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Playing Since: 1974
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1934-36 flathead mastertone ( converted tenor "Frankenstein"-made from 3 prewar banjos, all original pot. Also currently playing a tb-1 pot from the 30's that Ive added a new Huber ring to.
Just added an RK-36 I received in an endorsement deal. Its a great banjo that I'm using as my go to 'road' banjo.
Flatt and Scruggs, ELO, JD Crowe,Dave Brubek, Osborne Bros,John Mayer, Gene Parker, Alan Munde,Danny Gattis,Lynard Skynard, Ryan Cavenaugh,Country Gentleman, Boston, NewGrass Revival, Bela Fleck, Any old Mo-town stuff, Beatles,Haggert,Jones,Chick, Benny Goodman,Floyd Tillman, Clapton, Hot Rise-and so on and so forth....
Oh, band site:http://www.theshadygroveband.com/
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Ive been a banjo player for 38 years and have been a professional player for about 27 years. I also have many years teaching and playing as a session player. Not that its important, but some of the bands Ive played with include Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz, Johnny and Jeanette Williams Band, Arnie Solomon Band,The Shady Grove Band,Allegheny Moon, NOTA, Chuck and the Waggin Ears, Rain Check and too many others to name. I also play reso guitar and so transition with many bands as a resophonic player, and banjoist.
My musical 'schooling' was playing for Friday and Saturday night dances, playing and jamming at fiddlers conventions, jamming at Festivals, local jam sessions and eventually playing in semi-pro bands and then full time touring. This part of the State of North Carolina is 'ground zero' for great music and musicians and I have been blessed to to have been born and raised here.
Im also an avid 'contributor' ...that sounds self promoting...I prefer avid 'poster', on the Banjo Hangout. I enjoy helping up and coming pickers, learning new things from others here, listening to the great music being posted here, collaborating with my musical cohorts here, and just being in the midst of such a great banjo website! I try to give back when I can and my "lick Of The Week" video lessons here on the site is one small way to do that I hope.
I'm also a long time Luthier/repairman and occasional instrument builder. My dad, Wallace Boulding, was a life long luthier and passed the trade on to me. The name of my shop is "NoteAble Repair and is located in beautiful Mount Airy NC.
Most of all, i want to thank God for what little talents I have and give a special thanks to Earl Scruggs. He IS the banjo man. All bluegrass banjoists owe Earl a huge debt of gratitude for his genius and his music. Thanks Earl!