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RB5 - Posted - 03/09/2008:  10:00:32


I often wonder about Larry McNeely's where abouts and what he is doing in life at this moment. Larry McNeely's banjo playing is what inspired me to take up the banjo and I will never forget when I received my video lessons of intermediate banjo playing 101 by the great Larry McNeely himself. Wow it was an awesome banjo course with the final song in the course Bethoven's fifth symphony. I mean what could top that? I own all his albums and listen to them faithfully all the time but he seams to have dropped off the planet. Does anybody out there have some news on his where abouts and what he is doing with his life at the moment? I would greatly apprerciate any little tid bit.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.

ldgrmnmc - Posted - 03/09/2008:  10:17:56



I've wondered the same thing at times.....I do know from photos posted on the website that he has shown up at a banjo workshop or two. Here is a photo from Jack Hatfield's website.



I have three albums with LM....live at mcabes'. Banjo Rhapsody. and the live one called After Midnight.....are there any others?

arby3 - Posted - 03/09/2008:  10:43:59


I understand from a friend who has a guitar shop in Pittsboro, NC that he and his wife are living somewhere around Carthage, NC. Don't know if he's still playing.

RB5 - Posted - 03/09/2008:  11:34:36


Hey Idgrmnmc

You are missing Larry's Power Play album and the Confederation album which was recorded by Sheffield Lab direct to disk album. Those two albums of his are the best he has ever recorded. Some great songs on these albums are siver wings on the water, lonesome angels, sleepy eyes, old Joe Clark, roll in my baby's arms and big fat mama just to name a few.... You should try to get copies of these albums. They are classics especially if you're a McNeely fan.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.


Edited by - RB5 on 03/09/2008 11:37:26

ldgrmnmc - Posted - 03/09/2008:  14:53:25


quote:
Originally posted by RB5

Hey Idgrmnmc

You are missing Larry's Power Play album and the Confederation album which was recorded by Sheffield Lab direct to disk album. Those two albums of his are the best he has ever recorded. Some great songs on these albums are siver wings on the water, lonesome angels, sleepy eyes, old Joe Clark, roll in my baby's arms and big fat mama just to name a few.... You should try to get copies of these albums. They are classics especially if you're a McNeely fan.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.





Thanks,,,,,,I've now looked for these recordings, and I've seen them listed, but I haven't found them for sale anywhere.........If anyone has a post or URL for sales, post it here!!!

lethegoodtimesroll - Posted - 03/09/2008:  17:22:18


Try Amazon.......

sdfarris - Posted - 03/09/2008:  17:54:13


The Sheffield recordings are available for download from emusic.com



Sam Farris
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silentbanjo.com - Silent Practice banjo system

56 Gibson Hoss - Posted - 03/09/2008:  20:10:59


In the pic above, it looks like Douglas Dillard in the gold coat and hat, Is that correct?

Tom in Tulsa

ldgrmnmc - Posted - 03/09/2008:  21:04:32


quote:
Originally posted by 56 Gibson Hoss

In the pic above, it looks like Douglas Dillard in the gold coat and hat, Is that correct?

Tom in Tulsa




Yes it is!

Flying Eagle - Posted - 03/09/2008:  23:24:40


quote:
Originally posted by ldgrmnmc


I've wondered the same thing at times.....I do know from photos posted on the website that he has shown up at a banjo workshop or two. Here is a photo from Jack Hatfield's website.







Wow, there's a lot of melodic banjo genius in that shot. Those three guys are all legendary. If it had been Alan Munde there instead of Dillard, it would have been the ultimate melodic jam of all time. Well, maybe if Bobby Thompson could have been there too.

RB5 - Posted - 03/11/2008:  23:47:30


I had tried to contact the editor for the banjo newsletter once to ask them to do an interview with Larry McNeely but all I got was a telephone recording telling me to leave a message and I did and they never got back to me. It sure would be nice to have some news on Larry McNeely.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.

Thor - Posted - 03/12/2008:  11:15:44


I have Larry's first album, "Glen Campbell Presents: Larry McNeely"

Great record:

Side One:
Mac Arthur Park
If you got to go, go now
Banjo Raga Number Two
Stick With Me, Baby
Bethe

Side Two:
Alexander Freedom
Shuckin the Corn
Payday
Haley's Comet's Comin'
Who Am I Medley



Edited by - Thor on 03/12/2008 11:16:16

ldgrmnmc - Posted - 03/12/2008:  12:56:11


quote:
Originally posted by Thor

I have Larry's first album, "Glen Campbell Presents: Larry McNeely"

Great record:

Side One:
Mac Arthur Park
If you got to go, go now
Banjo Raga Number Two
Stick With Me, Baby
Bethe

Side Two:
Alexander Freedom
Shuckin the Corn
Payday
Haley's Comet's Comin'
Who Am I Medley







Interesting,,,I never knew that one existed.

boyratchet - Posted - 03/12/2008:  12:59:29


You might enjoy this...

youtube.com/watch?v=T_NCWSgdw_A

Tacheles ist sagen was die sache ist.

Thor - Posted - 03/12/2008:  13:22:48


quote:
Originally posted by ldgrmnmc



Interesting,,,I never knew that one existed.


Yep. In fact, it's mentioned in "Masters of the 5-String Banjo" where the tab for "Bethe" can be found.

pick1936 - Posted - 03/12/2008:  15:51:38


Bill,, and Butch together,, wish I could have been there..




pick the banjer son.

Lee Kelso

Scooter Muse - Posted - 03/12/2008:  16:57:44


I also listened to a lot of Larry McNeely when I first started...at least what I could find. A big influence on me as well.

Jack Hatfield (Smokey Mt Banjo Ac. where that photo I think was taken) told me when I asked him about McNeely -- that Larry works for his wife's cell phone company. Jack said he had wanted Larry to come back as one of the faculty but was having difficulty getting in touch with him.

Thats what little I know or have heard. It really is a shame if he has intentionally removed himself from the banjo world.

Scooter Muse


Edited by - Scooter Muse on 04/28/2010 11:07:36

sdfarris - Posted - 03/12/2008:  17:32:29


I met Larry a few years ago at SMBA 2004 (and yes that's where the picture was taken). He is a very nice man but extremely modest about his talent and also somewhat shy and introverted. I did get him to show me "Jerry's Breakdown" (on guitar) during a quiet moment between classes - once he gets started playing he loses most of his inhibitions. And he can still play just as fast and clean as he did on the Glen Campbell show.

Sam Farris
tranjo.com -- Tranjo travel Banjo
silentbanjo.com - Silent Practice banjo system

Bongshang - Posted - 03/12/2008:  18:39:17


Hangout member Don Bruton (pickalot) can tell you a lot about Larry and what he's doing now. He hasn't posted here for a while, but send him a message and I'm sure he'll tell you all you need to know. He's a really nice guy, and a huge McNeely fan,

JJ

Bongshang


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grich - Posted - 03/12/2008:  18:46:09


I took lessons from Larry when he lived in Hollywood , he's a super nice guy and it would be great to see him post here !


RB5 - Posted - 03/12/2008:  20:03:43


Oh thank you boyratchet for that you tube bit on Larry. Just simply amazing!!!!! Such an increadible talent at 18 years old to boot. I think I am going to make this finding Larry McNeely my mission and would'nt it be great if we could get him to post here on the hangout. Can you imagine the increadible wealth of knowledge this guy would bring to the hangout. Maybe that little push is what a guy like that needs to spark his interest back into his banjo playing and want to share some of it with us. What can I say, its worth a try right? I will try emailling Don Bruton and see what he knows.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.

RB5 - Posted - 03/12/2008:  20:09:36


Oh oh! I tried to find Don Bruton (pickalot) in the members list and it says it canot find any matches to that name. Does someone have any other suggestions?

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.

budbennett - Posted - 03/13/2008:  12:07:31


quote:
Originally posted by sdfarris

The Sheffield recordings are available for download from emusic.com



Sam Farris
tranjo.com -- Tranjo travel Banjo
silentbanjo.com - Silent Practice banjo system




i'm looking there but not seeing it- is it there by another title or something?

RB5 - Posted - 03/13/2008:  19:06:10


The name of the sheffield album is Confederation. It features Larry McNeely with Geoff Levin and Jack Skinner. It does say inside the cover Album Lab-9(SL-29/SL-30) Order from Sheffield Lab, Inc. P.O. Box 5332 Santa Barbara, CA 93108.It was recorded in 1978. Hope this is helpfull to you budbennett.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.

banjothumper5 - Posted - 03/13/2008:  19:19:56


Don`t forget Larry was also one of Roy Acuff`s Smoky Mountain Boys. He was on some of Roy`s LP`s in the 70`s & early 80`s at least. He was at the Tennessee Fall Homecoming the last few years with Charlie Collins and the Smoky Mountain Boys. He also is great on harmonica.

Allen

Bongshang - Posted - 03/14/2008:  15:29:26


banjohangout.org/my/pickalot

Bongshang


GF-85 customized to the hilt

RB5 - Posted - 03/14/2008:  20:31:35


Thanks Bongshang. I've just sent pickalot an email. Waiting for reply.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.

RB5 - Posted - 03/15/2008:  14:02:57


I got a reply and Don said he would post some stuff here today. Can't wait.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.

pickalot - Posted - 03/15/2008:  15:47:51


Thanks, Robert (rb5) for the heads-up that a search is on for my ALL-TIME HERO....Larry McNeely. I'm so glad to know there is a swarm of McNeely fans out there. He is truly lengendary.

I should give a little background on myself and see if maybe others who like Larry can relate to my story.....I was born and grew up in North Carolina and was forced into music by my parents, who knew I had it in me but needed to give me a push. They used to make me come in on Saturday evening when I was a kid to watch the Lawrence Welk Show so that I would have some kind of exposure to music. (All I wanted to do was fish and stay in the woods.) Well, their plan worked and I got the music bug and started school band in the 6th grade (instead of the 5th, like everyone else). I had actually failed song flute in the 4th grade...from total lack of interest... so I didn't think music was for me.

I began and stayed a trumpet player all the way thru college and afterward was playing in big dance bands. During this time I began to listen to bluegrass and had heard Earl for years ( he lived about an hour from me and I heard him play in person several times) but even that had not caused me to want to try the banjo. It was only after watching the Glen Campbell Show and seeing and hearing Larry McNeely play "his way" that I was to be hopelessly enslaved to the 5 string banjo. The first time I heard Larry on the Campbell show he played "Beth", the dramatic melodic tune he had written for his wife. It was...and still is.... totally awesome! For anyone who has not heard this tune, it is #5 on side one of the vinyl 33 album from the 70's titled "Glen Campbell Presents Larry McNeely". This album was a mixed bag of guitar, vocal and just a couple banjo tunes, another of which was "Shuckin' the Corn"......the same arrangement that Larry used to win the International Banjo Championship during that time.

Larry was so smooth on "Beth" and "Shuckin' The Corn" that he sounded a lot like a classical piano! I think that's what hooked me on Larry. His way of playing had a classical sound instead of just a bluegrass sound. He had taken the banjo to a new level with a sound that I had never heard. I was trained on trumpet with all the dynamics and scaley stuff and here was this fellow doing it on a banjo! Man, was I impressed. I don't think I've had a good night's sleep since!

To make a long story short I gave up the trumpet and got started on the banjo. I became "obsessed", took lessons for about 6 months from a 16 year old banjo wizard in Charlotte, NC......practiced 4 to 8 hours a day, listened to McNeely albums and when my teacher quit teaching I took his place. I taught for 15 years full time and had over 1000 students during that time. This was also when the movie, "Deliverence", came out and anyone who could play a tune on the banjo could have had all the students they wanted. What I'm leading up to here is that every student I have had....then and now....is "required" to hear Larry McNeely so they will know what can be done.... with the greatest of taste.... on the banjo. I know today we have Fleck, Furtado, Trischka and many, many other great banjo players who can get the job done ( a great many of whom were no doubt inspired by Larry McNeely), but I have never heard anything from anyone that grabbed me...and still does.... like Larry's music. I am totally prejudiced when it comes to McNeely and his playing. He is the standard by which all banjo music that "I hear"... is judged. Sorry, but no one even comes close......in" my" humble opinion. I don't think I would have ever touched a banjo if it was not for Larry McNeely.

I know the preceeding has seemed like too much about me and not enough about Larry but I thought some foundation was in order. Rest assured that my upcoming inputs will be more about finding the elusive Larry McNeely. I have 2 or 3 other chapters to share with McNeely fans and hopefully we can get Larry involved somehow. I have a letter going out to Larry Monday.

I am also in touch with maybe Larry's greatest mentor and good friend of many, many years...and my friend, too....the great banjo player and teacher from Tennessee, Andy King. (Andy will again be an instructor this year at Jack Hatfield's Banjo Academy.)

Wow....I'm longwinded!.........( I can type faster than I can pick!)

For those looking for McNeely albums they come up on Ebay on a regular basis. Check this link search.ebay.com/larry-mcneely_...QfromZR40

Pickalot (Don Bruton).....Larry McNeely's #1 fan in the whole world, universe and beyond!

Bongshang - Posted - 03/15/2008:  18:22:30


Thanks so much for posting Don. It's fascinating stuff,

Good to hear from you again,

JJ

Bongshang


GF-85 customized to the hilt

RB5 - Posted - 03/15/2008:  19:27:46


Dear Don that is awesome stuff for sure! Now I will be anxiously waiting for your other chapters on this subject. I still go over his video lessons and tablature book on a regular basis just to make sure I dont deviate too much from his style of playing. If anybody out there ever wants a fantastic video course get this one. Video Music Productions a division of Quality Music Inc. 1726 West Grandridge Drive,Dunlap IL, 61525. Larry McNeely banjo techniques 120. I don't know if they are still in production but try to get one maybe on ebay or something like that. Thanks for that info Don. Can't wait for more.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.


Edited by - RB5 on 03/15/2008 19:29:27

Tonecaster - Posted - 03/15/2008:  19:34:20


Back in the day I had the "Banjo Song Book" by Tony Trischka. He had a TAB for "Zubenelgenubi" by Larry that I learned from "Rhapsody for Banjo." It was a very neat song. I'll have to pull that one out again.

I was always impressed with Larry's playing. Thanks for the topic.

Russ

eyedocmark - Posted - 09/05/2008:  08:11:15


Sept 5, 2008 I found this string by googling Larry McNeeley 'cause I wanted to write him. Anyone like the photo I took of Larry and Tony Trischka shaking hands across my car with the God Bless Banjo Pickers sticker on it back around 1978 or 1979? It was in one of Tony's banjo books. I joined so I could comment on the photo I saw in this list. Someone commented on missing Al Munde. I think I see him there. Here's who I recognize from the left: Larry McNeeley, Alan Munde (behind), Doug Dillard, (Don't know the buy behind him, unless it's Mike Bub, bass player), Bill Keith, Don't know the guy behind, then oh my ... so much older ... Butch Robins. Remember when Butch had long long hair (me to back then) and replace Ebo Walker in the Newgrass Revival before they got John Cowan?

OK, so I chimed in here 5 months after the string started. Any comments for an eyedoc stuck in an office in Central New York State?

eyedocmark@gmail.com
eyedocmark.com

Eyedocmark


SandyR - Posted - 09/05/2008:  14:52:50


Alan on guitar behind Larry, Mike Bob between Douglas and Bill? Neither seems like it, but I might need an eye exam!

Thor - Posted - 09/05/2008:  14:53:59


quote:
Anyone like the photo I took of Larry and Tony Trischka shaking hands across my car with the God Bless Banjo Pickers sticker on it back around 1978 or 1979?




Yep. I like it. Banjo Song Book 1977


amazon.com/Banjo-Song-Book-Ton...01&sr=8-1



robbif - Posted - 09/05/2008:  19:48:48


I heard a long-ago recording of Larry playing Devil's Dream on the Grand Ole Opry, introduced by Bill Monroe. I have the Sheffield album!

Bongshang - Posted - 09/06/2008:  00:28:40


Try to get hold of the "Live at McCabes" album. It's stunning. Beethovens Fifth is incredible.

Bongshang

M-D - Posted - 09/06/2008:  04:22:49


Which album is it that just has the title "Larry NcNeely" on the cover? Has a painting of him on the front, with a collage photo on the back. It was cut in 1976 on the Flying Fish label, and dedicated to L. Ron Hubbard.



M-D

frrypaul - Posted - 02/27/2009:  14:05:18


I started to pick just before Larry started on Glenn Campbell; everybody in High-School would ask me every Monday morning if I could play what Larry played the previous night; well I couldn't but taped each show and still have most of them.

I talked to Larry 'bout 5yrs ago on the phone and he said that he only plays out once each Sept at some function; strange thing is there were two clips on You Tube of Larry on the Wilburn Bros. playing 'Doc Harris" but they have been removed?

I tried to get up with him again and I think he wants to be left alone.

Does anyone have a tape recording of Larry playing Fireball Mail ? I loaned my copy and now it's gone.

5-string player for 35 yrs

ninethirtyfive - Posted - 02/27/2009:  14:16:12


If I'm not mistaken Greg Rich has a lot of Larry's banjo solos in tab you might want to ask him .

Wayne Holcombe - Posted - 02/28/2009:  04:33:27


Can a Hang out member ask anything of Grich?What are the ramifications?

frrypaul - Posted - 02/28/2009:  05:41:08


As I recall I had read that Larrry was somewhat bitter that he couldn't make a decent "go" of playing for a living, At the time that Larry was on TV there was more banjo that now: Buck Trent was on Porter's show,
Bobby, Roy and Grampa on Hee Haw, Larry on Glenn's; you don't have that now 'cept on RFD TV reruns.

Watching the clips on You Tube and noticing Larry's facial expressions, I wonder if Larry and Glenn were getting along? he did quit after all; his replacement, Carl Jackson, said that working for Glenn was the "best job in the world".

5-string player for 35 yrs

frrypaul - Posted - 02/28/2009:  05:47:45


Oh! I forgot....the comment after Larry Playing on the Wilburn Bros. said that Larry is very "tired" ; the person said that she is Larry's neice; I commented as to what he is up to now and shortly after that the clips disappeared; I will say that the guys that got me started had no idea what Larry was playing back then but warned me not to try it 'cause none of them wounld be able to play along.

5-string player for 35 yrs

pearcemusic - Posted - 02/28/2009:  05:49:21


My friend Raul Reynoso was the guitar player on Powerplay ... that's a great record. The trio of Larry, Raul, and Johnny Pierce on electric bass ROCKED !!

Raul, Kenny Blackwell (of The Laurel Canyon Ramblers) and I used to play together a lot. We rehearsed with Larry for a gig one time (I was the bass player subbing for Johnny Pierce), but never did the gig.

I remember Larry being a great guy ... fine player ....

I have Powerplay on cassette tape ... maybe an LP ....

I'll ask Raul if he has any update on Larry ... he's a "stay-in-touch" kind of person, so maybe he's got some current info.


quote:
Originally posted by RB5

Hey Idgrmnmc

You are missing Larry's Power Play album and the Confederation album which was recorded by Sheffield Lab direct to disk album. Those two albums of his are the best he has ever recorded. Some great songs on these albums are siver wings on the water, lonesome angels, sleepy eyes, old Joe Clark, roll in my baby's arms and big fat mama just to name a few.... You should try to get copies of these albums. They are classics especially if you're a McNeely fan.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Robert.



The Pearce Family Bluegrass Band
pearcemusic.com

frrypaul - Posted - 02/28/2009:  07:15:08


Daub Pearce,

I don't think that I have the casset that you mentioned; could you make me a copy? I'll trade you something or pay you outright whichever.

I'll probably play Larry's version of 'Arkansas Traveler' today at a gig in Morgantown WVa.; it's by far the best I've ever heard and I've heard 'em all. (even if Larry himself no longer plays it).

Thanks

Paul

5-string player for 35 yrs

bahanson - Posted - 03/12/2009:  21:17:51


Larry is living in North Carolina, working in the Antique business I believe. He has been playing the Louie Bluie Festival in Caryville, TN each June since 2007. He is scheduled to play there again this year. Caryville is near LaFollette TN, the town Larry moved to as a teenager to join the Pinnacle Mountain Boys with Charlie Collins and others. His performance there each summer, along with Charlie, is a bit of a homecoming for him. If you are in the area you should check it out. Its a rare treat.

Banjo40 - Posted - 03/13/2009:  01:18:54


Hey Don,
Here's something totally irrelevant, kind of six degrees of separation thing if you will, but you mentioned trumpets and Lawrence Welk and Larry McNeely. Larry is an Indiana native and his dad and I work for the same Indiana based pharmaceutical company, or his dad used to I should say. Also there was a featured trumpeter on LW back in the late 60's and early 70's by the name of David Joy who lived in my home town and married a girl in my high school class... so there you go...forgive me, I'm tired and its late.

Mike

The beatings will continue until morale improves

pickalot - Posted - 03/14/2009:  20:23:54


Wow - it's great to see us McNeely" freaks still looking for the illusive Larry! For a while I was lucky enough to get responses from Larry when I would write. I thought I was a recluse..........Larry may have me beat!

I first met Larry on 6-18-2004 in Pigeon Forge, TN. He was playing banjo for a band by the name of "Smokey Mountain Sunshine". They were scheduled for that evening as the opening band of 2 bands that performed. I was so excited! I had been playing and teaching banjo in the Charlotte area since 1973 and for whatever reason, had just never had the opportunity to get near Larry, especially after he moved to California.

So, here he was........right in my back door almost....just 2 hours drive. I got there early and picked out the best seat right in the center of the front row. Me and the ticket lady were the only ones there so I had a while to wait.

Finally, I could hear noise backstage and tuning checks and warm ups, ect.......but no banjo sounds. I started to worry a little but in a few minutes Larry and the band came out. They exploded into a fast opening tune and "he just killed it"!!! My concerns over his speed and ability......the stories of no banjo playing for several years with total dedication to guitar.........his reputation for dropping totally out of sight and no word whether he still played banjo at all......were all dismissed.
I mean he just blew us away!!....and I never heard a warm-up note - not one!

I watched every note he played. I studied his every move and Larry is just incredible................to say the very least. What a pair of hands that man has......I mean total control. His attitude while playing and focusing was one of almost arrogance, but a better description would have to be "total confidence". Here was a banjo player with tons of experience in every situation. He delivered like I never expected.

There is one Larry McNeely CD that I know of and it is titled, "After Midnight". It is a collection of great tunes that were recorded in the 80's and was made available sometime in the 90's, I think. Anyway, if you can find it - get it! It's full of good McNeely stuff! Another CD where you can hear some classic McNeely was recorded several years ago by the Wood Brothers. They hired Larry to play banjo (and Charlie Collins on guitar, I think) and although I did not care for the vocals the banjo man knew what he was doing.

Getting back to my story when I met Larry - I listened and absorbed all I could and finally their show came to an end. They had fronted for the next band so everyone put away instruments and came out front to greet and meet....everyone, that is, but Larry. I had brought all of my albums with me and wanted to at least get them signed, so I told the bass player what I was up to so she went backstage and found Larry for me. He finally came out and we introduced ourselves. He signed my albums gladly and then after asking him a few questions he suggested that we go outside and talk. Well....I had Larry McNeely for the next 2-1/2 hours! Folks, I'm going to tell you that he is one heck of a nice guy.....extremely humble, a loving father & devoted husband and shy to a certain degree, but also, I'm sure at times, very approachable. He does seem to be one who likes his privacy and may just have a desire most of the time to be left alone. But what a guy! You have to respect where a man is in his life and consider his position on things. What I learned most about Larry is that he really does "not" understand his own talent and the impact he has had over the years on our banjo community.

There are some tabs that Larry offered years ago while he was in California and also a VHS video of him playing some of those great tunes that may still be found, if you're lucky....but I suggested that he consider writing a new McNeely style banjo course (book) containing his signature licks and approaches to playing with DVD, and that I would be glad to help any way I could, just so it got done.............and he said he couldn't believe anyone would be interested in how he plays the banjo, with so many other good players out there today! Can you believe that? You know as well as I do that we have all heard many great banjo players.....some are very young and are "here today and, seemingly, gone tomorrow", I mean there is some great talent out there. I know Larry has heard a lot of talent, too. It's got to be as intimidating for him as it is to us at times. But once we cross over someone else will have to write the book, and that's never the same. Nothing I said seem to make a difference so I hope to try again soon..............maybe in June when I hope to see him again.

To close on this....my time with Larry came to an end when the lights started going out and they were shutting down for the night. I did get my picture taken with my Hero and it was a great evening, to say the least.

I will pass along any tid bit about Larry that I come up with and hope to read more about him soon here on the Hangout. What a treasure Larry McNeely is. On my banjo case is written (for many years) in big white letters, "Long Live Larry McNeely". The man and his banjo playing absolutely changed my life forever!

Pickalot
Larry McNeely''s #1 fan!

Ronnie - Posted - 03/16/2009:  05:44:16


I spent an enjoyable day with Larry McNeely at Bobby Thompson's home. Bobby's hands were crippled by MS, but he enjoyed having musicians come and play for him. He invited me to come to his house and play for him and to meet a banjoist friend of his whom he did not identify. I picked up a friend and his D18 and we had a great time with Bobby, Larry and fiddler Buddy Spicher. It was a great day!!

bobbythompsonbanjo.com

Ronnie - Posted - 03/16/2009:  05:45:21


I spent an enjoyable day with Larry McNeely at Bobby Thompson's home in 2003.. Bobby's hands were crippled by MS, but he enjoyed having musicians come and play for him. He invited me to come to his house and play for him and to meet a banjoist friend of his whom he did not identify. I picked up a friend and his D18 and we had a great time with Bobby, Larry and fiddler Buddy Spicher. It was a great day!
( Sorry about the double post. For some reason the system won't let me delete!!)

bobbythompsonbanjo.com


Edited by - Ronnie on 03/16/2009 05:55:36

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