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Banjo Championships 2007

Saturday, June 30, 2007

What luck, a long, early morning drive up to Red Bluff was the preamble for Donley Smith and I as we headed up to the California State Old Time and Bluegrass Championships. The length of the trip apparently deterred many players, despite the large prize money, as not too many of the large number of great banjo frailers in California showed up. Nevertheless, we did, and my luck was in as I won first prize. Oddly enough, the banjo contest, both bluegrass and old time styles, were part of "Pappy Wishbone's Redneck Championships." Even though we were tempted to participate in the "Mud Pit Belly Flop" contest, and the "Toilet Seat Horseshoe" contest, after the banjo playing portion of the event, we ate BBQ with the judges, drank some beer and headed for home. California State Old Time Banjo Champ, 2007, that's me. I played, Sally in the Garden, Staten Island Hornpipe, Billy Martin and Colored Aristocracy. Some of my favorites. No matter what the outcome, the trip was a lot of fun with Donley, a great frailer as well. 3 comments

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Playing Since: 1966
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

Occupation: Luthier, Banjo Player, Fiddler

Gender: Male
Age: 70

My Instruments:
1975 Richard Newman Whyte Laydie Style, 1910 Tubaphone #3, Gariepy Style lll, S.S. Stewart Mandolin Banjo, Smith/Pedersen fretless nylon strung, Whyte Laydie 11 13/16 w/self made neck.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
The Roadoilers, Highwoods, Fuzzy Mtn., New Lost City Ramblers, Reed Martin, Walt Koken, Mac Benford etc...Oh, and Bill Evans

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Created 11/11/2006
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Born in Upstate New York, Grandson of a fiddler and banjo player, John Lounsbury, Started playing at 13 with family, played with Fennigs All Stars on the first record. Moved to Toronto and worked as journeyman luthier there and played in many off the cuff casual bands. Played banjo for the Swamp Root String band in 1975, then moved to Northern California. Worked at the 5th String in S.F and played with the Arkansas Sheiks till the end. Also played with Highballers from the Planet Hell, Fish Head String band, The California Diamondbacks and most recently, the Roadoilers. Recently won the California State Old Time Banjo Championships. 2007

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