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When I was 17 I had a Gibson RB-250. I quit playing at 19 when I played bass and sang in a Bluegrass Band in Atlanta. I bought an old Ibanez (generic RB-250, but in maple) in 2001 and had a Huber tone ring installed and a Grenada rim. I had to sell it a while back to afford a move. I live now, and was born in Lexington, KY. I recently bought a used Recording King Rk-R80 and i am hoping to get back into pickin after so many years..
JD Crowe is my all time hero as a banjo picker. His perfect timing, cleanness, dynamics, just everything. He is THE MASTER of playing backup. Of course as the new masters come along, they get even better, building on what he has done, but he is still my hero. He was also a very nice guy, when he gave me a few lessons years ago. Haven't seen him in years. I noticed someone joked on the forum about where his address was and someone responded that God called Him every day! FYI he lives in Nicholasville, KY, a few miles from Lexington. I do love to hear melodic style as long as it is clean. I love to hear Sammy Shelor play. I'm into Del and the Boys right now and obviously Alison is overwhelming. My favorite is Bluegrass Gospel with tight harmony and a driving banjo. I'll always love the tragedy songs like The little Girl and the Dreadful Snake, etc. I will always like Emmylou, Baez, Dylan, etc. I'm an old hippie. I still love the old bluegrass masters. I also like classic rock and ྌs techno rock.
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Last Visit 12/17/2009
I got diabetes when I was 12 yrs. old and the only thing I loved was my horse, BeeGee. I lost myself in riding and cleaning stalls and picking hoofs. She was my world. Soon I found another love: Bluegrass! I first heard live Bluegrass at the Bluegrass Fair in Lexington KY at the age of sixteen. I was walking around with my Led Zepp friends when I heard this AMAZING sound coming out of a tent. If I remember correctly, we were taking LSD that night! They all laughed and said it was "Beenie and Barney" music, but I went in and was transformed for life. It was JD Crowe. I knew I had to play the banjo. I was lucky, because JD was giving lessons at Carl's music. I didn't get too many lessons, as he was about to become a total star in the Bluegrass realm with the New South. I got kicked out of the Red Slipper lounge a lot, sometimes just sitting in the lobby straining to hear Tony Rice and JD. In 1973, I moved to Atlanta and played the bass and sang in a Bluegrass Band. I gave up banjo for a long, long time. In 2001, I bought an old Ibanez and put in a Huber tone ring and 3-ply hard rock maple rim and took lessons from Tim Lake in Lexington. I had to sell that banjo to move to my apartment. I worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years. I am now on disability and finally got another banjo. I've got a lot of time to do some porch pickin' now. I have arthritis in my hands, so I can't pick up the banjo and play...I have to play slowly for about 1/2 hour and then I can start pickin' better.. I have a Recording King RK-R80.. From 1985 until 1992, I spent all my time and money skydiving. Man, I could've had a great banjo for what I spent, but I sure did have fun! I spend most of my time volunteering and helping folks now. I sing acapella Mountain Gospel with a guy named Tom Watson who is a lover of Jesus! I also like birds. I have seven parrots. I practice pickin' sometimes on a little homemade instrument strung up like a 5-string, but with a mellow guitar-like tone. My parrots love bluegrass! They yell when I play...hmmm. Maybe that is not a compliment!