attack at his home in Durham, NC on May 3. He was 57 years of age. Though most

  • J.D. Crowe remembered in recent interviews

    For those of us grieving the loss of blugrass banjo legend J.D. Crowe, who passed away on Christmas Eve, here are a few interviews conducted in recent years that should be both enjoyable and informative. This first was recorded in 2019

  • 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, 2014 to experience the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Despite pouring rain that moved several events that had been scheduled to take