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Fave Lick #25 Movable Major 7

Fave Lick #24 Courtesy of Eric Weissberg

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Fave Lick #20 Courtesy of Bill Emerson (RIP)

Fave Lick #19 Courtesy of Allen Shelton (plus explainer on bounce)

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Playing Since: 1977
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

Barretone has made 3 recent additions to Banjo Hangout 

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Occupation: Journalist

Gender: Male
Age: 58

My Instruments:
1930 Gibson PB3 flathead, Frank Neat neck, 1929 Gibson Royal PT-6 high-profile flathead, neck by Monte Hendricks
1930 Gibson Florentine with OPF. Neck by Renee Karnes
1930 TB3 with Huber HR-30 tone ring and Frank Neat neck
1929 Gibson TB3, neck by Mark Campellone
1935 Gibson RB11 (uncut),
Early 50s Gibson bow tie RB150 with Frank Neat neck and Huber tone ring
1923 Tubaphone #9 original 5-string
1917 Tubaphone #3 original 5-string
1893 SS Stewart Universal Favorite #4

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Seldom Scene
Hot Rize
Doc Watson
Tim O'Brien
Bela Fleck
John Starling
John Hickman
Alan Munde
Danny Knicely
Mike Munford
Dede Wyland
Tony Trischka
Mountain Heart
Tom Gray
Eric Weisberg
Crooked Still
Vince Gill
David Bromberg
Mark Delaney

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Created 2/14/2007
Last Visit 7/16/2022

I'm a banjo player, fiddler, singer and songwriter. I play primarily around the Washington, DC, area as a member of the band Big Howdy. I teach banjo and fiddle. I also sit on the board of Bluegrass Country radio. Check us out at You can find out more about me at

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