I picked this up from a FB page on old recordings (cylinders and 78s). The fellow who posted labeled it the Top 30 Songs of the 1890s. He immediately got some challenges "based on what?". So it's not clear if these are top selling records, top selling sheet music, whatever.
BUT, for our purposes check out #17 at about 4:33 by Len Spencer singing Hot Time in the Old Town Tonite, and about 8:03 Len Spencer again, singing Old Folks at Home. Both display the 5 string banjo picking of the time. Great popping tone from the banjo.
Whatever facts I've gotten wrong here please pardon. I just thought you might like to hear some good banjo picking. Would it be called "classic" style?
Thanks for sharing that.
Took out a big chunk of a long car ride listening.
Classic, ragtime, whatever...I just call it great playing and good tunes.
'Banjo Funny' 1 hr
'Kel Kroydon KK-10' 1 hr
'Lines' 2 hrs
'HC Dobson' 2 hrs
'Levy's banjo strap' 2 hrs