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Nov 18.2019

Picky Fingers Podcast: Matthew Davis

In this episode (part one of a two-part conversation), host Keith Billik talks to banjo phenom Matthew Davis, a member of the modern bluegrass group Circus...

Jun 28.2013

Why Should I Go To A Music Festival

This might seem like a simple question and the answers may seem “obvious” to those of us who have been to many of these events. But, what if you had NEVER...

Jun 26.2013

The Extreme Versatility of the Long Neck Banjo

The first 25 fret long neck banjo started out as a standard 22 fret neck banjo.  Folk legend, Pete Seeger, explained in his banjo instruction book that he...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Michael Jonathan

Founder of the Woodsongs Radio Hour.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

John Hartford

John Hartford won Grammy awards in three different decades, recorded a catalog of more than 30 albums, and wrote one of the most popular songs of all time,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Jun 18.2013

The Magic of the Music

Barry Hunn Deering Banjos Sales Manager

Add a Personal Touch To Your Gig Bag for FREE!

Here’s how:

  • Go to your Goodtime banjo dealer and buy yourself your favorite Goodtime banjo and order a monogramed Deering gig bag.
  • When you are ordering the...
Jun 17.2013

An Interview with Chris Funk of The Decemberists and Black Prairie

Attending the Black Prairie concert in March 2013 at the historical McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California, I had the pleasant opportunity to...

Winston Marshall

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

Learn the Banjo with Songs or Exercises?

I recently wrote an article about strengthening your fretting hand’s pinky and ring finger.   A common question that I have heard over the years is; “what good...

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