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Playing Since: 1970

Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: professional musician

Gender: Male

Age: 60

My Instruments:
1930 TB flathead Gibson Granada, converted to a five-string with a Frank Neat neck; the new Kel Kroyden Bill Evans signature model banjo; a Ronnie Bales maple/gold plated banjo in his "Stella" series; a Prucha Diamond Point; a Gold Tone cello banjo; a 1967 Rickenbacker Bantar; a 2009 Allan Beardsell electric banjo; a 1908 Cole Eclipse, a 1908 Whyte Ladie #7, two Jim Hartel minstrel replicas, a George Wunderlich minstrel replica, a Bart Reiter Whyte Ladie replica. Hey, they're all related to my job!

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
The Beatles, The Osborne Brothers, Earl Scruggs, Jim Hall, Bob Dylan, Tony Trischka, The Weepies, Alan Munde, Charlie Haden, J. S. Bach, Ornette Coleman and many, many others! Currently listening to Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, The Bee Eaters, Chris Pandolfi and, always, Earl Scruggs!

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Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella

Posted by bevans

11 people like this

Play count: 1000
Size: 906kb, uploaded 12/16/2006 3:11:23 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Other

Here's my arrangement of the French Renaissance carol that was featured in Banjo Newsletter a number of years ago. The most challenging aspect of an arrangement like this on the banjo is trying to keep two voices - the top melody and the bottom bass - clear and present at the same time. Easy for classical guitarists, hard for banjo players! Merry Christmas everyone!!

Christmas Time Is Here

Posted by bevans, written by Vince Guaraldi

7 people like this

Play count: 162
Size: 2,112kb, uploaded 12/24/2013 10:14:33 AM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here's my solo arrangement of "Christmas Time Is Here." I worked this out several years for my "Banjo Newsletter" column - I hope you enjoy this version and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Holly Jolly Christmas

Posted by bevans, written by Johnny Marks

5 people like this

Play count: 160
Size: 1,258kb, uploaded 12/24/2013 10:19:14 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Composer Johnny Marks also wrote "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer!" Here's a Scruggs-oriented arrangement that ran in BNL a number of years ago. Have a great holiday season everyone!
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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Posted by bevans, written by Jule Styne

4 people like this

Play count: 148
Size: 1,824kb, uploaded 12/24/2013 10:17:15 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Merry Christmas everybody! Here's my arrangement of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," from a BNL column from a few years back. Wishing you joy and music this holiday season!
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Meadows of Dan

Posted by bevans

51 people like this

Play count: 4198
Size: 5,954kb, uploaded 10/29/2006 2:33:59 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This tune is from my CD "Bill Evans Plays Banjo" and features Rob Ickes on dobro, John Reischman on mandolin, Jim Nunally on guitar, Greg Spatz on fiddle and Missy Raines on bass. I was thinking of Sammy Shelor's great playing when I started working on this tune, so I named it after his Virginia hometown of Meadows of Dan. After the release of my CD, I discovered that the great clawgrass player Mark Johnson had also written a tune and given it the same title. The first part of the tune is in the key of A but the second part modulates to F and features a good deal of single string work - the toughest thing for me to do on the banjo!

Native and Fine

Posted by bevans

28 people like this

Play count: 3305
Size: 8,336kb, uploaded 10/31/2006 12:09:02 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here's a live version of the title tune from my first CD for Rounder. This was recorded at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California on November 3, 2003. Band members are Jim Hurst on guitar, Ron Stewart on fiddle, Roland White on mandolin, Missy Raines on bass and yours truly on banjo. This version is a bit slower than the Rounder CD version and makes for an interesting comparison. The banjo is in Dm tuning on this tune - a D F A D. I hope you enjoy!

Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms

Posted by bevans

17 people like this

Play count: 3229
Size: 947kb, uploaded 5/23/2007 1:10:22 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here's one of the 196 tracks from "Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition," a brand new book from Mel Bay Publications, co-written with Dix Bruce. In this book, we feature over 225 bluegrass, old-time and gospel favorites. Each melody of each song is presented in conventional music notation and banjo tablature, with chord progressions and complete lyrics. The really great thing about this set is that two CDs accompany the book - you can hear Dix and I perform a verse and chorus of every tune. I use backup techniques that I teach on the AcuTab "Power Pickin'" DVD series. Here's a sample of what these tracks sound like. You can find out more about the book by visiting and clicking on the "Store" link. Thanks for your continued support!

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