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Rex McGee- Banjo Playing Enigma

Posted by budbennett on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Today I am happy to share with everyone the newest installment in our Banjo Masters interview series. Rex McGee. He has a playing style that is unlike any other player I have ever seen. Over the past month or so of editing this video, I often became so focused on watching his playing that I would forget what I was doing. His right hand style is fascinating. The phrasing of his celtic playing is amazing. His avant garde instrumental pieces are spellbinding. Rex McGee is a banjo master. 

Over the years I have watched and listened to many banjo players. Some of them immediately stood out as something different and special- Rex McGee was one of those. I first heard of Rex at a Merlefest in the early 1990s when Bela Fleck called him to the stage to demonstrate the proper way to play celtic music on the 5 string banjo; later I ran across youtube videos of him playing some of the most odd and intriguing music I had seen on the banjo; still later his name would pop up in conversation about North Carolina players; I read two different Banjo Newsletter interviews of him. The guy intrigued me in a big way, so I gave him a call and asked if we could come down and interview him as part of our Banjo Masters Interview series.  Rex is a fascinating player and has a very rich musical history. 

Please enjoy the video and I encourage you to share it far and wide.


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