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Playing Since: 1966
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
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Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass and Upright Bass. I have a 2002 Gibson Earl Scruggs Special, a 1968 Fender Artist and mostly play my 1954 Gibson TB1 Conversion. A few guitars: Martin D-41, Blueridge BR-180 , Fender Custom Tele, Dobro Resophonic Guitar, Gold Tone Dojo, Deering Ivanhoe, Gibson RB4
Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne, JD Crowe and the late Bobby Thompson were my main influences. Today I listen to many like Sammy Shelor, Ron Stewart, Ron Block, Jim Mills, Terry Baucom, Charlie Cushman, Kenny Ingram, Steve Dilling, Kristen Scott Benson, Butch Robins, Tom Adams, Craig Smith, Scott Vestal, Bela Fleck, Rino Silden and many more.
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Last Visit 12/10/2012
I was mesmerized with Earl as a kid when I watched the Beverly Hillbillies (in black & white) so, I started playing in 1966. Snuffy Jenkins started me at that time. I started playing in bands in 1967. Met and played with Jim & Jesse in 1970. Met and played with Mac Wiseman in 1972. Met and played with Earl in 1973. I have played with lots of Bluegrass bands and formations through the years. Won many banjo contests and championships throughout the southeast. I played the banjo for the theme song in a movie with Gloria Loring and Bob Hope in 1973 called ''Play It Again Sam''. I was dressed as a Confederate soldier. It was quite an experience. I have started and helped many banjo players in these past decades. For years I had a band called 'Southern Expedition' and played with 'Bill Wells & The Blue Ridge Mtn. Grass' locally from W. Columbia, SC. My current and most favorite band is called 'Darlene & Reflections Of Bluegrass' based out of W. Columbia, SC. We have a 4 piece band and travel the southeast mainly. Our website is www.reflectionsofbluegrass.com