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Wyozark

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since 12/2/12

04/20/2017 19:25:33 View Wyozark's Photo Albums View Wyozark's Blog Reply with Quote

This evening we got to see the Missouri Boatride bluegrass band down in Kimberling City, MO. It was a benefit banquet for Pregnancy Life Line and hundreds of people were there. The band is outstanding. The most famous member of the group is mandolin player Dean Webb, formerly of the Dillards - or as seen on the Andy Griffith Show - a member of the Darlin' Family.

The set list included some Bob Dylan and Roger Miller; St. Anne's Reel; a Missouri fiddle tune that I did not catch the title; a parody of Garth's Low Places (all my friends have hip replacements); and of course Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Justin Sifford, the lead singer and guitar player, is an excellent entertainer and musician. He also plays at the Grand Country Theater in Branson.

After the program I got to talk to the banjo player Sam Coffey. Sam has been a professional banjo player for most of his adult life. There are probably BHO members more familiar with his career than I. He still plays occasionally at the Silver Dollar City park. His beautiful banjo is a Sullivan that he bought used for $650.00. He said he is not a banjo collector, however he does own the banjo that was used on the Andy Griffith Show. Since there is no amount of banjo information that is considered too trifling for BHO, I thought that there would be at least a couple of people on this site who would find this interesting.

Sam said that Dean has several stories about the banjo: one was how it was nicked near the heal when it was accidentally knocked over at a Byrd's concert. Sam rarely brings it out into public for obvious reasons.

You can find the banjo and Dean right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSG3shlHG7c

While the Missouri Boatride is on the verge of retirement, they still have a few performance dates set up for 2017. If you are in the area and enjoy bluegrass I think it would be worth your while to hunt 'em down.

 



   

rbfour5Players Union Member

United States
621 posts since 11/9/10

04/20/2017 19:36:11 View rbfour5's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Doug Dillard is one of my banjo heroes- thanks for sharing your story!

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banjo.A

123 posts since 3/10/06

04/20/2017 20:41:06 View banjo.A's Classified Ads View banjo.A's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I thought I read somewhere that the banjo was stolen at some point and nobody new where it was? Unless it was another banjo of Dougs that was stolen?

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klgera

United States
450 posts since 12/3/04

04/20/2017 20:50:58 View klgera's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Is that the banjo that was "lost" in the LA Airport? Never got checked properly and wasn't found for many years?   Or something like that.

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From Greylock to Bean BlossomPlayers Union Member

United States
3757 posts since 10/13/07

04/21/2017 05:57:53View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's MP3 Archive View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Michael,

Thanks for posting. and thanks for the information about the boat ride. A weekend in St. Louis going to a Cardinal game and doing the boat ride would be pretty high living!smiley

IMO the Dillards, when doing their traditional bluegrass were some of the best ever. And Doug's tone and playing were wonderful and unique. That being said, the video you posted of him on Andy shows a different banjo than he has on the cover of his songbook of tablature. And it was my thinking that he played a Florentine. the Andy segment looks like a bow tie. Can anyone tell me Doug's banjo history? Did he have the two banjos or was it the same pot with different necks? And if he did play 2 banjos, what happened to the Florentine.

Thanks,

Ken

Correction; In reading some past threads it seems like he was playing a Bella Voce and not a  Florentine.


Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 04/21/2017 06:05:09

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Brian MurphyPlayers Union Member

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984 posts since 12/31/05

04/21/2017 06:02:23 View Brian Murphy's Classified Ads View Brian Murphy's Photo Albums View Brian Murphy's Blog Reply with Quote

http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/162457

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From Greylock to Bean BlossomPlayers Union Member

United States
3757 posts since 10/13/07

04/21/2017 08:11:49View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's MP3 Archive View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by palmettopicker
 

http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/162457


Thank you! It appears others have wondered as I have.

ken

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Wyozark

United States
329 posts since 12/2/12

04/21/2017 09:41:33 View Wyozark's Photo Albums View Wyozark's Blog Reply with Quote

Fellas,

I'm sorry I didn't get more details. I know very little of such history in that I'm just a novice clawhammer banjo player. Sam returned to pick up some instruments near our table and I saw my chance to tell him how much I enjoyed his playing and to just get to talk to a really good banjo player. He was very gracious and stopped what he was doing to talk to me. To me he was a very humble, friendly, very likeable guy who had a quick wit and liked to talk banjos. I don't know enough to ask any questions other than what banjo he was playing. That led to him telling me about the Dillard Banjo. I wondered about sharing that bit of information here, but since it didn't appear to be carefully guarded knowledge and he volunteered it to me I am hoping it is OK to share it.

The band has a facebook page. No one in this household has ever had a facebook account so I can't really access it except to try to "look behind" that big blocking banner. But I could see enough that there are still a few performances planned for this year. The name - Missouri Boatride - came from the movie The Outlaw Josey Wales. They also have a website: http://missouriboatride.com/calendar/

I'll note that they said last night that they could have opened for Hank Williams, Jr., but had already made a commitment to performing at this charity event. They are honorable people.

I was invited to see them again at the end of this month. They are performing for free at an opening of a local store. Sam told me to bring my banjo - which to me is about like Ozzie Smith telling a kid to not forget to bring his glove to Saturday's game...

So if any of you want to show up at the Rustic Timbers store in Branson West on April 29th I would be glad to meet you there.

They are also playing on May 20th at the Wilson's Creek Battlefield (a great historical place to visit) and in the fall at the Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival (September 23).

 

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From Greylock to Bean BlossomPlayers Union Member

United States
3757 posts since 10/13/07

04/21/2017 12:21:21View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's MP3 Archive View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Missouri Boatride at work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlBdTzKYFNw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgUzmIGUnOs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwDhHZDkDn0

Looks like a fun evening.

ken

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fatdaddyo6

United States
642 posts since 7/14/05

04/22/2017 08:11:10View fatdaddyo6's MP3 Archive View fatdaddyo6's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Doug had a 250 early, a graduation present I believe. The Bela Voce came later.



He used the 250 initially on the Andy Show.



 



 


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From Greylock to Bean BlossomPlayers Union Member

United States
3757 posts since 10/13/07

04/22/2017 08:12:43View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's MP3 Archive View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Thanks Steve.

ken

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Society Hill

United States
147 posts since 12/9/09

04/22/2017 09:11:08 View Society Hill's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Since I don't have anything concrete to add I'll mention this- It seems like I remember that Doug found an old Gibson in a pawn shop on their way to California that the fellow had cheap. Rodney talked about their trip and how long it took when he was here a couple of years ago.

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