Posted by banjopaul67 on Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Hi Hangout friends,
I'm experiencing a lot of growth both in knowledge and in attention when it comes to all things banjo in my life, and it's both fun and energizing. I'm pretty thankful for the Hangout, knowing that there is this great community of banjo pickers out there. Most of you are pretty dang good, and it gives me something to strive for. Since I've taken a much bigger interest in the Hangout over the last couple of months, I figured I would blog here about some changes, and just kind of get things "out there" to be discovered by you all.
I've put huge investments of time and money into building up a website and a blog regarding all things banjo. I'm having a lot of fun with it, and I'd be honored if you would visit and take a look. I'm also thankful to be a part of two bands and gigging on a regular basis this summer. It's very gratifying to be a working banjo player in a state where you wouldn't think this kind of music would go over very big. Of course we in the know realize that bluegrass is everywhere, and popular in every corner of the nation, but until you know it's there and become aware of it, it's like the seedy underbelly of the music world. L.O.L.! (Just kidding of course. It's great music and there's nothing seedy about it as we know.) I tried something that I never thought I would want to do, and that is to get in a band that plays a variety of crossover songs done "bluegrass" style. We play the likes of Cheap Trick (I Want You To Want Me) and Eric Clapton and Lynrd Skynrd and Allman Brothers and Van Morrison and then of course lots of traditional bluegrass numbers too. What this does is get us into "upscale" joints and parties that wouldn't go for traditional bluegrass. We raise eyebrows and get smiles everywhere we go, similar to when you listen to the "Pickin' On...." series. Of course, I'm nothing compared to Mr. Reno or any of the other high profile banjo players that play on those albums, but I do my best and hold my own for sure. (Check out the song that I uploaded tonight. It should make you smile.)
I have a blog that I'm posting to on a regular basis that should definitely be of interest for anyone from beginner to intermediate level. Really it should appeal to all levels of picking ability, but I tend to talk about topics so as to help the "up and comers" with their picking. But, I do throw out generalized random talk about lots of things, so I hope all banjo pickers enjoy it. And of course I have my main site geared at all things banjo too. (See my signature below for the addresses.) I have fun with these two sites and hopefully that shows through.
Well fellow Hangout friends, this ends my little rambling blog entry. Just wanted to "share"...to be warm and fuzzy and "reach out" to my fellow Hangout friends. (Ok, group hug time!) Hope to interact with some or all of you soon, and I hope you'll keep an eye on my stuff and even contribute if you feel like it. And hey, tell me about your "stuff" too. I'd like to support you as well.
Bye for now and as I always say, "pick 'em if ya got 'em!"
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