• Bluegrass jamming rules to live by (or not)

    The Night Drivers and I just concluded the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association’s annual pre-festival Bluegrass Jam Camp, which we loved doing. It’s a really good, and well-run program in a beautiful setting. We’ve taught at numerous music camps

  • New York Banjo Summit this Fall

    Who would like to catch a show featuring 8 banjo pickers? No... seriously. You might not laugh when you see the list of eminent players involved. Starting October 25, the New York Banjo Summit will be touring along the US East Coast and

  • Letters from Camp: Day 7

    Jim Gabehart is journaling his time at the Pete Wernick Dr. Banjo Advanced Banjo Camp this week. After the excitement of our concert night, the morning of our last day began quietly, with discussion and reflection on the prior night's performance. Travel schedules

  • Letters from Camp: Day 6

    Jim Gabehart is journaling his time at the Pete Wernick Dr. Banjo Advanced Banjo Camp this week. After a morning touching on several subjects, including tuning, use of capos, movable chords and chord substitutions, most of the day was spent in preparation for

  • Letters from Camp: Day 5

    Jim Gabehart is journaling his time at the Pete Wernick Dr. Banjo Advanced Banjo Camp this week. We had another half-day session yesterday, starting at 9:15 a.m. and going to 1:30 p.m., leaving a nice opportunity to go sightseeing. Although there are many

  • Letters from Camp: Day 4

    Jim Gabehart is journaling his time at the Pete Wernick Dr. Banjo Advanced Banjo Camp this week. After a couple of eight-hour days in class, not including jamming and individual practice outside class, we were given the morning off to work on our

  • Letters from Camp: Day 3

    Jim Gabehart is journaling his time at the Pete Wernick Dr. Banjo Advanced Banjo Camp this week. In my teens and early twenties I regularly entered banjo contests, primarily as a money-making proposition, and did quite well, winning or placing in the money