Playing Since: 2003
Experience Level: Purty Good
[Teaching] [Jamming] [Socializing] [Helping]
Occupation: Technical Writer (Research & Evaluation)
Stella tenor (19??)
I saw Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys at a small festival in north Florida when I was in high school. Don Reno stopped by our camper that same evening to pick guitar and sing. That did it for me.
The more I listen, the more I like.
The bluegrass musicians and song writers are among the most dedicated and talented musicians out there. I especially appreciate those early banjo pioneers like Uncle Dave, Stringbean, Ralph Stanley, Don Reno, and Earl Scruggs, of course.
I'm delighted when I come across talent like Cadillac Sky, Steep Canyon Rangers, Cherryholmes, Infamous Stringdusters, Open Road, and so many others.
Oh, the wayward wind is a restless wind
A restless wind that yearns to wander
And he was born the next of kin,
The next of kin to the wayward wind.
Written by Herb Newman and Stan Lebowsky
Recorded by Patsy Cline, 8/17/61
I stuck that in there just because I like the rhyme.
Banjo bio: I bought my banjo when I was a high school senior, bought the Earl Scruggs method book and tackled the wire and wood for about two years. Put it in the back of the closet when I went overseas and there it stayed until I turned 50. My brother-in-law, a skilled mandolin picker, asked why I didn't pull out my old banjo and take it with us to a bluegrass festival. Since we were headed for a festival on the Suwanee River (Magnolia Fest) and it seemed like the right thing to do at the time, that's what I did. At the festival, I ran into an old bud and he and I started some slow picking. I was amazed at what all I remembered. He asked what I was going to do with the banjo and I told him I had planned on selling it. "Why don't you just play it. Seems like you've already got it going."
That was 2003. I haven't stopped and I've been having a great time. The wife has since picked up the fiddle. We jam with family and friends most every weekend and at church sing-alongs. We even formed a little group for church pic-nics, charity benefits and the like. I may not be ripping on the frets as yet but I've got it going and it's been lots of fun.
'Bond, James Bonds' 25 min
'Upgrade or replace?' 25 min
'Framus Banjo' 39 min
'Assorted banjo tuners' 2 hrs