Posted by phill on Sunday, March 18, 2012
At long last I've got hold of the Johnnie Whisnant's Rounder Records album from a good friend of mine. Just converted to MP3 so I can listening to it in the car. Don't know how many speeding tickets I'll pick up, or how many red lights I'll go through, but who cares, this guy was one of the greatest so much taste in his playing. I can understand where I had got some of my style of playing from as this album I listened to for years working snipetsp of his tunes out. I remember working out Bill Bailey and then working those harmonics into it. But Johnnie was a genius with the way he worked his pegs, and his whole approach to his playing was so cool.
I did the fatel thing though with my album, like I always did to encourage people to play I'd lend them albums and of course sometimes (even though I was in my 20s) my mind would forget who'd I lent them to them, so this one got lost, but now its back with me, never to leave my possession again!
I think a lot of great banjo players have emerged from Earl's playing and it is so nice to hear their different approaches to their playing, it would be boring if we all played FMB identical to Earl (which I think would be impossible) and why would you want to, there is only one Earl! So with Don Reno, Earl, Ralph Stanley and countless more players, we have this huge cooking pot of banjo styles, and even today there are new generations of bluegrass banjo appearing and it is FANTASTIC and my thanks go to all the players who have formed this and I say to all the beginners, its hard at first but it's so well worth it and all the friends you meet along the way. I can't believe where 42 years of pickin' have gone and listening to this album, it only seems like yesterday!
I must get to some pickin', there stuff on here that I hear now that I didn't hear before or am I just getting sentimental in my old age!
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'That Gibson Sound' 6 min
'Banjo bridge ID ?' 3 hrs
'Schaller D Tuners' 3 hrs