Playing Since: 1976
Experience Level: Just Startin'
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Fairbanks Whyte Lady
1927 Vega Tubaphone #9 Special (custom) Gold plated. Wicked
Kyle Creed Fretless
2 Dobsons (father and son)
2 AndyGribble gourd banjos
Bart Ryder Concert Grand
WHC (William H. Conners)
George Mathews (6 string with a short one)
Chirps Smith, Geoff Seitz, Garry Harrison, Steve Harrison, Tim Foss, Fred Campeau, Dan Gellert, Curtis Buchanon and his brudder Dennis, Jim And Kim Lansfird, Lee Guthrey, Betsy Neil, Matt Neil, Paul Tyler, Andy Gribble, Brad Leftwich, Barb Weathers, Marc Rennard, Stephen "Sammy" Lind, Linda Higgenbothom, John "Bish" Bishop, Jim Nelson, Bob Holt, Betsi Ellis. Damn this list could go on and on. These are just some of the folks I have the great pleasure to play with and most quite often. All never enough. I don't listen so much to banjo players accept the usual culprits. Fred, Kyle, Tommy. Mostly guys who have passed. love fiddlers.
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Last Visit 1/26/2014
I have been playing almost 40 years and continue to learn what ever is I am doing. I really don't listen much to what's going on in the banjo world cause I rarely play with banjo players. There are certain players I keep an eye on though. Adam Hurt comes to mind. I think I am unusual in that I do not mind playing in sessions with other banjo players. The way I grew into it was there were always other players. It was about community and bringing others along. I never knew it was poo poo-ed till I started going to festivals and there was all this uptight attitude about banjos. I always thought if the banjo players pay as much attention to each other as the fiddlers pay to each other it would work out ok. Ok? But for the most part, for me, it's about the fiddlers and those small knee to knee sessions are always choice. I play mostly in the midwest with occasional trips to the north, east, south and west. Also...if it is not fun I skip it.
'Good Sunday Morning' 6 hrs
'Electric Banjo Test 3' 8 hrs
'Vega History' 9 hrs
'Plastique banjo bridges' 10 hrs