Today I released the newest in my Banjo Masters interview series- John Bullard. This interview is exciting for me because I have been a little bit fascinated by him for years and off and on since the mid-1990s I have been working through his first book of tablature for Classical Banjo. I don't usually use tablature too much (mostly because I can't seem to follow directions to that degree!) but I find with the classical things I am so far out of my element that I need it. I have played (at) several of the pieces on the Classical Banjo album for twenty years now and am still kind of blown away by them.
John is maybe a little bit lesser known than the others in my interviews so far. People like Butch Robins and Sammy Shelor are all but household names for banjo players, so I find a real excitement to bring John into this mix. Because of the kind of music he plays, he has had to overcome what he calls (and what we all experience) "banjo shame" in a way most of us have not and guess what? When he was given the chance, he showed that banjo is a REAL instrument and has become almost universally accepted by classical musicians. I think it is safe to say that John Bullard has brought the banjo in front of a lot of people who might not have seen it otherwise and he has certainly proved to those people that it is a real instrument.
Come meet John Bullard-
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