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Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

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Playing Since: 1970
Experience Level: Expert/Professional


Occupation: banjo teacher

Gender: Male
My Instruments:
Gibson Mastertones: a newish RB 12, a recent Granada, a 1928 all original five string RB3 Mastertone with a solid archtop tone ring. And I have nice 1928 TB4 with a Frank Neat 5 string neck. I play all of them.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Alan Munde
Tony Trischka
Pete Wernick

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Created 10/25/2007
Last Visit 6/22/2014

I've been playing for a long time, nearly 40 years. I have never stopped or lost interest. Learning the banjo was the best thing I ever did. My original influence was Pete Seeger, then Earl, for a long time. I learned a lot from the Scruggs book when I was a teenager. Then I got smitten with Trischka's brilliant material, and also I was influenced lots by Alan Munde. I still try to emulate him. I'm the guy who you hear playing the banjo on the Coen Brothers movie "Raising Arizona" My other recordings: The Simpsons(Season 18, episode 22 " You Kent Always Say What You Want"), TV commercials, The Waverly Consort, PBS soundtrack, and off-Broadway. For my independent CDs go to

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