Artists

  • Adrian Raso

    Adrian Raso

    Adrian Raso is a respected guitarist/composer from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Adrian has recorded two instrumental EPs and six full‐length instrumental albums. Black Mamba (2005) showcased Adrian’s stunning versatility and musicianship over a variety of styles, ranging from Gypsy to Mediterranean flavours. Adrian’s work is a fine example of the balance between commercially accepted music that is also readily embraced… Read more

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    Al Caldwell

    Al Caldwell, a native of St. Louis, is a multi-instrumentalist whose vibrant style and energy bring his music to life. Producer, songwriter of over 1500 tunes, bass player for Vanessa Williams Band, and Deering Crossfire banjo player….Al brings his enthusiastic and innovative approach to all of these talents. He joined the Vanessa Williams Band in… Read more

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    Andy Rau

    Andy Rau was born and raised in Southern California and has been performing professionally since 1975. He began his career as the in-house banjo player at Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park in his home town of Buena Park. During that ten-year period he performed in a host of musical situations including bluegrass bands, country rock… Read more

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    Ashley Campbell

    Ashley Campbell was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona but now calls Los Angeles home. She has been on several world tours with her father, Glen Campbell and her band Victoria Ghost has been the opening act of Glen’s recent Goodbye Tour.  You might also know Ashley as the banjo player from Rascal Flatt’s music… Read more

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    Austin Davis

    Austin Davis was fortunate enough to have been able to study basic to very advanced techniques with both Kerry Jones and Alan Munde. From single string practices to jazz in bluegrass a form, he soaked in as much as he could before joining the Josh Abbott Band. As a founding member,  he has enjoyed trying… Read more

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    Bela Fleck

    Béla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs. While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo… Read more

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    Beverly Dillard

    Beverly’s talents have taken her across the United States and Canada several times as a featured performer at the premiere country, folk and bluegrass festivals, as well as a performance at Carnegie Hall. Her considerable abilities have led to appearances on numerous television programs. She was a frequent guest performer on the “Hee Haw” show… Read more

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    Billy Lee Cox

    Billy Lee started playing the banjo at age 11. He would go with his family to country dances that his Uncle “Sock” would play the banjo for. He was hooked on the banjo. When Uncle “Sock” gave Billy his old banjo and said: “if you learn how to play this I’ll give it to you”…. Read more

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    Chris Funk

    Chris Funk is a multi-instrumentalist and member of the Portland, Oregon indie rock band The Decemberists. He plays banjo, guitar, pedal steel, piano, violin, dobro, hurdy gurdy, mandolin, saxophone, the theremin and many other instruments. After the trailer with all their equipment and merchandise was stolen in 2005, Funk wrote “This Machine Kills Thieves” on… Read more

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    Dan Hochhalter

  • Dan Walsh

    Dan Walsh

    Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as ‘the real deal’ (UNCUT). His unique and eclectic style, taking in folk, funk, bluegrass and even some Arabic music, has stunned audiences across the UK many times but is… Read more

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    Daniel Rothwell

    Daniel plays a rambunctious style of banjo commonly referred to as clawhammer.  He has always loved old-time music.  He was first introduced to the clawhammer  style when he was two years old and saw Leroy Troy performing.  He loved the banjo from that moment on. Daniel’s grandfather Thomas Maupin took him to  old time and bluegrass festivals… Read more

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    David Holt

    Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous award winning recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales.

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    Detroit Brooks

    Detroit Brooks, famed session and touring guitarist of the New Orleans music scene, has the most recognizable face in the city. An evening of his musical prowess, music critics, affection ados, or novices are testiment of his smooth yet infectious stroke based in solid fundamentals. Often admired by banjoists and guitarists world-wide, Brooks’ laid-back demeanor… Read more

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    Dom Flemmons

    Dom Flemmons is a multi-instrumentalist and a songster. Playing in a broad range of old-time blues, country, string band, rock and jazz, he has impressed audiences with his outrageous performance style. “I always try keep the audience guessing,” Dom says, “it makes the performance more interesting.” Dom lives currently in upper Manhattan. As a member… Read more

  • Eddie Adcock

    Eddie Adcock

    Among the major-league talent emerging from the folk music boom of the late ’50s were the Country Gentlemen, a D.C.-based quartet that introduced bluegrass to a generation of city folks and college students, people who had never heard of Flatt & Scruggs or Bill Monroe or the Stanley Brothers. The Gentlemen, in playing the old… Read more

  • Eleanor Underhill

    Eleanor Underhill

    Underhill grew up surrounded by folk music. At any given time, her mother would practice a repertoire of ballads for the taverns of nearby Colonial Williamsburg or the record player would be spinning with the harmony-laden songs of Simon and Garfunkel; Peter, Paul and Mary; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; and the Beatles. Ultimately, Molly and Eleanor agreed to… Read more

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    Eric Church

    Revolution has cast a spark in mainstream country music, and outlaw rebel Eric Church is to blame. Since the release of his first album, Sinners Like Me (2006), Church has led his pack one-by-one through retrospective songwriting, invigorating live shows, and a hard-boiled attitude soaked in blood and sweat, and ice cold beers. Perhaps that’s… Read more

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    Eric Gibson

    I started with a banjo Dad bought from Sears. I think it said Kay on the headstock. After a couple of years he got me a Hondo which I thought was really nice until some pickers at the Crafstbury Vermont Banjo Contest told me I needed a better banjo. I was so hurt because it… Read more

  • Ernie Welch

    Ernie Welch

    Ernie Welch started playing banjo late at the age of 21 taking lessons from Joe Oser, Rual Yarbrough and Bela Fleck. His early musical influences were the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. His Bluegrass influences were the New Grass Revival, The Seldom Seen, The Country Gentleman, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and Hot Rize…. Read more

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    George Grove

    George Grove, 37-year veteran of The Kingston Trio (as of 2013), has been playing Deering banjos exclusively for over 25 years, both on-stage and in the recording studio. His custom Deering banjo known as “The Banjosaurus” was used for The Kingston Trio’s CD Live At The Crazy Horse (released 1994). The “Tom Dooley Banjo” was… Read more

  • Graham Sharp

    Graham Sharp

    Graham Sharp began playing banjo in college and almost immediately fell into playing with Charles and Woody. Originally introduced to bluegrass by his high school Latin teacher, Graham was drawn to the sounds of John Hartford and Norman Blake. Through the years he has penned more than thirty Steep Canyon Rangers songs. He lives in… Read more

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    Harvey Reid

    Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid has honed his craft over the last 40 years in countless clubs, festivals, streetcorners, cafes, schools and concert halls across the nation. He has been called a “giant of the steel strings” and “one of the true treaures of American acoustic music.” He has absorbed a vast repertoire of American… Read more

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    Ian McFadyen

    With a musical journey that has led him from Earl Scruggs to Jimi Hendrix to Pearl Jam, Ian has developed a unique and undeniably powerful banjo sound. Fascinated by his father’s abandoned banjo, at age 9, Ian began pickin’ in earnest.  He went on to be quite an accomplished bluegrass player, winning first place in… Read more

  • Jamie Beale

    Jamie Beale

    Jamie Beale is the vocalist and banjo player for the Celtic folk-rock band Bare Knuckle Parade.

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    Jeff DaRosa

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    Jens Kruger

    At age six, when Jens (Yens) heard the banjo on one of his dad’s American records, he yearned to play it. But having no access to one, Jens played their mother’s accordion, accompanying Uwe, who played their father’s guitar. When Jens turned ten he acquired a tenor banjo and started to play Dixieland jazz, hoping… Read more

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    Jim West

    Best known for his work with the “Weird Al” Yankovic Band, guitarist Jim West is also a composer of TV and film and has produced a number of CDs for independent artists. The Toronto, Canada, born West grew up in Tampa, FL, and started playing the guitar at age 12. He currently divides his time… Read more

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    Joe Bonsall

    The first banjo music that I ever heard was as a kid. That strange Philadelphia phenomenon called the String Band, as in MUMMERS. (See my essay, A Trip Back Home at josephsbonsall.com.) One hundred guys wearing feathers and strumming banjos is quite an assault and, although I got a kick out of the pomp and… Read more

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    John McEuen

    A broad spectrum of music Americana, with a bit of “the old country” music thrown in for good measure, has made John McEuen known as America’s instrumental poet. His musical impressions from over 30 years of worldwide travels are brought to the stage with performing expertise that sets him apart from others, and focuses on… Read more

  • Jonny Mizzone

    Jonny Mizzone

    Best known for their YouTube bedroom practice sessions, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are composed of 11 year old Jonny Mizzone on banjo, his 14 year old brother Robbie on fiddle, and 15 year old brother Tommy on guitar. With fingers flying and bountiful energy, these young men have captured the attention of over 17… Read more

  • Josh Damigo with his Deering Phoenix Banjo

    Josh Damigo

    Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his homemade EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident, Damigo retreated… Read more

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    Justin Lansing

    Justin Lansing is the banjo player for the Grammy Award winning family music duo, The Okee Dokee Brothers.  They write and record American Roots music with the goal to inspire children and their families to spend time outdoors and in nature. Justin plays clawhammer style on a Deering Boston 5-string banjo.  The Okee Dokee Brothers’… Read more

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    Kacey Musgraves

    After listening to Same Trailer Different Park, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s first album for Mercury Records, it’s clear that this is a girl who has something to say. A true language artist, Kacey nimbly spins webs of words to create the quirky puns, shrewd metaphors, and steely ironies that fill the record. The fact that she… Read more

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    Keith Urban

    Multi-instrumentalist, New Zealand born Keith Urban was raised in Australia. Though best known for his acoustic and electric guitar playing, he also plays 6-string banjo, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, sitar, bousouki and drums. In 1992 Keith moved to America, worked briefly as a session guitarist in Nashville before founding his first band called The Ranch…. Read more

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    Kieran Hanrahan

    Kieran Hanrahan is an Irish radio host and high profile musician, born in Ennis, Co. Clare. He began playing traditional Irish music on the tenor banjo at the age of fourteen, and had won the All-Ireland banjo championship by the time he was eighteen. Over the years, Kieran has helped found a number of traditional… Read more

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    Mark Johnson

    So, who is Mark Johnson and how did he learn this unique style? A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Mark now hangs his hat in Florida but learned his trade from Jay Unger while living in New York. Mark didn’t know that Jay was a highly accomplished fiddler who also tinkered with the clawhammer style… Read more

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    Mary Cox

    Banjoholic, Mary Z. Cox, a third generation Floridian, has played banjo since she was 12, and is a two time Florida champion. She has won old time music competitions on banjo, dulcimer, singing, and string band in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee and was chosen by Banjo Newsletter readers in 2006 as the… Read more

  • Mean Mary James

    Mean Mary

    Today she labors on her TV show, produces music for herself and other artists, produces shows and videos, is co-writing a novel trilogy about the music world, is an endorsing artist for Deering Banjos, and is constantly touring. She plays 11 instruments and has recorded 12 albums, her newest being Walk a Little Ways with Me.

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    Michael Jonathan

    Founder of the Woodsongs Radio Hour.

  • Ned Luberecki

    Ned Luberecki

    Ned Luberecki plays banjo with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and tours as Nedski & Mojo with Stephen Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band.) Ned has toured and performed with: Tony Trischka’s Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular Band The Rarely Herd Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time The Jim Hurst Band Radio Flyer Paul Adkins & The Borderline Band SiriuxXM Ned is an… Read more

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    Noam Pikelny

    Noam Pikelny is an American banjoist. He is a member of the “Americana country-classical chamber music” group Punch Brothers and was previously in Leftover Salmon as well as the John Cowan Band.

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    Rhiannon Giddens

    Rhiannon is a show-stopper — not only for her glorious voice but also for her incredible versatility. She ranges across many styles and genres, and is equally at ease singing opera, blues, gospel and Gaelic or whatever the moment takes. A rare talent!

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    Rik Barron

    Rik is a folk festival veteran whose unique guitar and banjo styles have caught the attention of audience members and music critics alike. As a teenager he was named best instrumentalist by the Newfoundland Folk Artist Association, and his kid friendly tunes earned him three East Coast Music Awards.

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    RJ Comer

    “A city boy with swamp water in his veins” is how Los Angeles-based recording artist, songwriter and performer RJ Comer describes himself. RJ’s unconventional approach to the banjo respects the folk and jazz traditions, but is not confined by them. Fronting his genre-bending 7-piece show band Dance Hall Pimps (Lakeshore Records), RJ plucks and saws… Read more

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    Rod Stewart

    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy™ Living Legend Rod Stewart has been lauded as having one of the most distinctive voices in pop music. The success of the “Great American Songbook” albums, which began in 2001 with It Had to Be You…, is truly unprecedented; it is the biggest selling ongoing series of… Read more

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    Sascha Lazor

    The Mad Caddies’ talents reach far beyond the boundaries of ska and punk, enabling them to throw a musical curve ball into the mix without notice. Reggae, dixie, jazz, surf, rockabilly, country and swing are all styles in which the group is well versed and aren’t afraid to inject into their unique brand of rock. The members… Read more

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    Scott Avett

    Scott Avett. Player of the Deering Sierra, Black Diamond, Tenbrooks Legacy and Vega Senator banjos, is one of the lead singers and founding members of the folk-rock band, The Avett Brothers. Scott primarily plays the banjo but also plays harmonica, drums, piano, acoustic guitar and electric guitar for the band based out of Concord, North… Read more

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    Scotty Morris

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a contemporary swing revival band from Ventura, California in 1989 by their band leader Scotty Morris, player of a Deering Maple Blossom Plectrum banjo. These hep cats in classic 40’s style threads produce good-humored, foot tapping swing revival!

  • Seva Venet

    Seva Venet

    Seva is active in the New Orleans music scene and can be found performing on banjo and/or guitar with Lionel Ferbos and the Louisiana Shakers, Treme Brass Band, Greg Stafford and the Jazz Hounds, Dr. Michael White, Tommy Sancton, Clive Wilson and Lars Edegran as well as leading his own band the Storyville Stringband.  He… Read more

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    Snap Jackson

    In July of 2006, after hearing John Hartford’s Mark Twang album, singer-songwriter, Snap Jackson, walked into a music store in Stockton, California and purchased his first banjo. He has been obsessing over it ever since. In addition to both Scruggs style and clawhammer banjo, Snap also plays the ukulele, mountain dulcimer, and the harmonica. In… Read more

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

    Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world –… Read more

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    Taylor Swift

    Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved toNashville, Tennessee at the age of fourteen to pursue a career in country music. She signed to the independent label Big Machine Recordsand became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. The release of Swift’s eponymous debut albumin 2006 established her as a country music star. “Our Song“, her third single,… Read more

  • Terry Baucom

    Terry Baucom

    The Duke of Drive, Terry Baucom, is well known to bluegrass fans. Terry’s time with the award-winning Doyle Lawson and Quiksilver Band not only brought him critical acclaim but made his name a household word among the bluegrass community. Music has been an important part of the Baucom family for generations; his father played guitar,… Read more

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    Tony Trischka

    Born in Syracuse, New York, famed banjoist and 2007 IBMA player of the year, Tony Trischka, was inspired to play banjo in 1963 when he heard a Kingston Trio recording of “Charlie and the MTA.” He shares this common thread with Greg Deering who also fell in love with banjo when he heard a Kington… Read more

  • Willow Osborne

    Willow Osborne

    Thirteen year old Willow Osborne, picked up her first banjo at the tender age of four, and was taught by her friend & mentor, Gary “Biscuit” Davis, the 4-time International Banjo Champion.  Willow’s stage presence, vocal, and instrumental skills have given her the rare opportunity to perform as the Youth Performer at the Country Tonite… Read more

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    Winston Marshall

    Bio: Winston Marshall is the banjo player for the band Mumford and Sons.