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Playing Since: 1963

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My Instruments:
Deering Gabriella, Deering GDL Custom (mermaid inlay), Deering John Hartford Open Back,
Chuck Lee Custom, Cedar Mountain A2, Gibson RB250, Goldtone Elite Classic, Joe Masel cigarbox (Porkchop), Lame Horse 5 string open back, Recording King Ne Plus Ultra (openback), John Bowlin 1865 fretless, Ken Bloom 4 string banjo cello, Goldtone 5 string banjo cello, Cedar Mountain Banjo Uke

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Bill Frisell, Smokey Robinson, Ry Cooder, Maria Muldair, John Balch, Mark Johnson, Arnie Naiman, Steve Martin, Roberto Dala Vechio, Kishi Bashi, Claire Lynch, Dan Crary, Robin Kessinger, Steve Kilby, Tim Gardner, the StingRays, Gail Anne Admundson, Arlo Guthrie, Billy Dean, Jerimiah McClain, the Curry's-- I'm only listing live musicians because all the dead ones get plenty of notice from everyone else. :)

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More back story for Drumming On the Edge Of Banjo

Sunday, February 28, 2010 @8:52:22 AM

 Vicki Genfan (guitar) pushed me down the percussion path three summers ago.

Then I took Scott Nygard's, Pan African guitar class, and had so much fun in there-(we played different parts with groups of guitars--kind of like a guitar drum circle) that I began looking for a drumming instructor. :)

Then I met  Yazid.  IMHO--he is hands down the best Afro/Caribbean drummer I've ever heard.  (he's taught ethnomusicology at FSU and has even drummed for Marvin Gaye ) I began his group class on the shore of Lake Ella and began to learn some basics of percussion.  

One day I invited him to my home to just try out a few experiments with drums and banjo.  I played him a few cuts from my cds because he said he really had not heard much banjo before--so he came over and we just played for a couple hours.  :) Then he came over to play every week, and we found we really liked the way banjos and drums sounded together and we began pulling our best tunes together for a cd.

Then Gordy Cox moved back to Tallahassee after seven years in New York City.  He is a young, edgy, sound engineer. (he graduated from Full Sail in Orlando).  He doesn't usually work with old time banjo music--although he did record and mix much of my "Secret Life Of Banjo" CD. He prefers funk, rock, dance music and produces and engineers some pretty edgy cds and videos these days.(he just finished a video for a pole dancing school that everyone seems mesmerized with)  But he is the best.  Yazid could barely believe what he could do with his drums--and he has a great ear for blending acoustic music and percussion. 

Gordy pushed and shoved us into the 21st century and we went with it--except we hung on to the traditional tunes and stayed all acoustic as we went kicking and screaming into click tracks and multiple recordings and hours, and days, and months, and almost a year and a half until the cd was finished. 

Then Gordy took some of the raw mixes over to George Clinton's studio one day while George was in town.  He played them and George and his whole studio began dancing to the music. George graciously cut the vocal to "John Bowlin's Groundhog Strut" to help us enter the world music market. :)

Oasis put our cds and digipaks together and also did the mastering on Drumming On the Edge of Banjo.  We think they did a really nice job too. 

I was looking around on the web to get some ideas for art work for the cd, when I spied Rich Disilvio's beautiful dreamscapes--and wouldn't you know it--he also designed cd graphics. (quite a lot of them, in fact. :) 

Rich designed all the graphics for the cd and we are all  stunned at what a beautiful job he did. :)

We think this may be our best cd ever and hope you will take a listen to a couple of the tunes on the music widget on the lower left hand of this page.

The things we played :)

Goldtone 5 string cello banjo, Lame Horse open back banjo, Gibson RB250 banjo, Deering John Hartford banjo,(the black and gold one) John Bowlin 1865 fretless banjo, (made from a tracing of Mary Z’s left hand) Ken Miller custom guitar, (Bob Cox’s 000) Blue Lion mountain dulcimer, Ron Ewing dulcimette, bowed bass, (Jim Crozier) djembes, congas, bell, Revere Ware copper bottom pots and pans,(a wedding gift from Ma Cox) snapping fingers, (Gordy Cox) wind chimes from the front porch, shakers, tambourine,  Gordy’s car keys, church bells, George Clinton singing “Old Groundhog.”

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1 comment on “More back story for Drumming On the Edge Of Banjo”

jbalch Says:
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 @2:53:41 PM


I got my copy just now. I really like this project!

Percussion ... and clawhammer banjo is such a great (and natural sounding) combination. All of the instruments work very well together.

The tunes are all well-chosen too!

This had to be great fun to make. Congratulations on yet another wonderful CD!

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