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All-American Eagle banjo/Johnnie Whisnant

Posted by BigWhisnantFan on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hi everyone! I'm new to Banjo Hangout. Would love to chat with anyone about the late great Johnnie Whisnant and his All-American Eagle banjos.


3 comments on “All-American Eagle banjo/Johnnie Whisnant”

phill Says:
Friday, October 28, 2011 @2:17:42 PM

I would still love to know why his rounder rfecord has never been released on CD, it is such a classic and should go down in bluegrass history as he had a his own unique style.

BigWhisnantFan Says:
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @5:14:22 AM

Phill, I couldn't agree with you more. Johnnie's only album is a real treasure. I wonder if his widow, June has controlling rights, and just hasn't been approached. Maybe Rounder has never been approached. And finally, if it's possible to make CD's, maybe there are financial shortcomings...I don't know. But, I'd love to see it on CD!
Thanks for sharing your comments.

Paul Bock Says:
Monday, September 16, 2019 @2:23:02 PM

Johnnie's album was organized and pushed through to completion by Walt Saunders, who wrote the liner notes. I'm not sure on the royalties; Walt used to give Johnnie copies of the album "gratis" for Johnnie to sell, and I'm not sure Johnnie ever got royalties per se from Rounder. It would be nice to see a CD, though.

I met Johnnie in 1979 after I had been playing more than 20 years and he reluctantly agreed to let be come by for a few lessons; I ended up taking his entire "course", as it were, of banjo instruction, and he even gave me a certificate. He was one of the most unusual individuals I ever met; I wrote three articles on him for BNL in 1980 or 81.

I also have a copy of the 45 rpm recording on the Puritan label, made in 1973, of Johnnie with Carl Story and the Rambling Mountaineers in 1939.

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