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Playing Since: 1974
Occupation: Musician

Gender: Male
My Instruments:
Gibson RB-00, Original RB wood top to bottom, Buck tonering added to original thick rim, prewar notched tension hoop and round hoops replace the flat variety.

60's Winston electric banjo with added Bigsby Tremolo, Seymour Duncan rail pickups and a Roland MIDI pickup.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Charles "Buck" Trent, Bill Keith, John Hartford, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck, Bobby Thompson, Scott Vestal, Danny Barnes, Todd Taylor, Noam Pickelny, Gregory Liszt.

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Created 9/1/2007
Last Visit 6/10/2023

Don't believe everything you read....especially when dealing with artists, actors and entertainers. That being said, everything you've heard about me is absolutely true. :-) Studied all music my entire life. Piano, Upright Orchestral and Jazz bass, electric bass, Classical guitar, trumpet and banjo. Currently working to expand the instrument out of the confines of both the Bluegrass/Scruggs genre that envelopes the current tradition and move into electronic inspired fields where the instrument can accomplish more of a full band sound, recreating, as a classical guitarist would , the bass, harmony and melody of songs accentuated by rhythmic devices and effects in the way a synth player would work. My acoustic work right now suffers but it is more geared toward individual works than playing in a band. I do feel overall, that the banjo has become a caricature of itself with extremely narrowly defined traditions directing the often stagnant direction of the instruction and thought process of what the banjo is capable of outside of more acceptable settings. It's a very unique and fantastic instrument capable of doing so much but rarely enjoyed outside of traditional settings. Those who step outside those lines are often shunned by both the traditionalists and the "outsiders" who see the instrument only as what their limited scope and experience allows them to accept. It is simply a tool that controls sound while played in very unique ways. This, in my opinion, needs to expand beyond where "we've" firmly put the instrument in the 20th century.

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