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My banjo arrangement in Banjo Newsletter

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

I just found out The Banjo Newsletter has published my banjo arrangement of "Runaway," Del Shannon's 1961 rock-n-roll hit.  It appears in the November, 2017 issue and can also be seen/heard online at

This is my third arrangement to be published in The Banjo Newsletter.  The two previous tunes were the theme from the movie, "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" and "Hernando's Hideaway" from the musical, "The Pajama Game."

A big thank you to Adrienne Lewy (Adylew here on the Banjo Hangout) and Donald Nitchie for helping me write out the tab!  



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--2012 Huber VRB-G Truetone w/ SS frets, Stelling compensated bridge, Presto tailpiece, Keith D-Tuners and Lexington engraving.

--1994 Gibson Earl Scruggs Standard Model, Keith D-Tuners, Price Straightline tailpiece, Stelling compensated bridge.

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Banjo pickers: Earl! (of course), Bobby Thompson, Tom Adams, Murphy Henry (my hero), Ron Block, Greg Cahill, Janet Beazley, Cia Cherryholmes, Roger Starnes, Nick Hornbuckle.

Bands: Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation, Spinney Brothers (Canada), John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Thomas Porter & Copper River, Del McCoury Band, Glenn Wilbourn's Flint Hill Special (an Arizona band), High Plains Tradition (Colo.), Chris Stuart and Backcountry, Special Consensus, Triple L Band (New Mexico).

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Arizona Scruggs-style banjo picker, who plays by ear (tab just confuses me!). Therefore, MURPHY HENRY IS MY HERO! When it comes to playing backup, I firmly believe less is more. When it comes to playing lead, I believe the melody should be recognizable (too many notes just clutters up the tune). ...and no, I don't plant my ring finger...I let it flail about. **** I often m.c. bluegrass festivals around Arizona, including the Benson Bluegrass Festival (April), the Arizona State Fiddle Championships in Payson (Sept.), the Blythe (CA) Bluegrass Festival (Jan.), the Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival near Casa Grande (Jan.), the Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival in Wickenburg (Nov.) and the White Mtn. Bluegrass Festival in Pinetop (Aug.). **** When I'm not playing banjo, I can be found either working on or flying my airplane (a 1972 Piper Arrow), free-lancing as a flight instructor, functioning as a semi-professional airport bum, and free-lancing as a casino consultant, teaching casino personnel how to catch card cheats. (I demonstrate card cheating methods and how to recognize cheating.)

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