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Playing Since: 1971
Experience Level: Purty Good
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Hohner HTB travel banjo
Bluegrass: Enjoyed Bill Monroe and the BG Boys, the BG Cardinals, and Country Gazette live, and Flatt and Scruggs and Stanley Brothers albums- and of course, I liked Foggy Mountain Breakdown- that helped motivate me to start banjo, cause it sounded so cool.
Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, Hobart Smith, Clarence Ashley, Wade Ward.
Sundry influences on my banjo playing and singing with banjo:
Burl Ives, Joan Baez, Elizabeth Cotten, John Hurt, Mike Seeger,
Pete Seeger, Chicago Blues, Blind Willie Johnson, Jimmy Reed,
Otis Redding, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Georgia Sea Island Singers.
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Last Visit 5/18/2013
Took a few bluegrass lessons in 1971, then a fellow took my Vega Folk banjo
took it and frailed Soldier's Joy onnit, and I fell in love with Old Time banjo.
I played just banjo for a couple years, but I also had fallen in love with fiddle tunes and
fiddle, and above a certain complexity, it seemed to make more sense to play fiddle
tunes on fiddle- which I still do.
I played in two L.A. based string bands in the 70's, in the first, we all knew how to play
banjo, so I never got to play, played fiddle instead. In the second, I was the
only banjo player, so I would play it on a few tunes.
I was both fiddle-less and banjo-less for about 15 years,
then I got a fiddle again 2 years ago , and a banjo again last year.
I am volunteering in nursing homes and am using it for my "gigs",
along with fiddle and guitar.