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Jun 21, 2020 - 5:37:30 PM
2178 posts since 9/25/2006

Anybody have one? What do you think?

Jun 22, 2020 - 5:38:14 AM
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jbalch

USA

8720 posts since 11/28/2003

I do not have one. I have not played them. But I taught with Riley at the Nashville Clawhammer Camp and have met him and heard him perform up close. He is a truly amazing player and a fine fellow! When I have seen Riley play his banjos - they sound great in his hands! I expect they may be solidly-made and simply-styled - workhorse players.

I think there is something very cool about banjos built by great "true vine" players. Kyle Creed is the obvious example. Riley is certainly a great singer and player...with a direct personal connection to genuine old-time influences and sources.

Since the question is posted in "collector's corner", I'll add my opinion that: who knows if Riley's banjos will achieve wide recognition and "collectable" status - especially anytime soon? He is young and hopefully will be building and performing for many years to come. But ... they may never be produced in large numbers - and I think the connection to Riley makes them very interesting.

BTW - I remember when Kyle Creed used to set up a booth to sell his banjos at the Smithville, TN Fiddlers Jamboree (for a few hundred dollars). Only wish I had been aware and had enough good sense to buy one. But back then I was running around the festival with a Gibson "parts" Mastertone on my shoulder trying to play bluegrass. I remember looking at Kyle's banjos and not having a clue what they were all about. "If only ..."


Edited by - jbalch on 06/22/2020 05:42:46

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:52:06 AM

Selmer

Canada

56 posts since 7/22/2012

I took Riley’s week long work shop at a camp. John’s description is very accurate: simple, but beautiful. He uses a slightly deeper pot for a little more of his characteristic tone. If I am ever in the market for another banjo, it would be at the top of my list.

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:11:25 PM

76 posts since 9/7/2010

Anything Riley made would be good enough for me. He's a fine musician and a wonderful guy.

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:20:31 AM
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RB100

USA

1230 posts since 12/11/2004

I used to hang out around Kyle Creed's booth at Smithville around 1976 or 77. I remember one day he gave Bobby Fulcher and myself a nice overview of his work and I picked up a brochure from him. I would love to have owned one of those creations, however, money was tight for me in those days and so as they say, the rest is history...
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Originally posted by jbalch

I do not have one. I have not played them. But I taught with Riley at the Nashville Clawhammer Camp and have met him and heard him perform up close. He is a truly amazing player and a fine fellow! When I have seen Riley play his banjos - they sound great in his hands! I expect they may be solidly-made and simply-styled - workhorse players.

I think there is something very cool about banjos built by great "true vine" players. Kyle Creed is the obvious example. Riley is certainly a great singer and player...with a direct personal connection to genuine old-time influences and sources.

Since the question is posted in "collector's corner", I'll add my opinion that: who knows if Riley's banjos will achieve wide recognition and "collectable" status - especially anytime soon? He is young and hopefully will be building and performing for many years to come. But ... they may never be produced in large numbers - and I think the connection to Riley makes them very interesting.

BTW - I remember when Kyle Creed used to set up a booth to sell his banjos at the Smithville, TN Fiddlers Jamboree (for a few hundred dollars). Only wish I had been aware and had enough good sense to buy one. But back then I was running around the festival with a Gibson "parts" Mastertone on my shoulder trying to play bluegrass. I remember looking at Kyle's banjos and not having a clue what they were all about. "If only ..."


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