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Epiphone Announces March Bluegrass Giveaway

Epiphone March Bluegrass GiveawayNashville, TN -- Epiphone, home to the world’s best professional affordable instruments, continues its 2014 monthly giveaways with an unprecedented opportunity for fans to take home everything they need to start an entire Bluegrass Band – just in time for spring!

The Rise in Popularity of the Banjo

Shackleton BanjoThere was a time when the banjo was reserved for country and bluegrass musicians but the popularity of the instrument is growing, with more and more people picking up a banjo for its beautiful sound, accessibility and versatility. The Great British Banjo Company are happy to be at the forefront of the banjo resurgence in the UK.

Deering Celebrates 100,000 Banjos Made

Deering Presents 100,000th BanjoBy: David Bandrowski
Deering recently celebrated the building of our 100,000th banjo at the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. The banjo was a Deering Sierra 5-string banjo and was souped-up a bit with chrome plating, highly figured curly maple, engraved hardware, and an engraved armrest that says”100,000.” The banjo was presented to Stan Werbin, owner of Elderly Instruments of Lansing MI, an authorized Deering dealer for over 38 years who came on board at one of the early NAMM shows held in Chicago, IL. The banjo was accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Janet and Greg Deering indicating it is the 100,000th banjo in the company’s 39 year history.

Banjoist Jayme Stone Honors Alan Lomax in NYC Saturday

Jayme StoneStone’s visionary style is inspired by sounds from around the world, from Persia to Norway to the hills of Appalachia. His strengths in the bluegrass genre are apparent from what Inner Magazine says about his work, “This is serious, premeditated no-nonsense banjo playing.” Stone pays homage to famed folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax at SubCulture in New York on Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00pm.

Recording King Introduces The Dirty 30's Tenor Banjo

RKT-05 BanjoHayward, CA -- Recording King introduces the Dirty 30's Tenor Banjo, bringing 100 years of history into the present with the rugged, road-ready vibe of the Dirty 30's line. The tenor banjo first came to prominence in the early 1900's, and its C-G-D-A tuning is especially well suited for folk, Celtic and Dixieland music.

Darrell Webb Band Welcomes Brandon Green on Banjo

Brandon Green2012 MerleFest Instrumental Champion Brandon Green (Banjo) from Johnson City, Tennessee, who is a lecturer on the faculty of the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at ETSU will be joining the Darrell Webb Band.

Recording King Introduces Starlight Banjos for 2014

Recording King Starlight BanjoHayward, CA -- The popularity of the banjo reached an all-time high in 2013, a trend that shows no signs of slowing through 2014. As much as banjos have become a part of popular culture, many banjos look similar; with guitars it's always been easy to choose a model to reflect your personal style, but banjo players have never been offered the same opportunity for individuality...until now.

NC Governor to Dedicate Earl Scruggs Center at January 11 Opening

Earl ScruggsShelby, NC - After a half decade of planning and research, the Earl Scruggs Center—an interactive museum showcasing the life and music of bluegrass legend and Shelby-native, Earl Scruggs—will host the public for a full weekend of grand opening festivities. Located in the 1904 Shelby Courthouse on Court Square in downtown Shelby, NC, the center is home to a variety of exhibits that highlight the music, instruments and region that shaped Scruggs’ distinctive style.

Scott Hopkins Solo CD Features Bluegrass Banjo

Scott HopkinsScott Hopkins completed his first self-titled solo music project on June 8, 2013. The CD features ten original tunes and one cover. Guest artists include Andy Hall, Casey Driessen, Tyler Grant, Bryn Davies, Mike Compton, Luke Bulla, Junior Barber, Jesse Cobb, Dave Bevins, Billy Contreras, Beau Stapleton, Andy Greene, Mat Kane, Sten Isachsen and many others!

Tony Trischka To Release "Great Big World" February 4

Tony Trischka Great Big WorldTony Trischka, widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, will release his 17th solo album, Great Big World, on February 4, 2014 (Rounder). Trischka's instrumental expertise and boundless imagination are as sharp as ever on Great Big World. One of the most ambitious and accomplished of the artist's career, the 13-track set is a deeply compelling showcase for his expansive instrumental talents, far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills, as well as his sterling taste in collaborators.

Dirk Powell to Release “Walking Through Clay” Feb 4

Walking Through ClayNashville, TN -- Considered one of the finest Americana musicians performing today, with a musical voice grown directly from roots in Appalachian and Louisiana soil, Dirk Powell is set to release his fourth solo album and Sugar Hill Records debut, Walking Through Clay, on February 4, 2014. The album finds Powell, whom Steve Earle calls “the greatest old-time banjo player alive,” uniting the hard-hitting drums of guests like Levon Helm with homegrown electric guitars, fiddles, amplified fretless banjos and Creole accordions. Barriers between styles are cooked off and what remains is a fearlessly emotional portrait of rural American music presented as only Powell could.

Bluegrass Banjo Artist Butch Robins Releases 2 Holiday Singles

Butch RobinsBanjo master, Butch Robins, (formerly of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Newgrass Revival, Leon Russell Band, Charlie Moore and more....) has just released two new singles for the holiday season. The first, "Holiday Toast" is an original composition written and played by Butch on banjo and treats listeners to a rare solo vocal performance by him as well! The second is Butch's arrangement of the classic Leroy Anderson tune, "Sleigh Ride", featuring the wonderful singing of Nashville's Kathy Chiavola!

MerleFest 2014 to Roll Out First Ever “BanjoRama”

MerleFest BanjoRamaWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, has announced the addition of “BanjoRama” – a one-time-only assembly of music’s top banjo players in performance together. The event, created specifically for MerleFest 2014, will be part of Friday’s Watson Stage schedule. MerleFest, a four-day event that is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Another Band Change -- John Meyer Departing Clay Hess Band

John MeyerBanjo player announced, "I thought I'd write a little note about the circumstances of my leaving The Clay Hess Band, since a good deal of my friends have been asking, and for some reason, people always seem to assume the worst." The change isn't due to anything wrong -- quite the contrary. The band has announced on Facebook that Zach Gilmer has joined the Clay Hess Band on banjo.

Scholarships Available to Pete Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick announces the availability of two scholarships to his 2014 Advanced Banjo Camp, January 20-25 in Boulder, Colorado. The camp is geared to players in performing bands and focuses on tone, timing, “believability”, creativity, band dynamics, and performance. The scholarships are intended for pickers who would need financial help to attend the camp.

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