• Mean Mary James

    “Mean Mary” James

    Mary James has literally entertained thousands throughout her lifelong career starting from the age of 6! Born in Geneva, AL, she is one of 6 children from a family of great independence and a sense of adventure. At one time the family lived in a Visqueen tent in the northern Minnesota, cooking on a campfire,… Read more

  • Goodtime Solana 6 Banjo Peghead

    Play it. Love it. New Goodtime Solana 6 Video!

    The Goodtime Solana 6 was officially unveiled at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville over the weekend and it certainly raised some eyebrows! So this felt like a good opportunity to talk about something we noticed during the development of this instrument. The Solana 6 is a first for Deering and we once again find ourselves… Read more

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    Deering Banjos Wins Gold

    Over 10,000 players voted Deering Banjo Company the gold medal for banjo in this year’s Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player’s Choice Awards! At Acoustic Guitar they feel that when naming the finest instrument makers “who better to turn to than the AG readers — folks who have their fingers on the pulse of the fretboard.”

  • Barry Hunn

    The Perfect Life of the Amateur

    amateur (n.) - 1784, “one who has a taste for (something),” from French amateur “lover of,” from Latin amatorem (nominative amator) “lover,” agent noun from amatus, past participle of amare “to love” (see Amy). Meaning “dabbler” (as opposed to professional) is from 1786. As an adjective, by 1838.   In a few recent emails and phone calls, I’ve heard this statement, “I’m just an amateur.” I understand… Read more

  • Gayle Skidmore

    New Music Monday! Featuring Gayle Skidmore

    New Music Monday! Featuring Gayle Skidmore, a respected San Diego musician performing her recently written song “Movin’ On” with a style all her own on a Vega #2 banjo. This is the first “Deering Factory Sessions” video, directed by our friends The Joelsons. “Movin’ On” is not yet recorded…we will let you know as soon as… Read more