With the recent success of the title track to their recording on the John Boy & Billy label, 4th & Goal, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive become the first-ever Bluegrass band booked during Canton, Ohio’s Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, to celebrate the new Hall of Fame inductees for 2017: MORTEN ANDERSEN, TERRELL DAVIS, KENNY EASLEY, JERRY JONES, JASON TAYLOR, LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, AND KURT WARNER.
To me music is a representation of life. It can be portrayed and represented in so many ways, however in it's purest forms it is an extension of one's personality and interests. I have made it a priority in my musical endeavors to exploit and display these characteristics on an instrument that is somewhat of a newbie to expression; the banjo.
When I get questions from players who are having a hard time progressing with their playing, the challenge is almost always something that could have been prevented when they were just starting out. It’s always more fun to imagine being an amazing banjo player, playing fancy things really fast, than it is to struggle through things like fingerings, timing, and soloing.
California here they come! Not only is California the home state for Deering Banjos, but in honor of Mumford and Sons concerts in the Golden State we have created the one of a kind California Goodtime Charity Banjo!
We recently had the chance to catch up with John D. Willis, a musician our ears are more familiar with than we realize! John is based in Nashville, TN and is not only an impressive guitarist in his own right, he has extensive experience in recording on the banjo, including 5 string banjo, long neck 5 string banjo, and 6 string banjo.
Danny Barker was a true original. His activities were vast: jazz banjoist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, ukulele player, actor, raconteur, griot, and a tireless torch bearer of New Orleans music. Danny Barker's long and enduring career spans most of the 20th-century and if one listens to him close enough they will hear the entire history of jazz from the 19th century brass bands and dance bands through Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, and Wynton Marsalis, with many, many side streets on the way. Danny Barker is jazz. Danny Barker should be taught in every public school and every college in America and abroad!
Here are ten 6 string banjo songs that showcase the history and versatilty of the instrument. The banjo in these songs is one of the primary instruments used (in some cases the only instrument used) and is not just a faint banjo sound buried in the background of the mix. You can see that these songs range from recordings from the 1920’s to today. They also range in styles from traditional jazz, blues, old time, country, and rock. There are no limits for the 6 string banjo.There are many other songs where the 6 string banjo is an essential part of the song. This list is just a snapshot of a few. Let us know of others in the comments section below!
Here is a list of 10 great tenor banjo players who play jazz or early 20th century American pop music that you should check out if you haven't already. Of course there are many more artists that deserve to be on this list, but this is just a place to start. These artists are in no particular order.
Deering Banjo artist Tony Trischka is one of the premier 5-string banjoists to ever take up the instrument. Tony was at the forefront of the push to take the 5-string banjo to new places musically. He has recorded music on the banjo with styles ranging from bluegrass, classical, jazz, world music, and more. He is a multi Grammy nominee, IBMA Award winner, and 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow.