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Feb 25, 2021 - 9:14:15 AM
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Does anyone have links to artists who use a more modern/ unique twist on the clawhammer style? I'm looking to get outside of the box of the typical old time style and traditional tunes. Mostly I have followed Lucas Pool but am interested in finding others. Also recommendations for lessons from banjo players of this style.

Edited by - MissMorgan on 02/26/2021 07:55:33

Feb 25, 2021 - 9:30:38 AM
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908 posts since 11/22/2007

Look for Richie Stearns video's.

Feb 25, 2021 - 9:49:55 AM
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blazo

USA

295 posts since 5/16/2017

Steve Baughman is doing some pretty unique stuff on the banjo, especially his California Roll technique,

Feb 25, 2021 - 10:01:32 AM
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R Buck

USA

2922 posts since 9/5/2006

Checkout this guy.

Feb 25, 2021 - 11:52:55 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9892 posts since 1/22/2003

Edited by - Emiel on 02/25/2021 11:59:34

Feb 25, 2021 - 2:19:14 PM

Bill H

USA

1601 posts since 11/7/2010

Ritchie Stearns, Brad Kolodner, Victor Furtado, and I second Abigail Washburn who brings traditional styles to such a creative and contemporary level.

Feb 25, 2021 - 3:36:24 PM
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wsharp

USA

91 posts since 4/13/2010

Mike Oberst from The Tillers. These guys rock!

Feb 25, 2021 - 5:13:22 PM

1 posts since 1/31/2021

Taylor Ashton uses some mixed styles, focused around clawhammer and two finger to make very contemporary music.
Honestly Douglas Fur of Death has a 1000 Ears has some really strong clawhammer techniques applied to interesting places.

Feb 25, 2021 - 6:57:07 PM

cevant

USA

158 posts since 2/5/2020

Check out Rob Stenson.
youtu.be/0Lor0-CB1ag

and of course Zac Sokolow

https://youtu.be/Qjh1CIs34bw

Edited by - cevant on 02/25/2021 19:05:42

Feb 25, 2021 - 7:05:42 PM

Bart Veerman

Canada

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Not a unique style but it should be outside of the box enough. Any tune you like should be fair game especially the ones with a strong melody line.


Feb 25, 2021 - 7:24:10 PM
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933 posts since 6/25/2006

Nathan Bowles.

Feb 25, 2021 - 7:29:44 PM
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1482 posts since 2/9/2007

Adam Hurt. Great player and great teacher.

Feb 25, 2021 - 7:40 PM
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blazo

USA

295 posts since 5/16/2017

You can add ^^^ Dan Gellert to the list too

Feb 26, 2021 - 12:47:21 PM
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4695 posts since 2/24/2004

How about a little bar banjo ?

www.maryzcox.com

 

Feb 26, 2021 - 2:31:48 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24696 posts since 6/25/2005

Michael J. Miles; Alison DeGroot... Of all the players listed, Steve Baughman is the only one I know who has added technique to clawhammer. The others have interesting, diverse and unusual repertoires for sure, but as far as technique, the have combined and recombined long-standing techniques.

All that said, the most creative and far-ranging player of anything and everything on clawhammer banjo is Pete Roehling. He used to be on BHO,, but was banned for excess snark. If you can find some of his music postings floating around the web you will be amazed. and he’s been doing it for decades, not years.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 02/26/2021 14:32:15

Feb 26, 2021 - 3:47:03 PM
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4695 posts since 2/24/2004

this is what I call my wrong note style.  Set down a loose theme--then try to hit as many notes around it as possible.  The fun of this style is its going to sound different with every musician you play it with :)

Here's a little Snake Charmers Daughter & that's Gerald Ross on guitar. He's famous as a ukulele player--but is a wonderful guitarist too.  Of course you have to be able to hit all the right notes in order to know where the wrong notes are--haha :)

Best banjo wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

maryzcox.com

 

Feb 27, 2021 - 10:02:32 AM

34 posts since 2/14/2021

Carl Pagter plays an infectious rhythmic clawhammer/ up picking style that is very much his own. He played and headed up the band "Country Ham" for may years and has numerous CD's on Youtube. I realize many old time banjo players never heard of him and some who have dismiss him as "not old time". But that is the point of this topic. He made up his own unique style based on but not wedded to today's definition of acceptable traditional clawhammer banjo and Pete Seeger style up picking.

Give a listen: youtu.be/Xkuu5QDQxo0

Feb 27, 2021 - 10:35:46 AM

2 posts since 2/27/2021

Howdy Miz Morgan! I discovered this number by the Dead Tongues just this morning:
youtu.be/3jSR5z9yjxQ

Also, the Duhks version of The Wagoner’s Lad is pretty stellar, as is everything else on that album from 2005 (co produced by Bela Fleck).

Feb 27, 2021 - 3:17:03 PM
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I'm right there with you, I love a modern sound to clawhammer. It can be hard to find, these two have impressed me most.

Dan Walsh
youtu.be/bD-lmKohG0M

Victor Furtado
youtu.be/3usFNMPqbd4

Feb 28, 2021 - 5:20:46 AM

Hay-on-Wye

Wales

245 posts since 6/29/2015

I second Dan Walsh. Brilliant in any genre of music. Got a great funk clawhammer style but next tune he plays is an Indian raga and plays a great live set including audience participation!
I’m a believer:
youtu.be/bO5ZvzMfpa4
Moving on up the line:
youtu.be/QQ2D_djtOjc

Hammer and nail

youtu.be/PRKrqxxPCC0


Indian raga:

youtu.be/1-oRk5rBTic

And then this bloke Rob Stetson. Amazing sound

youtu.be/KnY9auT7ly0

Feb 28, 2021 - 6:32:57 AM

banjopaolo

Italy

1386 posts since 11/6/2008

Feb 28, 2021 - 8:54:31 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9892 posts since 1/22/2003

Feb 28, 2021 - 8:59:13 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9892 posts since 1/22/2003

Where is MissMorgan ?

Feb 28, 2021 - 9:12:54 AM
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Wow, thanks so much everyone! I have slowly started to explore these artists and am really excited to broaden my horizons!

Feb 28, 2021 - 9:36:34 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9892 posts since 1/22/2003

Here is even more for you (from Germany):
Mar 1, 2021 - 5:31:27 AM

14 posts since 2/19/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Hay-on-Wye

I second Dan Walsh. Brilliant in any genre of music. Got a great funk clawhammer style but next tune he plays is an Indian raga and plays a great live set including audience participation!


That looks like it was a great show. Really makes me miss live music. Hammer & Nail's really something too, isn't it?

Edited by - Clawmunist on 03/01/2021 05:32:16

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