• Joe Zauner to Patent Pending

    Washington, DC area banjo player Joe Zauner has joined Patent Pending. Zauner, who has been playing banjo since 1973, is like several of his new bandmates in Patent Pending, in that he cut his bluegrass teeth playing in Washington, DC-area clubs

  • The Story behind the Song – Barabbas

    The Gospel song Barabbas was written by Eldred Hill, the mandolin player with West Virginia-based group Patent Pending. He relates …… “My father had heard a sermon on the crucifixion delivered by his minister Steve Smallman. The theme was that Barabbas was

  • Buster Sexton to Patent Pending

    Patent Pending has announced that Buster Sexton has joined the band on banjo, a change necessitated by the sudden passing of founding member Jim Steptoe on August 30. Buster has worked with a number of popular bluegrass groups in Virginia, including

  • Jim Steptoe arrangements

    Thanks to Murphy Henry, who sent along the details about funeral arrangements for Jim Steptoe, former banjo player with Patent Pending, who passed away this past weekend. A visitation is scheduled from 5:00-8:00 p.m. this evening (9/2) at Brown's Funeral Home

  • Jim Steptoe passes

    Jim Steptoe, longtime banjo player with Patent Pending, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly over the weekend. He was found at his home on Sunday, August 30. Jim was a founding member of the band, along with Eldred Hill, Rusty Williams, Leigh