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Playing Since: 1976
Experience Level: Purty Good
myork1 has made 13 recent additions to Banjo Hangout
1927 Gibson Style 1 conversion (thank you Don Bryant), 1974 Gibson RB-250, Gibson RB-100, Gold Tone Mini (my travel banjo) and a Deering Goodtime 2.
Alvarez (my first REAL banjo, circa ྆), and an old Melodier (now my daughters' practice banjo). Love ONE WOMAN, MANY BANJOS! :)
Earl, Bela Fleck, Jim Mills, Aaron "Boo" McDaris, Nitty Gritty & Friends, The Infamous Stringdusters, Gal Friday Band, Cuppa Joe & the Big Cigar Band! Bluegrass legends and Festival/little known bands that surprise you at how amazing "no-name" groups and musicians can be.
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Last Visit 5/20/2013
(the Banjo Bio...cause the other one is just too long)
Bought my first 5 string in Little Rock while I was in the Air Force in 1976. It was perfect timing for me since I was able to spend hours upon hours learning how to play it. I also met a few guys who loved picking and playing and we eventually ended up jamming every Friday night and later touring the festivals across Arkansas.
I've been playing banjo longer than I've been married to Sandi (since 1978), and still love just getting together with other musicians to play. I grew up around country/mountain music in TN, lived 10 years in AR and then to NC in 1992. Lots of bluegrass influences from all those places and look forward always to my next "banjo day."
In my day job, I'm an author, speaker, business coach/consultant helping individuals improve their marketing and profits. After hours, I love golf, a fine cigar, and a porch swing with my banjo. Occasionally I even get to hang out with my son and/or daughter (thirty-somethings) who keep me thinking and feeling younger.
I'm a huge proponent of personal development and lifelong learning...including learning the banjo or most anything else you'd like to be better at.
Past few years after DECIDING to get better at the banjo, just made it my goal to PLAY EVERY DAY, and while I don't play EVERY day, I've certainly played more days and seen the results. Playing with other musicians/bands and now solo with a show called ONE MAN BANJO! Always improving...that's the goal.