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Sep 25, 2020 - 7:22:21 AM
1448 posts since 4/13/2017

Can someone tell me the names of some (still living and traveling) banjoists from WV? Like the guys you see playing shows at festivals and stuff. Thanks.

Edited by - Lemon Banjos on 09/25/2020 07:22:59

Sep 25, 2020 - 9:13:59 AM
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639 posts since 6/6/2007

I think Bob Smakula is well-known and is a festival-winning banjoist, isn’t he?  As a renown repair shop owner, he may not travel and generally perform, though.


Edited by - DH#52 on 09/25/2020 09:15:25

Sep 25, 2020 - 10:20:19 AM
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14 posts since 10/16/2015

Some of my favorites are Kim Johnson, Andy FitzGibbon, Kevin Chesser, Paul Gartner, and Noah Cline.

Sep 25, 2020 - 11:18:15 AM
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I don't know if these are all well known, but they are known in WV. Dwight Diller and Ron Mullennex (originally from WV, but now lives in Bluefield, the VA part of town). Gerry Milnes is also a fine player, also Chris Haddox, Tim Bing, John Morris, Ben Townsend, David O'Dell, probably a few others not mentioned in other posts.

Sep 25, 2020 - 12:27:06 PM

1448 posts since 4/13/2017

The main reason I ask is I'm trying to find someone who would be willing to sponsor my banjos (like Ron Stewart and Warren Yates) so that I can get a big and good reputation. I build bluegrass banjos.

Edited by - Lemon Banjos on 09/25/2020 12:29:05

Sep 25, 2020 - 12:50:19 PM

138 posts since 12/7/2007

Buddy Griffin is a Vandalia Award winner, and started the bluegrass music degree program at Glenville State. Though I think he’s primarily a fiddler, perhaps he can help you Hunter. (David O’dell also teaches (chemistry) at Glenville State.)

Edited by - srrobertsiii on 09/25/2020 12:53:26

Sep 25, 2020 - 1:35:36 PM

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4727 posts since 1/5/2005

Calvin LePort, used to (or still is) play his Nechville with the Rarely Heard.

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