Playing Since: 1969
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
Occupation: writer/ performer
Baldwin S 1969. I purchased it from Mr. James Henley in 1972 while taking lessons from him and 8 year old son Jimmy Henley.
Avett Brothers, Dickie Lee Erwin Band, Jimmy Henley, Nick Lowe, Al Munde, Bill Kieth, Tom Waits, John Prine, Gary Newcomb, Chris Mietus
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Started taking banjo lessons from James Henley in 1971-72 in Hobbs, New Mexico. Jimmy Henley was 8 years old at the time and he would show me , at his dads request how a song was to be played. I remember when Jimmy picked out ' Hot Burrito Breakdown' off the Country Gazettes album (don't recall the title) before his dad could figure it out. He picked out the part that was up the neck. The part that Al Munde had put together! While taking these lessons I also played upright bass with James, Jimmy and Ed Pince. James on mandolin, Ed on guitar and of course Jimmy on banjo. We played around southeast New Mexico at several different functions. Short lived and great fun! Played in Portales, New Mexico in a group called 'Horse Pistols' and than in 78' I moved to Austin, Texas where I have lived sense. I have been playing and writing sense I got here and I'm now completing my 6 album! There is banjo on each record thou my focus turned to lyric/ country/ americana/ bluegrass... My new record, SWAN is due for release in July of 2009. It has 14 banjo instrumentals all but one is original. Order yourself a copy by emailing me at : firstname.lastname@example.org Playing with the Henley's set the bar high in my musical life. I can never repay them enough! James, Jimmy and Elsie are some of the greatest people I will ever know....