Hey, this is my 1st entry. I want to get envolved. I have been working on my 2 finger style, and having fun doing it. It's kinda half way between Will Keys & Wade Mainer. I knew Will some. He started at the Eastman Company in Kingsport, TN. when my dad did, in 1941. He tried to show me what he was doing, banjo wise, but he did alot with just 2 fingers. He had a thumb that was double jointed, so I guess he had one up on everybody. He was a great guy, and I, and probally 100's more, miss him. Dr. Richard Blaustein, who teaches with me in the Bluegrass Program at ETSU showed me how to do the lead index style. I call it the East TN Style, for it was what everyone was using in early times around the 5 state area, here in the mountains. I consider Richard my mentor, for I have known him since about, 1977or, 78. He is a wonderful fella. We love the old time music. If anyone has an old 1950s, or earlier, Kay sitting around, and would like to get rid of it, get in contact with me.4 comments
Playing Since: 1994
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
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Occupation: Music instructor with the East TN State University Bluegrass Program
Jim Huskins, Deering Goodtimes, Aria Pro II, and, a George Wunderlich Minstrel Banjo.
Several oldtme, and bluegrass bands, but could not nail one down. I enjoy all types of traditional American Music.
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I was born & raised in Kingsport, TN. Igrow up with oldtime and bluegrass music all around. Some of my forst work was backing up local fiddlers at conentions and such. I was really blessed to have been able to associate with these great fiddlers. I guess I would consider myself a guitar player first, and then i picked up the mandolin after several years. Banjo came last, but I have had such a good time with learning. I am a clawhammer player, by catagory, and I have never really picked up Scruggs, or, Reno, eventhough I have the most upmost respect for these gentlemen, and what they have done for banjo. I have a great respect for all styels of banjo players and playing. I live with my wife, and kids(2).
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