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JanetB commented on a video 'Bonaparte's Retreat - Butch Robins & Friends LIVE' 4 days
Playing Since: 1966
Experience Level: Purty Good
Gibson TB2 Converted to 5 String by Frank Neat ( my wife's banjo(
Gibson RB800 converted to 3 Ply rim with Huber tone ring
Santa Cruz Tony Rice D Model
Wechter Scheerhorn Reso Guitar
Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Don Reno, Sammy Shelor, Allen Shelton, Dennis Caplinger, Jim Mills, Doug Dillard, Dale Perry, Rob Mc Coury, Wayne Rice, Ben Elderidge, Bela Fleck, Rich Jones, Nick Hornbuckle, Steve Taft, Kenny Igraham , Al Munde, Janet Beasly, Scott Vestal, Don Parmely and a bunch of others
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Last Visit 11/19/2012
The bluegrass 5 string banjo is life, The banjo is the bio. When I am down, I pick, then I feel great, and want to pick some more. Always something to learn, so many variations, wish I could live forever and learn it all. I became interested in Banjo in the mid 1960's down in El Cajon Caifornia. I attended a church retreat up near Pine Valley. There was a blind kid playing the banjo. I liked the sound and struck up a conversation with him. He told me it was blugrass and that he learned it by listening to Flatt & Scruggs. He then pointed me to getting the Foggy Mtn Banjo albumn. When I returned home the next week, I had my mom take me to down town San Diego at Apex Music, there I ordered the album as blugrass was not well known there.then. IN that music store there was a natural finish Gibson. I noticed the Mastertone inlay. . At the time, I thought I would never be able to have something like that. I was hooked, mowed thirty five lawns to save some money. THen I bought a used banjo of low quality, strings were about an inch off the neck. I wore that record out, playing it a half speed, over and over, draggin my finger on the edge to slow it down. What a grind that was. Then I was walking downtown El Cajon, and passed a music store called FanFare Music, I went in side and inquired if anyone taught banjo. This was in 1969. They told me to come back the next day and talk to Wayne Rice.. So I did. Wayne was great, I really liked his encouragement. Then I got a draft notice and had to do other things for a while. I ended up practicing up in Wyoming for a while, then went down to San Diego. Lived there for some time, Started a band called Sutherland Gap, and also played a few gigs with the Rose Canyon Band. Also played with Bob and Linda in a band called the Sundowners. Life got a bit hectic there so I went up to Washington. There I played in a band called Crusin Timber with some real fun characters. Also formed a band called SouthPoint, another gang of good players. The last band I played in there was Lonesome Road with my wife Janie McFalls, Mike Johnson ( he used to play in a band called City Limits, Steve Taft , and I. A lot of fun it was.... I met a lot of friends and played a lot of music. A great addition to my life and all thanks to a blind kid I met at a church retreat. And a banjo.......