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Mar 17, 2020 - 1:45:59 PM
72 posts since 3/10/2020

I'm wanting to see other players opinions, taste. Who do you like the most and why.

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:42:40 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23425 posts since 6/25/2005

Walt Koken, mastery of rhythm and the fretboard. Arguably the best clawhammer player ever.

Other clawhammer masters: Adam Hurt, Bertram Levy, R.D. Lunceford, Victor Furtado, Howie Bursen, Jim Ruth, Michael Miles (who plays classical pieces), Tom Collins, Bob Carlin, Mike Snider. I doubtless left some out. All of these players handle fiddle tunes wonderfully, which is my main criterion. I stayed with contemporary players, not including such old-timers as Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell.

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:16:11 PM
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3875 posts since 5/12/2010

Walt Koken is certainly a master with his style of Clawhammer, I really like listening to him, but my favourite Old Time banjo player is Dwight Diller.

Both men are considered masters of their art, and naming either as "best" is subject to personal preferences.


Edited by - OldPappy on 03/17/2020 15:17:01

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:22:05 PM
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Bill H


1303 posts since 11/7/2010

For clawhammer, I think Victor Furtado and Brad Kolodner are both exciting young players to listen to. Both are extremely creative and versatile. Abigail Washburn is at the top of my list. She plays old time tunes with great precision and creativity and accompanies her voice so beautifully on original compositions. There are other great players of course. Ken Perlman comes to mind as well asBob Carlin.

Mar 17, 2020 - 4:09:14 PM
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12 posts since 12/27/2019

I'm in love with Michelle Younger

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:25:28 PM
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892 posts since 11/22/2007

Mark Olitsky
Richie Stearns
Joe Newberry
among many others.

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:29:08 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23425 posts since 6/25/2005

Forgot to mention, moving beyond clawhammer, that Walt Koken is a great finger-style player. He’s won the Charlie Poole contest.

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:40:32 PM
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3020 posts since 8/7/2008

Pretty much all of them except the bad ones...

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:35:36 AM

Paul R


12702 posts since 1/28/2010

The late Mac Benford comes readily to mind.

Alison DeGroot, Cahalen Morrison, Tom Collins, Dan Levenson

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:25:32 AM
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120 posts since 12/7/2007

As an old time fan, I just like the sound of Frank Lee’s and Dwight Diller’s music. Frank’s versatility also impresses me and Dwight’s focus on rhythm is appreciated. I also like Craig Evans’ playing, Hunter Walker’s playing, Mark Olitsky’s, and Bob Smakula’s. Their music always seems to bring smiles, and toe tapping.

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:07:49 AM
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15 posts since 4/12/2013

Lucas Poole should be added to the list.

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:35:02 AM
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769 posts since 12/30/2008

Richie Sterns, Frank Lee. Funky, syncopated rhythms.

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:49:45 AM
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Bart Veerman


4609 posts since 1/5/2005

There are sooo many amazing players that, for me, makes it impossible to answer that question.

Check the home pages of the folks who post in this forum, you'll get to listen to hundreds of hours of top notch music smiley

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:27:22 PM
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Originally posted by srrobertsiii

As an old time fan, I just like the sound of Frank Lee’s and Dwight Diller’s music. Frank’s versatility also impresses me and Dwight’s focus on rhythm is appreciated. I also like Craig Evans’ playing, Hunter Walker’s playing, Mark Olitsky’s, and Bob Smakula’s. Their music always seems to bring smiles, and toe tapping.

Never heard of Frank Lee. I'm going to rectify the situation immediately.

Other personal favorites that haven't already been mentionned

- Sarah Wood, Clifton Hicks, George Gibson, David O'Dell, Brett Ratliff, Jimmy Costa

Edited by - hoodoo on 03/18/2020 13:27:59

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:47:11 PM

59 posts since 5/11/2006

Chris Coole, Lukas Poole, John Balch, Bob Carlin, Ken Perlman, Dwight Diller, Frankie Lee, Riley Baugus, Brad Kolodner, Dirk Powell.

Edited by - Gutbucket on 03/18/2020 13:52:19

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:34:12 PM
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Paul R


12702 posts since 1/28/2010

Frank Evans of the Slocan Ramblers. He alternates between Bluegrass and clawhammer, and is amazingly adept at both. Kids these days ...

Mar 19, 2020 - 4:04:29 PM
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Lew H


2480 posts since 3/10/2008

I'm glad that a few women were mentioned. Was Kathy Fink in there somewhere? Let's not forget Mark (Clawgrass) Johnson and Chuck Levy down in Florida

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:20:24 AM



341 posts since 4/20/2015

My two favorites are Adam Hurt (already mentioned here) and Hilarie Burhans (not mentioned yet, I don't think). There are lots of others who continually impress.

Mar 21, 2020 - 5:45:17 AM

8 posts since 3/15/2020

I like them Spencer gals from the mountains of Virginia!Mother and daughter and they play some good old time music!

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:33:37 AM
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263 posts since 4/13/2006

My faves are too long a list, and many mentioned already, but I'll add to it.

Cathy Barnton-Para was one of the few folks to really focus on the Grandpa Jones style, which he learned from Cousin Emmy. Full of drive and great for song accompaniment. Gone, but not forgotten with lots of videos on youtube.

Mike Seeger - you could spend your life studying from Mike's videos and performances, which captured SO many old time banjo styles and tunings, clawhammer included. 

Daniel Koulack in Winnipeg, Manitoba is a wonderful player and composer. Chris Coole, Arnie Naiman and Frank Evans are all awesome Canadian players. 

And the list goes on......

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:18:55 PM

8 posts since 3/10/2019

Pretty much all about Clifton Hicks and Meredith Moon, but also a big fan of Douglas Fur's work in Ramshackle Glory.

Mar 23, 2020 - 6:52:02 PM

193 posts since 7/2/2012

I’ll echo the recommendation for Brad Kolodner.

Mar 26, 2020 - 1:28:37 PM

95 posts since 8/19/2008

I had a close up view of Frank Evans' talent during an intimate Scottish Borders performance last year. I can't imagine anyone being better than him, equal maybe but how can total mastery of an instrument be bettered..?

One thing I find annoying with all musical masters though, they start a melody as sweet as it gets but gradually ruin the tune with subsequent breaks turning into the same virtuoso counter melodies. Very skillful perhaps but they lose my interest oddly. They seem to be soo talented that they have to do it. Jens Kruger gets quite difficult to listen to after his first superb break to me..!

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:06:26 PM

263 posts since 4/13/2006

David- That's a pretty broad statement. There are some "heady" players, but many who remain tasteful for their entire version and embellishments..

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:07:23 PM

348 posts since 7/28/2016

I would say mine are clawhammer, old time, two finger, Stephen Wade. Three finger Jens Kruger, John Hartford, Doug Dillard, Bela Fleck. All of these guys are entertainers along with banjo players.

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:43:25 PM

22 posts since 7/23/2016

Thrre was a fella by the name of Scruggs that was pretty good to listen to. Another guy I enjoy is Dave Hum.
RIP Gentlemen

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