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Published: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:34:00 CST

Last Build Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:34:00 CST


"New" Flatt, Scruggs, Monroe!

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:34:04 CST

I apologize if this has already been covered, but there are some live Opry transcriptions from 1947 of the Blue Grass Boy on youtube that are totally new to me. I have collected many of them over the years from various sources, but these are some I've never heard. Song like Goodbye Old Pal, We'll Meet Again Sweetheart, and a different version of Dear Old Dixie are astonishing. My thanks to Bryan Haywood for putting them up in December 2017. As always, I am awestruck at how fully developed and solid Scruggs' picking was, even at that early date. These are worth a listen to anyone who loves bluegrass. It's never been played better.

Displaying a banjo horizontally

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:11:44 CST

I just bought a new home that has a lighted display alcove large enough for a banjo or guitar. I was wondering if anyone else displays an instrument in this fashion and what sort of a secure holding fixture did you use. It can't attach to the wall behind it.

In search of..

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:17:57 CST

Years ago, when I was living in Boca Raton Florida and building banjos, I built a walnut banjo with a Liberty Kentucky Fern engraved pot, chrome plated, yellow and green wood purfling , Flying Eagle inlay. The owner was Robert B McDaniel, originally from somewhere in Missouri. I moved from Florida to NC in 1975. I've always wondered if anybody might know the whereabouts of Bob or his banjo. Just curious.

Bluegrass Festival Coming to Harris County, GA!

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:24:32 CST

Hey, folks!!
I just thought I'd let everyone know that I'm trying to organize a bluegrass festival here in Harris County, Georgia. I just got on the agenda for the next city hall meeting on the 12th to see if I can use Hamilton Square for the festival grounds. If anyone is interested, I could use all the help I can get to get this ball a'rolling!
Thanks, Hangout! Hope y'all have a great day!

Matthew Davis of Circus no.9

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:50:32 CST

My wife and I just saw Circus No. 9 tonight.....what a awesome display of talent these guys are really tight and just fun to watch. The tone that Mr. Davis could pull from his banjo was really remarkable I couldn’t tell what he was playing other than the pit was gold plated and looked quite worn. anyone know what he’s playing at this time?

GoogleMaps: Banjo spotting

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:58:02 CST,-1...656?hl=en

Looks like a Nechville Atlas 12” open back.

Flatt and Scruggs On Jimmy Dean Show Tonight

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:02:04 CST

Lester and Earl on at 9:30 pm, E time on RFD network

shipping a neck

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:40:49 CST

I have not been able to research since the change in the BHO.
Could someone tell me the best way to pack a banjo neck for shipping.

Great price on basic hardshell case ($45 and free shipping)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:52:26 CST

I have no affiliation with Guitar Center so did not post in For Sale forum.  Just posting to let everyone know.  I bought a couple of these over time for banjos that basically sit in the closet.  Just bought one for a beginner banjo that came with a unprotecting gig bag.   For the price they are great.  The ones I have go shut well.  Not the heaviest plywood, but very functional and protects well against dropped objects.  Not sure how they get the price this low with shipping included.  THey also sell cases in this line for other instruments.  I bought a mandolin case as well from this line and it is great for normal (non touring) use.


New Music (Banjo/Bluegrass) Class Start 1-22 Jupiter, FL

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:12:49 CST

The following fretmentor music classes are being offered through the Palm Beach County Community Education. Classes will be held at Jupiter Community High School on Monday and Tuesday nights. Registration can be done in person at the school or online at

Jupiter Community High School:
Register online (at or in person) starting January8th Classes are for 8 weeks 1/22 – 3/13 2018

Playing Bluegrass & Acoustic Music - Mon 7:00-8:00pm

Learning 5 String Banjo & Mandolin (combined class) - Monday 5:30-7:00PM

Children's Guitar – Tuesday 4:35-5:35

Adult Beginner's Guitar – Tuesday 5:45-6:45

Music Theory & Appreciation for all instruments - Tuesday at 7 PM

Blues & Rock Music for Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin & Fiddle - Tuesday at 8PM

Where to post about a missing banjo?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:07:06 CST

Can someone tell me where to post my *missing* ad?


1997 Maryland Banjo Academy Attendees

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:42:52 CST

I attended each of the Maryland Banjo Academy sessions, and I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of folks whom I had only known by name hitherto.

I have just scanned the group photo from the 1st of those, held in April 1997 when BANJO-L was a happening thing. I've been trying to identify people n the photo, but it can get difficult, for, while I have a high resolution scan, the old print is a bit worse for wear and the folks in the back row can really be hard to recognize.

This is a but a small version of the picture, to serve as a link to a cropped, high resolution version on my website, on which I have identified a number of people. If you were there (or just curious) please take a look and see whom you can identify, especially yourself, of course. You can download the photo and mark it up, or just drop a note telling me whom you can ID, and I'll keep the online file up to date. (By all means, if I have misidentified someone, please let me know that, too!)(image)

Oh, and bonus points if you can identify me...



Reminder to vote to save Stanley Brothers Artifact

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:49:02 CST

I didn't want this to get lost in the shuffle.  Please click on the link below to read the original post.

Link to Original Topic


Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:43:02 CST

Hello all,
My name is Kyle, im looking to help out my girlfriends mother to sell a banjo. Please help me,
2005 deering black diamond 6 string, excellent condition, never played, in a case with strap.
Her husband never told her he bought it, lol. Truth,
He passed away in 2008. It was made in California, i have the serial card , it was 3500 new.
Any idea how to sell this instrument? How much to ask?
I play acoustic guitar, we dont play banjo around her.
Thank you for any help. Much appreciated
Kyle Chadderdon

Earl’s Squared Eel ?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:48:17 CST

Mike was at it waayyy back in 1947.



Happy Birthday to Tony Trischka

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:45:11 CST

Happy Birthday to one of the best, a pioneer, innovator, virtuoso,instructor and banjo historian !

For Pete Wernick: Thank you, congratulations, & happy birthday

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:37:22 CST

Today I received and email/add from Dr Banjo Pete Wernick. In it he was telling about a new jam camp and some other things.It got me to thinking how much Pete has done for all us Scruggs wannabe type banjo players. The list is long and very quality. Here is some of what we should thank Peter for:
1. One of the first and still a very solid good quality instruction book.
2. Maybe the greatest banjo book of all time Masters of The 5 String.
3 a ton of quality and helpful videos from leaning to play, to playing along with, to making your own solos, backup..everything.
4. Conceptualizing and starting jam camps which gets many people out of the closet and gives understanding and hope.
5. Many top notch instructional articles over a good number of years in Banjo Newsletter
6. A free web page with a ton of good instruction and helpful and informative writings.
7. Accessibility and visibility to us here on the hangout.
8. Banjo Camps that teach.
9. HOT RIZE: what a great legacy of music. I saw them 2 years ago at the John Harford festival and it was one of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen. That means more than great music. It means variety, humor, and the whole thing just being a great experience. And the recordings they have left us are and will always be among the best of all time.

Why congratulations? Hot Rize has been going for 40 years!! To do that in such a tough industry is a monumental accomplishment. Great job Dr. Banjo.. Keep it going for another 40!

Happy Birthday: Next month the good Dr turns 72. To stay playing at this level at this age takes work and dedication. There is an athleticism in the hands in banjo playing and staying this quick this long does not come naturally. But 72 and still playing and still helping us all that did not have a good start or were not that talented. ..well that deserves a Big HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MANY MORE!

Sorry if I am on a soap box here but people like Pete, Jack Hatfield, And Janet Davis.... many of us would have no banjo life if it were not for the dedication and work that they have done with their lives. Sonny could play with Bill Monroe at 14 but the rest of us are not like that. We love,,LOVE..banjo but with out talent levels, lack of early exposure, and work lives that we lead, we would not have access to having it in our hands and enjoying it. SO- Thank you Pete for what you have done and are doing for us. Congratulations on a great career. And Happy Birthday. Enjoy blowing out the candles but don't the the banjo stay out of your hands for too long. We are still depending on you!

Shucking the Corn repeat pattern

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:08:00 CST

Something I wonder about a lot- what repeating pattern do folks use when playing Shucking the Corn? Personally I use AABB (I assume everyone knows what I mean there). I know on the Foggy Mountain Jamboree album it isn't that way, seems like it is AAB as I recall but I haven't listened to it in a long time.  I know the answer is that it doesn't really matter as long as your band is playing it the same way as you but I am just curious because I watched a video of a jam and they were playing it AAB.

Some videos have folks playing it AABB and some AAB. What is the consensus? A few examples-

? as to what Jason Davis is doing here.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:49:46 CST

@ about the 1:47 mark into Jason's break on this tune, when he goes up to the 7th and 9th fret (5th & 7th capoed at 2nd), is he using a forward roll, 5-2-1-5-2-1-5 or is he using 5-2-1-5-3-1-5? I've tried slowing it down but I can't tell for sure.


Mainline Runner - Listen or Purchase - Doug Knecht

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:54:23 CST

Last month I signed myself up on CD Baby to push my single, "Mainline Runner."  It's got me on banjo, Andy Hatfield on guitar and acoustic bass, Ron Stewart on fiddle, and Mark Stoffel on mandolin. CD Baby Publishing Pro helps put the song on all kinds of places, like YouTube, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and Apple Music, just to name a few.  I wanted to share a few links here on Banjo Hangout if you'd like to listen or buy the MP3.  



To purchase from CD Baby:





Bluegrass rhythm guitar styles

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:04:22 CST

I always appreciate BHO members thoughts and reviews of products that I might be interested in. I have purchased a number of products after reading about them in a post. Many of us banjo players also play rhythm guitar. Often we may have to help train a guitar player on how to play bluegrass rhythm guitar. I ran across a product I just ordered that I think is exceptional. Bluegrass Rhythm Evolution by Stephen Mogin. He breaks down the rhythm styles of Carter Stanley, Lester Flatt ( tho Stephen uses a flat pick in stead of a thumb pick and finger pick), Jimmy Martin, Charlie Waller, Tony Rice, Dan Timinski, Kenny Smith/ Ron Block, and Tim Stafford. He demonstrates a fast version, then slows it down to learn. I ordered the cd with down load. That way I could start immediately and have the cd as a back up. I have been playing bluegrass rhythm guitar for about 50 years. I have always known that I needed to know more about it. I have purchased several wonderful courses on bluegrass rhytm guitar but this, in my opinion, is the best yet. There is no fluff or filler. By the way, I am not associated in any way to this product and receive nothing from them. Just wanted to pass along the info.

Vote to save / restore a rare Stanley Brother's acetate

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:43:14 CST

Picked up on this from a piece on the Cybergrass website... The Virginia Association of Museums are asking people to help pick two items from Virginia's "Top 10 Endangered Artifacts" which will have a public voted grant used to help restore them...

One of the artifacts is a smashed WCYB Stanley Brothers acetate of a rare radio performance from the late '40s.

Voting ends on 24th Jan with the results announced on the 6th Feb... and there's some stiff competition.


Banjo as Carry On for International Flight

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:09:03 CST

Can anyone give me advice on flying internationally with my banjo? (USA to France) I'd like to be able to carry it on the plane with me but am not sure if I'll be allowed to or not. Does anyone have experiences and suggestions they can share?

Also, I've got a good hard case that locks but have heard you can get locked cases with TSA latches. Wondering whether that would be worth the expense if I can find such a thing.


Hohner HB- 250 banjo date?

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:55:14 CST


This is my first post here: I purchased a new old stock Hohner HB-250 Pro archtop banjo a few months ago and was wondering if it could be dated? The serial number is GM04I01601.

Luke L.

Folks must not like paying Hangout fees

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 02:13:55 CST

Yesterday I send two emails, two different banjos, asking if the banjo listed was still for sale, got no replies. I then sent another to each asking their best price... still no reply. I then go to their home page, they are still active.. makes one wonder.

Geoff Hohwald's Banjo Warehouse

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:40:38 CST

Good Morning Banjohangout Members. Since I recently moved to Auburn Alabama, and was in fairly close proximity to Geoff Hohwald's Banjo Warehouse, I decided to make the drive and visit Geoff. What a fantastic experience. Geoff was very hospitable and said, "take a look around and play anything you want!" I felt like I was in banjo heaven. Stellings, Prewar Gibsons and Re-Issue Gibsons, (Granadas, RB3's, RB4's, RB75's), Deerings, Hubers, rows and rows of banjos. It wasn't planned, but I ended up buying a 1929 TB4 with a Frank Neat neck and HR30 tone ring. Dadgum! It was just one of those banjos that once I played it, it was over! Nothing seemed to compare to the tone and the playability.
Geoff was super knowledgable and really filled me in. He made me very comfortable with my purchase. And check this out, he tells you upfront how much he would give you if you wanted to trade back for something else! (Obviously traded back in in good condition)
As far as I know, where else can you pick from such a wide range of banjos, put your hands on them, and physically check them out? There were some models that I had been interested in and, after being able to play one, was glad that I didn't buy one. If you'v had any experience buying banjos and been disappointed after a purchase, I think you know what I mean. Now, I know banjos can be adjusted and tweaked, but it sure is nice to play it and say, "that's the one".
Man, I just can't see how you can go wrong. And he will negotiate. Geoff is really interested in getting the best banjo for you, not just in it to sell you a banjo. In my opinion, well worth the time and trip. Once I can dig up some more change from under the couch cushions, I'm heading back to Geoff Hohwald's Banjo Warehouse!!

***One thing I forgot to add. I had backed out of two potential purchases here on the hangout only because I could only purchase by doing a trade. So to Kurt and Kevin, I just couldn't purchase out right. I hope you understand. Financially I could trade and add cash, but not an outright purchase.

Best banjo for two-fingered style?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:36:03 CST

For bluegrass there tends to be a particular sound that everybody is looking, although there are slight variations in preference.

However there is a less defined preference for other styles. I've heard many discussion regarding different claw hammer banjos but I'm wondering what folks seem to prefer specifically for two-fingered style?

Is there a banjo or a type of banjo (wood, tone ring, head, etc.) that works best for you for this style?

How to prevent scratching the resonator

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:13:55 CST

My prized Deering Sierra is showing signs of wear. Especially the back of the resonator where it rubs on my belt buckle. I know. I was stupid not protecting it somehow. But that’s my question. How? Put something on the resonator? Wear my buckle on the side of my pants? That’d be a pain. Tuck a towel in my pants and drape it in front of me? That’d look geeky. Any suggestions?

How to determine age of Gibson Banjo

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:26:59 CST

I was wondering if someone could please help me determine the year my Banjo was made and/or explain what the serial number means?

I have a Gibson RB-75 JD Crowe model. Serial number on the rim is 75 0401 01

Also, do these banjos have mahogany necks or could it be a straight grain maple neck with a dark stain?

Thanks for the help!

2018 Winter Bluegrass Jubilee just 9 days away

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:16:31 CST


Dupuytren’s Contracture on hand

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:30:10 CST

Has anyone had this hand problem and procedure....and has it affected your playing of the banjo?

Stelling Owners

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:05:29 CST

This message is to gauge interest only.

I think most of us here on the hangout are aware of the banjothon...the event held each year for owners of pre-war Gibson banjos to get together to talk about and display their banjos and do some jamming.  While not a fan of Gibson banjos, I do like the concept of this event.  It appears the attendees have a great time and look forward to the next years event.

While at the Stelling shop today, I talked to Geoff Stelling about the banjothon and mentioned that he should consider doing a similar event for owners of Stelling banjos, mandolins, and guitars. He was very interested and receptive to the idea.

We talked about a date and a place to hold the event. Our discussion concluded that this would likely be a one time only event unless interest and turnout warranted another.  The event would definitely be in Virginia with Geoff's preferred choice being the town of Waynesboro, but that is not concrete.

I am in no way saying this event will happen, but Geoff Stelling is definitely interested. As a long-time Stelling banjo owner/player, I am very interested and would be helping him get the ball rolling if he should decide to go forward with such an event. Geoff gave me the go ahead to put out the word to gauge interest.

With that said, who is interested in attending if such an event were to happen?  Suggestions are appreciated and welcomed.


The Recording King Vintage Sunburst Maple Elites are here!

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:03:54 CST

You have waited long enough! I finally got the thumbs up to release these photos to y’all. Here’s the photos of the new Recording King RK-85 Elite Maple Vintage Sunburst models. MAP pricing is $1,600. In my opinion there’s not a banjo company on the market that can beat this level of quality with such low pricing. 

New Banjo Camp: Banjo Summit, May 11-13, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:54:59 CST

I am proud to announce the Banjo Summit, a new progressive-oriented banjo camp May 11-13, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Faculty includes Jayme Stone, Wesley Calder Corbett, Catherine Bowness, Ben Krakauer, myself (Jake Schepps), and resident guitarist the great Ross Martin. Their backgrounds encompass a wide breadth of musical experience and aptitude, including composing, arranging, jazz harmony, world music, experimental, improvisation, several folk styles, and traditional bluegrass (of course). The camp aims to serve intermediate, advanced, and professional musicians alike.

Click the link to learn more and enroll.

There is a bit more info in this article:

NEW BAND: The Highland Travelers

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:52:22 CST

What do you get when you take three Boxcars and put them together with a dose of Ramblers Choice?

According to Adam Steffey, you end up with Highland Travelers, a new band announced just this week.

Following the breakup of The Boxcars last year and the impending dissolution of Ramblers Choice, the traditional bluegrass world has been plunged into a degree of mourning not seen since The Bluegrass Album Band stopped touring together. Whatever will we do without our favorite groups, and what will these talented gentlemen do now that their chief performance vehicles are no more?

Well, Adam has joined together with Keith Garrett and Gary Hultman, fellow former Boxcars, and Jason Davis and Kameron Keller from Ramblers Choice to create Highland Travelers. The band has already signed with Mountain Fever Records in Virginia, and will get to work recording there as soon as possible with Aaron Ramsey behind the console. A release by this summer is anticipated for their debut project.

Banjo picks

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:20:06 CST

I've noticed some older finger picks selling for very high prices in the classifieds ??
Can someone please explain/identify these types of picks & the reason they are so pricey as I think I've missed it in my 60 yr banjo journey & what the hey , probably I have some ?


Wow !  Thanks Jeff     Still don't see how value is determined ?


What Do You Think Your Playing/Sounding Like/When Your Teaching / Learning?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:54:54 CST

Hello Fellow Worms,"HERE WE GO AGAIN"!As i often do, i like to "lurk" on a lot of the threads i don't post on.One of the threads that i am absolutely enamored with is the "Scruggs Style Thread" or as i like to call it, my "MOOSETRACKS AND PERCODAN THEATER!The only way i can suffer through this thread is with a pint of moose tracks and a percodan!Why, you may ask?Well, its a combination of a couple of things, but mainly 'want a be teachers, combined with beginning students, that make the perfect storm of the most idiotic bad advise, to students or novice or beginner banjoist.The teacher or teachers can't pick, and the students don know enough to know that there teacher is filling them with sheep dip.These anomalies have happened and continue to happen so much, that the really good qualified teachers and posters, have pretty much left the thread,"screaming" some seeking help from mental therapist from the "ptsd" that follows from spending time on that thread!I did a little thinking about this, especially after listening at length to what i could find on some of the Teachers media page on there home page, or on YOUTUBE!I have determined that these teachers ("really are not capable of hearing what they sound like")!They use electronic backing devise's to augment there "LACK OF ROLL/ABILITY" playing only incomplete /partial rolls, wrong phrasing, wrong timing, and are selling it as "Scruggs Style"!and i guess my term "selling it" would be why they are doing it!"AND THE BEGINNERS ARE EATING THIS LIKE CANDY"What these "so called, self appointed"teachers think they are playing in there head, is not translating down to there hands, plain and simple, they don't hear it, they don't get it, never have, and probably never will!Some of these guys rolls are "smooth as a peg legged man in a potato sack race" but in there head, they believe they are playing it just like Earl, or JD, or Sonny, and there sure that what they are showing you, is how they did it.What is even better is the ones that want to show you how to "improve on what Earl did" by adding some fancy licks, before you have even learned part of earl"(and if you listening to these bozo's, you haven't a chance")You will be the "hit of your next jam" and they will all stop and drop to there knee's and phrase you as a god because of you fantastic banjo break, that earl couldn't do(and would not have)!So, I must ask? TEACHERS!What do you hear when your playing/teaching? Why don't you sound like the good Touring Banjo Pickers?/ Legends? You don't sound like any of them, are you just teaching "Theory"?Why do you use so much electric backing devise's?Can you play without your aids, and can you keep time without a metronome?Why should a student/novice take your advise?Why are you TEACHING ? "STUDENTS"Have you listened to your teacher in another venue other than teaching? examples like touring band/ youtube video jams, something that gives credibility to what there showing you!Can you hear a difference in what they are showing you, and what made you want to learn the banjo?What about your teachers playing, makes yo[...]

Banjos in my head

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 15:15:24 CST

Is it just me , many times during the day I’ll have a tune in my head , usually it’s
My little girl in Tennessee.
That break gets played over and over . Strange ? Maybe it’s how I keep sane...

Trying to contact Tom Warrior

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 03:22:09 CST

I dont think he is a member here but we were in contact. Does anyone know him or how to contact him?

Vega banjo information

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 15:05:17 CST

Looking for an exact year of my Vega tuba phone professional model serial number 67011 as I don't know what year it is any advice would be great

Banjos on boats?

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 13:03:31 CST

Considering the cruising lifestyle and wondering how a banjo holds up in a marine environment. Looking for helpful comments from those who have done it.

Ultimate Banjo Capo by Dave Elliot - Modification?

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 12:59:13 CST

Based on reviews I read on this site I decided to use some Christmas money I got and get an Ultimate Banjo capo.  When I received it, I realized that the metal bar on the side is unpadded and it seems to me it could scratch the neck.  Anybody covered it with something to keep it from doing any damage?  I thought about putting some plastic tubing and covering it, but it seems like that might be too bulky.  As it is now I probably won't use it.

Banjo price

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 21:03:10 CST

I have a Gibson master tone 5 string banjo my parents bought for me 15 years ago and I was curious if anyone could tell me what it might be worth

River Raisin Acoustic Music Festival - Monroe, MI

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 17:48:32 CST

Hello everyone, I wanted to let you all know about an upcoming acoustic music festival on February 3rd., 2018 at The River Raisin Centre for the Arts located at 114 S. Monroe St., Monroe Michigan. It will include Bluegrass, Gospel and Folk, the majority being bluegrass. The festival starts at 1:00 P.M. and goes until 10:00 P.M. Ticket prices are $10 for either the afternoon or evening session, or $15 for all day. Ticket prices for military or seniors 65+ are $8 for either session or $12 for all day. Here's the lineup: 1:00-1:45 Dale Keene and Fulton County Bluegrass 2:00-2:45 Louie Barnett and Tony Marchese (Folk/Gospel) 3:00-3:45 The Coachmen featuring Dana Cupp, Jim LaPrad and Jeff Branch 4:00-4:45 One Accord (Bluegrass Gospel) 5:00-6:00 DINNER BREAK-food and beverages (no alchohol) will be available for purchase all day, including full dinners during the break 6:00-6:45 One Accord 7:00-7:45 Collin Bartley (Folk and Gospel) 8:00-8:45 Mason Run (I play banjo for this band ) 9:00-9:45 The Jesse Manns String Band   Net proceeds from this festival benefit Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA), a Monroe County MI based homeschool group. Tickets may be purchased by calling Terry Nisley at (734) 735 - 4769 or by going to: Festival sponsors are:  MONROE DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RAM SUPERSTORE - MAJOR EVENT SPONSOR                                      SCHALL AUTOMOTIVE - MAJOR EVENT SPONSOR                                      THE MONROE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR                                      COMPANION CUSTOM BANJOS BY CHRIS SORENSON ( @CompanionBanjo ) - ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR                                      MONROE BANK & TRUST - PRINTING/ADVERTISING SPONSOR Please come down to Monroe and join us for a full day of great music, and please share the event info with all of your friends who love music! If you use social media, please help spread the word! Also, please come out to try some great banjos made by Chris Sorenson of Companion Banjos in Ann Arbor Michigan. He will have a booth set up at the festival with a few of his banjos. here's a link to his website:  Hope to see you there!   -Nathan Nisley     [...]

Midwest Banjo Camp Now Offering 4-string Banjo With Buddy Wachter

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 15:31:56 CST

Midwest Banjo Camp, now in its fourteenth year offers banjo instruction in nearly every style including, bluegrass, old-time, classical, newgrass and minstrel. This year the camp is expanding into 4-string banjo and will feature a full tack on 4-string banjo led by world renowned jazz banjoist Buddy Wachter. Buddy will offer classes on a wide variety of topics and will  thoroughly cover both tenor and plectrum tunings. His classes include:

•Basic Left- & Right-Hand Techniques & How to Practice 

•Developing Chord Playing & Single-Note Skills 

•Under-standing Scales, Chords & Chord Patterns on the Fretboard 

•Under-standing Chord-Melody & Other Solo Styles 

•String Banjo-Back-Up & Fill-Ins 

•Traditional Jazz & Swing on 4-String Banjo 

•String Banjo-How to Improvise & Develop Your Musical Ear 
Whether you are an experienced player or just starting out on 4-string, this is a rare opportunity to not only study with a master musician, but also to surround yourself with banjo players of all styles. Most camps that offer jazz tenor instruction focus only on traditional jazz and do not have other banjo styles and musical genres represented. There will be lots of jamming in all styles as well, both guided by the instructors plus plenty of impromptu sessions. For those of us who come from bluegrass and old-time roots, this camp is an amazing opportunity to work on your tenor chops and still have lots of great bluegrass and old-time music on hand.
This will be my fourth year on staff at MBC, and I can assure you that it is a great camp and Ken Perlman always puts together a group of top-notch instructors. The dates are June 7-10, 2018 and it is held on the campus of Olivet College in Olivet Michigan. You can check out the website for more info or to register.

New Nechville Web Site

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 12:39:10 CST

At Nechville, we are pleaed to unveil our all new, mobile friendly web site. Come take a peek!

2005 Gibson Granada

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:49:48 CST

I just got in a 2005 Gibson Granada that has a serial number I've not seen before.

05 16 HF

Can anyone verify if this is a legitimate Gibson serial number. I have not seen this type of number before but I starred in a lot of weird things in 2005. Everything about the Banjo looks correct.

some Sirius/XM radio airplay

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 20:47:58 CST

I'm pretty excited, because one of my songs got played on Handpicked by Del Bluegrass Junction. Jon Weisberger emailed me and asked for a wav file he could use and said there's a chance he'll play it.

Now I'm looking to release it as a single on CD Baby, but it takes some doing to understand all that stuff when you don't have a record label helping out.  I think I've got the artwork ready, and it's copyrighted and registered with my PRO.  I submitted it to SoundExchange too recently.  We'll see what happens.




travel by air with heavy epiphone

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 08:20:09 CST

I am thinking of attending a Music event at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and I live in NJ.
Problem is, I'm not sure it's a good idea to try to fly w my wonderful epiphone. Any suggestions? Looking at Google Maps, I don't think it's near a city or town where there is a good Banjo store where I could rent a banjo. Has anyone flown w a heavy banjo lately and found a good way to do it?

Kulish Tone Ring # 202 when made?

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 18:57:26 CST

Does anyone know when Kulish ring 202 was made?