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Rex McGee- Banjo Playing Enigma

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. 

https://vimeo.com/channels/1078567

 

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I spend my days in library archives preserving our musical past. Interviews of banjo players, photographic catalogs of banjo parts, digitizing various cultural and geographic events in the Appalachian region and many other things fill my 8-5 day. I play tenor and 5 string banjo in three bands and prefer ragtime, old jazz and original music on banjo, but most anything will do. Played banjo and guitar in a regionally popular rock band for several years also.

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