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).