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.
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 used for the Trio's Christmas album, Glad Tidings (released December, 2009). And his "Vega Kingston Trio 'George Grove'" was used for their CD Born At The Right Time (released February, 2012). George says that his only problem with his Deering banjos is "which one shall I use? Each banjo has a distinctive voice and personality -- I wish I could tour with all three banjos!"