For the last 7 years I have taught banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. I have even taught some harmonica and dulcimer in the quest to make a living. My wife and I started the Blue Ridge Rounders to play old time music and we also play as a duet. I have been the main fiddler for most of this time but lately Amy, my wife, and Josh Johnson, our banjo player, have been playing more and more fiddle in the Rounders. So now I even get to play some banjo.
I have recorded banjo on several CDs. My Friend Is a Mule in the Mine, Hog Hollar, Fiddlin' Bob Hill, Late For Supper with Todd Clewell and on two CD's with Jerry Correll. Last December I played bluegrass banjo in public for the first time in nearly 20 years. I had played banjo in several bluegrass bands from 1973 through the mid-1980's. At one point I stepped over to the mandolin when Steve Huber said he would play with us for a while. That was then, now, well he makes those banjos and lives a long way off. Skip Shaub had been the leader of that band. He died of a heart attack and the band played out the remaining jobs and broke up. I went back to old time music or playing bluegrass fiddle and sometimes mandolin. I still do that when not busy with the old time. It is all string band music to me and I love it all.
Now that picture of Jimi is not real. I heard he wasn't as good on banjo as guitar, but who really knows?
Life is good. Music predominates and lately, I even get to play some banjo.
on “I even get to play some banjo”
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 @8:06:39 AM
Well shucks Bobby, I for one am glad you are gettin to pick more banjo these days.. hope to see and pick soon in SC.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 @10:21:08 AM
Shucks, I was hoping some film footage would eventually turn up showing Hendrix lighting a banjo on fire. LOL.
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