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Playing Since: 2000
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Occupation: Teacher, Studio musician
I play a custom "Phantom" banjo by East Texas builder, Mitch Key. Contrary to popular belief, it is a 5 string, but the 5th string runs through the neck like the Vestal banjos do. I also play a '08 RB-3 Wreath.
I believe my favorite banjo players of all time are J.D. and Alan Munde, who was my personal teacher for 2 years. I'm a big Tony Rice and Bryan Sutton fan, as well.
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Last Visit 3/9/2015
I began a classical piano player, starting lessons at the age of 4. I didn't play any other instrument (except violin in school orchestra) till I got to college at Texas A&M and I picked up the guitar. My sophomore year in college, I saw JD Crowe play and I bought the Mel Bay book and borrowed a banjo. Since then I've picked up the mandolin and fiddle along with the dobro. Piano and banjo are probably my main instruments, but I've been fortunate enough to get a little work with the rest also. I've spent the last 6 years in Nashville touring for different artists and writing at Sony publishing. I'm currently pursuing a band project with my two sisters. We're called "The Purple Hulls", and our first country/bluegrass original album is available on iTunes. It's called "Ten Thousand Exits". Check me out at www.BanjoBenClark.com . Thanks!