Posted by Paul Roberts on Sunday, November 21, 2010
I've never really done anything else aside from music, at least professionally. I learned banjo pretty quickly and was offered a job teaching; that was in 1962 and I was 16. Several years later I began working at a prominent psychiatric hospital as a music therapist. Later I traveled to India to study sitar. During the early '80s I plunged into a career performing elementary school assemblies and fine arts concerts. My thing was instruments from around the world.
I haven't been doing as much performing lately - mostly concert production and hanging out by the forest in Southwest Colorado. A lot of my musical interest, of late, has been centered around cello banjo, 4 and 5-string versions. This is how I got mixed up with Gold Tone, as an independent product specialist and street corner banjo-hawker. I had never quite imagined myself in the sales department but, alas, here I am. I'm finding that having an Internet based business isn't such a bad thing when you live out in the middle of nowhere. Besides occasionally putting some food on the table, it's a nice way to communicate with others who have similar interests, or who are trying to help someone else (like their kid) with similar interests. I enjoy talking to people and helping them find what they're looking for.
You may be interested in my website: http://www.banjocrazy.com/ where I can try to sell you a banjo, or whatever else Gold Tone has up their sleeve, and also some of my articles and interviews.
Besides composing and arranging some music, lately the most meaningful project I've been involved with has been recording and producing Adam Hurt's solo gourd banjo CD, "Earth Tones."
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