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
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
Some of my favorites are Kim Johnson, Andy FitzGibbon, Kevin Chesser, Paul Gartner, and Noah Cline.
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.
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
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
Calvin LePort, used to (or still is) play his Nechville with the Rarely Heard.
'Cooking with my banjo' 39 min
'Good Wednesday Morning' 4 hrs
'Guitar Wall Mount' 8 hrs
'Endorsement' 10 hrs