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John McEuen Pays Tribute to Iwo Jima and Himself

Echoes From The Past: Iwo JimaJohn McEuen writes, "While on the island of Vieques (Puerto Rico) I found the biggest echo I have ever heard - in one of the old ordnance bunkers there, where the Navy used the island for target practice and bomb testing in days gone by. On this 70th year of both the flag raising at Iwo Jima and my own raising, I took the video Marilyn shot of me and put it together with this footage for an homage to our veterans from that era."

Ben Eldridge Retires From The Seldom Scene, Rickie Simpkins Joins The Band

Ben EldridgeThe Seldom Scene announces that founding member Ben Eldridge has retired after nearly 45 years with the Grammy-nominated band. Eldridge is the last original member of the popular bluegrass quintet, but the band will continue to perform, with Rickie Simpkins on banjo and fiddle.

Breaking Grass adds Jody Elmore to the Band

Jody ElmoreBreaking Grass is excited to announce the addition of Jody Elmore to the band effective immediately. Jody is a multi-instrumentalist and talented lead and harmony vocalist who will be replacing Thelton Vanderford on banjo.

From Africa to Appalachia and the 5-String Banjo

Cheick Hamala Diabate, Left and Sammy Shelor, Right. Photo Virginia Foundation for the HumanitiesRoanoke, VA -- Jefferson Center in partnership with the Virginia Folklife Program is proud to present “From Africa to Appalachia” on Thursday, January 14, 2016. The development of the 5-string banjo, among the very first truly American-born instruments, provides a revelatory lens on the development of American popular music and culture, and the immense contributions of African cultural traditions. The instrument we now know as the banjo was derived from lutes brought by enslaved Africans to the New World, most notably the West African n’goni and kora. The European violin (fiddle) and the African-derived banjo likely comprised “the first duet” in the New World, providing the cornerstone of American musical forms for centuries to come. Sammy shelor joins Cheick Hamala Diabate for this outstanding event.

Smithsonian Folkways Presents "Conversations with North American Banjo Builders"

Conversations with North American Banjo BuildersIn May of 2011, Craig Evans packed up his video equipment and headed out across the United States to capture the thoughts and methods of the modern-day individuals who build one of America's most iconic instruments: the banjo.

New Single from Jacob Underwood

Jacob UnderwoodElizabeth, IL - Plum River Records is proud to announce a new single release, "B-5" from an upcoming banjo album by Jacob Underwood. The tune was written by Jacob (Banjo & Guitar), and also features Sierra Hull (Mandolin), Ron Stewart (Fiddle), and Matt Wallace (Upright Bass). The entire album is set for release before the end of the year. Other guests on the project include Steve Thomas, Greg Underwood, Mike Scott, Tim Crouch, and Justin Moses.

Jason Burleson to Unveil Signature Banjo at IBMA WOB

Jason Burleson and Pruscha BanjoNewland, NC -- Jason Burleson, heralded banjo player of award-winning band Blue Highway, is honored to announce the introduction of the Jason Burleson Signature Banjo by Prucha Bluegrass Instruments. The Jason Burleson Signature Banjo is part of the Spirit Line of the Czech Republic-based Pruscha Bluegrass Instruments, joining Alison Brown and Brandon Green as bluegrass artists with banjos in the exquisitely crafted signature Spirit Line.

Danny Barnes Awarded 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass

Danny BarnesDanny Barnes will be the 2015 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. A creative and boundless artist who performs 3-Finger and claw hammer style banjo in all styles of music from rock to bluegrass, Barnes expands the territory of the instrument. Barnes has covered jazz to punk rock and alt-country to various extensions of bluegrass.

GHS Launch Americana Banjo Strings

GHS Americana Banjo StringsBattle Creek, MI -- New for 2015, GHS has launched the Americana Series Banjo strings, perfect for all styles of American root music; country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, and blues.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee Welcomes John Thomas Fowler

John Thomas FowlerGreenville, SC -- Cultural enrichment is a priority for many Baby Boomers looking at South Carolina golf communities. It adds to the overall quality of life and gives folks the option of being entertained right “in their own backyards”. Real Estate Scorecard recognizes The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Western South Carolina in the Upstate for setting the standard for cultural events by offering one of the most impressive calendars of events for its residents with its “artist in residence” programs. Designed as a way to enhance lifelong learning and provide club members on-site lectures, art exhibits and musical performances, the “artist in residence” program took off at this award winning Lake Keowee real estate development.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Announce Companion EP to Debut Album

Banjo BanjoBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (“two monsters of the banjo” – NPR All Things Considered) are excited to announce Banjo Banjo (August 21 / Rounder), the companion EP to their debut duo album, hailed by The New Yorker as “a stunning collection of eloquent duets” and profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.

Jeremiah Craig Releases Free Download of Original Banjo Folk Songs

Lost Keys in Lounge StrangeSeattle, WA -- Everyone has gone through that terrifying moment of misplacing keys. The frustration of forgetting where you left them combined with panic from the possibility that they will not be found can be overwhelming. What’s even worse is dealing with something else which may be blocking your search for them in the first place, like an unwelcome visitor perhaps. Jeremiah Craig’s newly released second volume of his free download "Home Tapes" series covers this exact quandary and does so in an entertaining unique way.

Banjo Greats Gather at Grey Fox for Keith-Style Banjo Summit July 17

Bill Keith with Jonny CodySurely a highlight of this year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival will be a very special Keith-Style Banjo Summit hosted by Béla Fleck and Tony Trischka. Joining them to honor the music and enormous influence of Bill Keith will be a “Who’s Who of Banjo” including Noam Pikelny, Mike Munford, Eric Weissberg, Marc Horowitz, Mike Kropp, and Ryan Cavanaugh, along with Bill Keith himself. The 90-minute Keith-style banjo gathering will be on Friday, July 17 beginning at 7:00pm at the Creekside Stage.

Banjoist extraordinaire Bill Keith (beaconbanjo.com) is one of just a handful of musicians to have a whole style named after him.

Banjo Backstory: Bob Thornburg to Talk Banjo History July 11

Banjos - From Africa to the New WorldGalax, VA -- California-based instrument maker Bob Thornburg will give a FREE lecture and presentation about the construction of replica banjos and the intriguing history of the instrument on Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The talk coincides with Thornburg’s exhibit, Banjos: From Africa to the New World, which features two dozen reproduction/replica banjos representing the instrument’s roots in Africa, the New World and its evolution in the pre-Civil War, Minstrel, and pre-factory eras. The exhibit closes Monday, July 13, so this is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about Thornburg’s work and a beloved instrument in Appalachian music.

Recording King & Gruhn Guitars Present an Evening With Banjo Designer Greg Rich

Meet & Greet with Greg RichNashville, TN -- Recording King and Gruhn Guitars are teaming up for a special acoustic event featuring Recording King banjo designer Greg Rich on July 8, Summer NAMM's Eve. Upstairs at the legendary Gruhn Guitars, players can meet renowned banjo designer Greg Rich and check out the latest from Recording King's Banjo Custom Shop as well as the entire line of Recording King USA Banjos. Mr. Rich will answer any and all banjo-related questions and attendees can win a Recording King Elite “Hearts & Flowers” banjo (retail: $2133)!

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