March 14, 2018 is a big day for Todd Taylor and banjo music lovers across South Carolina. It's the inaugural South Carolina Banjo Day, a holiday designated by the state legislature to honor Todd "Banjoman" Taylor for his musical contributions to the state.
Taylor, a native of Spartanburg, first fell in love with the banjo at six years old and has had a music career lasting three decades, according to the resolution provided by the state legislature.
Taylor made a name for himself in the 1980s when he played rock music on the banjo and was the first solo banjo musician featured on the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 show.
Since then, he's has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and on TV shows like Hee-Haw and Regis and Kathie Lee.
He earned a 2007 Guinness World Record for fastest banjo by performing both parts of 'Dueling Banjos' at 210 beats per minute.
Most recently, Taylor has used his own personal battle with a muscular disease as motivation for charity work. Taylor performs to raise money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. While his early work was motivated by his love of the banjo, Taylor said he's more motivated now by his desire to show kids who suffer from MD that they should stay positive.
Taylor received the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor, in 2012.
South Carolina Banjo Day will be held on the second Tuesday in March each year after.
"I have been fortunate in my life to reach many goals and receive many awards," Taylor said, "but to be recognized by my home state South Carolina for the musical contributions I've made, I really have no words to describe how honored I feel and I love my state."
Taylor currently lives in his native Spartanburg and still tours. To find out when and where he's playing, visit ToddTaylorBanjoman.com