We want to give a shout out and Happy Father's Day to all of the dad's out there!
We all have the memories and cherished stories of the first time the banjo came into our mind, and we were inspired to play. For some it was Pete Seeger, for others it was Earl Scruggs, or perhaps Bela Fleck. More recently it could have been Steve Martin or The Avett Brothers. For the 13 year old Greg Deering in 1963 it was The Kingston Trio. More specifically, their live Album Stereo Concert.
Held on board the Star of India in San Diego’s beautiful downtown harbor, the Deering 40th Anniversary Benefit Concert was a magical evening for all who attended. Surprises included performances by Steve Martin, George Grove of Kingston Trio fame, and Johnny Baier, executive director of the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City. Guests were treated to hearing Martin and Grove each perform a number with the world renowned headliners, Kruger Brothers Band.
Thank you to The Bluegrass Situation for the wonderful acknowledgement and deep reaching mini-documentary about the passion for building banjos and what it means to still be at it after 40 years!
Did You Know that Banjo is the Easiest Instrument to Learn?
We left off in the Banjo Bus Adventure Part 1 hitting the road to Guthrie, Oklahoma…the location for the next Gentlemen of The Road Stopover! The first afternoon in town we stopped in and paid a visit to a big part of bluegrass history and talent, Byron Berline and John Hickman at The Double Stop Fiddle Shop. We were honored to get to sit down and spend some time with both of them.
Each year, Deering Banjo Company holds its annual company lunch to eat some good food under the warm San Diego sun and celebrate with the presentation of employee anniversary awards. 2013 was no exception and on Friday August 16th, the whole crew gathered together for a feast and some special awards!