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Marc Pruett on the Bean Blossom 1973 Album

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May 27, 2020 - 6:12:25 AM
266 posts since 4/26/2007

Bean Blossom 1973 is such a cool album. A great snapshot of many of the tops acts at the time, and for bluegrass banjoists it's a superb collection of stellar pickers.

Marc Pruett's playing on the record (with James Monroe's set) is a standout to me personally. Anyone know what banjo Marc was playing here? I know he would have been fairly young at the time and being the 70's it could have been literally anything. Whatever it was, Marc sounded great. A lot less "sharp" tone than many of the recordings I've heard from the time, fuller and rounder.

May 27, 2020 - 7:58:24 AM

12984 posts since 10/30/2008

I saw this band about that same year at the Country Gentlemen's festival at Indian Ranch in Webster MA.

I noticed Marc was playing a new Vega V-45, so I introduced myself and asked him a bunch of questions about it. He was just as nice as pie showing me the banjo and answering my questions. It sounded mighty good in his hands.

I have no idea if he played that banjo at Bean Blossom...but maybe?

May 27, 2020 - 8:24:13 AM

chuckv97

Canada

50139 posts since 10/5/2013
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At 22:13 Marc rips off Tain 45
youtu.be/QQTBZkKWruE

May 27, 2020 - 10:58:53 AM

266 posts since 4/26/2007

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

I saw this band about that same year at the Country Gentlemen's festival at Indian Ranch in Webster MA.

I noticed Marc was playing a new Vega V-45, so I introduced myself and asked him a bunch of questions about it. He was just as nice as pie showing me the banjo and answering my questions. It sounded mighty good in his hands.

I have no idea if he played that banjo at Bean Blossom...but maybe?


Interesting, perhaps it was the same banjo? Those old Vegas could sound pretty great, with deep, even tones throughout. Sounds plausible.

Edited by - HuberTone on 05/27/2020 10:59:05

May 28, 2020 - 4:22:17 AM

4350 posts since 12/24/2003

I think Marc had a TB-4 conversion at about that time. He's had quite a few banjos over the years, but always likes his parts banjo.

Tim

May 28, 2020 - 6:57:17 AM

1722 posts since 9/10/2003

The main reason any of Marc's banjos sounds good is because he is playing them. He's a great player & knows how to get good tone out of whatever banjo he's using any time you hear him. I was talking to him after a show last summer and you won't meet a nicer guy than Marc that's for sure.

Brian

May 28, 2020 - 12:24:02 PM

12984 posts since 10/30/2008

As a green teenager I was VERY impressed that Marc would take the time to talk banjos with me at the festival.

Jun 9, 2020 - 11:47:54 AM

jfb

USA

2373 posts since 9/30/2004

I sold him an original flathead along about that time. He should have kept it.
Rascal..
Just kidding Marc :)

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