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Banjo Newsletter's Ross Nickerson, Kermit the Frog: The Interview

Banjo Newsletter April 2012Chilmark, MA, April 2, 2012—The April 2012 issue of the Banjo Newsletter focuses on Ross Nickerson, founder of, a popular instructional site. Making a living with the banjo has always been a challenge, and the current economy certainly hasn't made it any easier. But undeterred by the times and facing great odds, Ross Nickerson has succeeded at doing exactly that very thing.

Banjo Newsletter Offers 'Learning To Play Banjo in the New Millennium'

Banjo NewsletterAnnapolis, MD, Oct. 31, 2011--The secrets of bluegrass banjo are no longer hidden behind a shroud of secrecy as they were in the past, but in many ways the pendulum has swung the other way. Today's banjo players are faced with a dizzying array of instructional options -- the problem is no longer where to find information,but with the mountain of choices available... where does one begin? Making these decisions can be an overwhelming process.

Marc Pruett in Banjo Newsletter

BNL CoverAnnapolis, MD -- Marc Pruett is featured in the October issue of the Banjo Newsletter. Marc plays banjo with Balsam Range, the critically-acclaimed band from Western North Carolina which is nominated for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Emerging Artist at this year's IBMA. (As Marc wrote on the band's website, "I can understand 'song' and 'album'…but Shootfirebuddy, I feel like I've been emerging now since 1962!!!") Balsam Range just won the IBMA International Bluegrass Music Award for Song of the Year for "Trains I Missed."

Banjo Player Ryan Cavanaugh Wants to Fuse Bluegrass and Jazz

Banjo Newsletter Aug 2011Chilmark, MA -- Ranked by many as one the most technically proficient banjo players in the world, Ryan Cavanaugh plays jazz flavored by bluegrass, and bluegrass tinged with jazz. Cavanaugh entered the jazz world in 2006 with the help of jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin, who introduced him to acclaimed jazz saxophonist (and Miles Davis alumni) Bill Evans. Cavanaugh spent the next five years touring with Evans's jazz group around the world. Prior to that, Cavanaugh was a bluegrass banjo champion at the Merlefest, Rockygrass, and Renofest banjo contests. Ryan is interviewed in the August issue of the Banjo Newsletter by banjo player, teacher, and on-air personality Ned Luberecki.

Comedian and Banjo Player Steve Martin Turns Music Journalist

Steve MartinSteve Martin, who has garnered worldwide acclaim as a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and musician, recently added music journalist to his resume. Martin interviews banjo player and composer Tony Ellis in the July issue of The Banjo Newsletter. In a wide-ranging conversation, Martin queries the Ohio-based banjo player about his influences, and how his style has evolved from the early 1960s, when he spent two years with the legendary Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys. Martin also talks with Ellis about how his music has inspired Martin's own banjo playing, particularly Martin's composition "The Crow", featured on his 2009 Grammy-winning album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.

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