Most likely you have heard John Prine has past yesterday due to covid19.
While only somewhat related to the banjo I would think most of us feel some kind of influence by his music.
I would say he was a primary motivation in high school to want to learn to play guitar and later banjo and just in general something other than mainstream pop music and the overproduced stuff from Nashville and the coasts.
I feel saddened and also a little older because another one of my heroes has moved on.
'Oiling Around' 12 min
'Old 5 string banjo' 2 hrs