Tony Trischka interview at

Tony Trischka Double Banjo has a piece up that features an interview with banjo picker Tony Trischka. It is focused on his recent release, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, which includes Tony and a host of celebrated banjoists in twin banjo arrangements. Earl Scruggs, Tom Adams, B?©la Fleck, Scott Vestal, Noam Pikelny and many more share the banjo duties with Trischka on this project.

The CMT piece focuses on Tony’s collaboration with actor/comedian/banjo player Steve Martin, who also appears on the new CD, and getting the opportunity to perform with Martin on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Tony also shares his feelings about working with Earl Scruggs.

“When we were recording the album, I was sitting knee to knee with him while we were rehearsing the tunes,” he says. “The thing that really hit me is how powerful his playing still is. And I saw him in New York four or five months ago. Just the very first hit of ‘Salty Dog,’ there was just that sound. The tone is the thing with Earl. It’s just so deep and so right and so perfect and so there, you can’t even really explain what it is about it, but it takes your head off.”

Read the full interview at

Speaking of Trischka, Martin and television… The two will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 26, so mark your calendars and set your TiVo.

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