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Playing Since: 1960
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
[Teaching] [Jamming] [Socializing] [Helping]
Occupation: retired from R&D, chemistry
A Supertone that (purportedly) once belonged to Charlie Poole
An Orpheum #3 (restored fingerboard)
A Vega Little Wonder with a neck made in 1976 by Kate Spencer (on semipermanent loan to oldest daughter)
A Mike Ramsay (that belongs to my wife Kellie)
Dead guys: Charlie Poole, Skillet Lickers, Uncle Dave Macon, DaCosta Woltz' Southern Broadcasters, Ernest Stoneman, brother duets, you get the idea.
Recently departed: Will Keys, Art Stamper, Melvin Wine
Live musicians: my bandmates: Kellie Allen, Walt Koken, Clare Milliner (in the Orpheus Supertones) Kellie, Randy Johnson and Terry Burtyk (in Waking Up Tillie) Drew Smith, Mike Resnick and Susan Sterngold (in Ben Borscht and the Beats) , Jane Rothfield, Allan Carr, Paul Sidlick, Kellie (Jane's Gang) Chip Arnold, Mary Z. Cox, Gail Gillespie, Dan Gellert, Adam Hurt, Rusty Neithammer, Pete Pardee, Tim Woodbridge. . . could go on for some time!
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Last Visit 8/20/2015
Got a guitar for Christmas 1959. Got my first banjo six months later. Listened to the Kingston Trio (didn't we all, back in those days?) then the Weavers, then Pete Seeger and then to the New Lost City Ramblers and I was hooked. Started reading the liner notes to NLCR records and realized that my favorite songs often came from Charlie Poole. Made friends with people who had some of the old 78s on reel-to-reel tape and made copies. Got the first County reissues. Kept listening and learning for the next 40 years. Currently play banjo in the Orpheus Supertones (Walt Koken, Clare Milliner, Kellie Allen, me), Waking Up Tillie (Randy Johnson, Terry Burtyk, Kellie Allen, me) and irregularly in Jane's Gang (Jane Rothfield, Allan Carr, Paul Sidlick, Kellie Allen, me)
'Ode banjo site' 4 hrs
'1994 R&T SO Model' 4 hrs
'Assorted Tailpieces' 5 hrs