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Spring greetings!

Posted by bevans on Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Howdy folks! It's been quite a while since I've posted. It's been an unbelievably busy year thus far. Here's an update on various projects:

"Banjo For Dummies" for Wiley Publications (the yellow and black book people) is set for a July 30, 2007 release date. This 380 page book offers instruction in clawhammer, bluegrass (Scruggs, melodic & single-string), minstrel and classic styles along with a buyer's guide, guide to accessories and instruction in basic maintenance. Choosing a teacher, heading to a workshop, camp or festival are also covered. The book is written to be of value to both beginning and more experienced players.

"Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition" is now available from Mel Bay Publications. Co-written with DIx Bruce, this book/two CD set presents 225 bluegrass, old-time and gospel favorites. Each song's  basic melody is presented in conventional music notation and banjo tablature, with chord progressions and complete lyrics. The great thing about this set is that you can actually hear what each song sounds like - Dix and I have recorded a verse and a chorus of all 225 songs! I'm playing banjo backup throughout, using the skills I teach on the AcuTab Publications "Power Pickin'" DVDs.

An introductory essay discusses how to get ready for a jam session, how to transpose melodies and chord progressions, the relationship between keys, chords and melodies and much more. There are also over 40 great photos from Tom Tworek, Gretchen Snyder and yours truly, featuring many of our current day banjo heroes.

It's camp season! Banjo Camp North in mid-May was a blast. The Midwest Banjo Camp is just around the corner, followed by the California Bluegrass Association Camp in Grass Valley, NashCamp Bluegrass week in Cumberland Furnace, TN and Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, TX. Finally, there's my own event, the Sonny  Osborne NashCamp Banjo Retreat in late October, featuring Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Ned Luberecki, Frank Neat and, of course, Sonny Osborne.

I'll be playing this spring and summer with the Bill Evans String Summit and Rustler's Moon with Kathy Kallick and Bill Evans. For more info on all of these things, visit my homepage at

All the best and I hope you have a music-filled spring and summer!


Bill Evans

1 comment on “Spring greetings!”

HoosierGal Says:
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 @1:53:21 AM

Hello.. sounds like you've got a busy schedule ahead. I hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy season of playing. And I may just have to pick up the dummies book, sounds useful. :-)

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