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Tom Neal Releases New Bluegrass Experience on "Banjoland"

BanjolandMike Munford comments on the new Tom Neal album, Banjoland. "I've been waiting for this album for a very long time. The first time I heard Tommy Neal play was at a jam session in Baltimore in 1976, and I became a lifelong fan. The '70s was a decade of wide-open experimentation in bluegrass and in particular the banjo. The melodic style was In full force and outside musical infuences were clearly evident.

Look Out for the Deering Banjo Bus

Deering Banjo BusSpring Valley, CA -- Look out for the Deering Banjo Bus on the road this summer as it travels to events across the country. Get ready to talk about the #banjobus! The UK and Europe’s award winning Banjo specialist shop Eagle Music are said to be delighted with the prestigious invitation by Mumford & Sons to unlock the secrets of the banjo to their fans.

Earl Scruggs' Banjo to Become Part of "Precious Jewels" Display

Earl ScruggsNashville, TN -- Legendary musician Earl Scruggs’ Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo will become part of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s “Precious Jewels” display, museum officials announced today. This banjo, which was Scruggs’ primary instrument and has never before been exhibited, will go on display July 12.

Banjo Player Joe Dean Joins Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Joe DeanBanjo player Joe Dean has joined the ranks of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Joe was asked to be a part of the Quicksilver lineup last year and the move is now official. A talented musician, vocalist and songwriter, he will become the newest member of this legendary group.left

“Fine Times At Fletcher's House” by Fletcher Bright & Bill Evans Due Tuesday

Fine Times at Fletcher's HouseThe new CD release "Fine Times At Fletcher's House: Fiddle and Banjo Music from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee," with legendary Chattanooga, Tennessee fiddler Fletcher Bright and banjo artist, historian and educator Bill Evans. Fletcher and Bill recorded sixteen just fiddle and banjo tracks in December 2012, featuring both well-known and obscure numbers from bluegrass and old-time fiddling traditions.

Bob Minner Demos Authentic Old-Time Sound of a Modern British Banjo

Bob MinnerNorwich, UK -- Bob Minner, the top country banjoist and guitar picker, has released the first demo video of himself playing the Islander Ash Leaf British-made banjo from The Great British Banjo Company. The short video of Bob, playing the traditional old-time tune Angeline The Baker, can be found on the Banjos Direct site. Banjos Direct are the sole UK outlet for the Islander Ash Leaf.

Young Banjoist Daniel Patrick Joins The Roys

Daniel Patrick18-year old Daniel Patrick will join the award-winning The Roys on stage for the first time in Auburn, AL at the University Station Bluegrass Festival (May 30-31). Starting out his music career at age three, Daniel Patrick has been around the music all his life. Blessed with a wonderful family he has played professionally as “The Daniel Patrick and Family” Bluegrass and Gospel band for 11 years. Now at the age of 18, Daniel is looking to take a bigger step in his career.

‘Classic Banjo’ Explores The Versatility And Vitality Of An American Musical Staple

Classic BanjoThe history of the banjo stretches across a complex, international terrain, from West Africa and the Caribbean, to North America and around the world. On August 6, Smithsonian Folkways will release ‘Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways,’ a 30-track compilation that captures the great versatility of the banjo and how it helped shape American musical identity, including the instrument’s vital role in the 1960s folk revival.

MerleFest 2013 Announces Winners of Instrument Contests

Michael Ballard and Steven MooreWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest 2013, presented by Lowe’s, held the Doc Watson Guitar Championship and the Merle Watson Bluegrass Banjo Contest on Friday, April 26. This year's award winning artists were Michael Ballard on guitar and Steven Moore on banjo. Each received an array of prizes. Place winners were also recognized for second and third positions. The Instrument Contests are always an exciting part of the MerleFest experience.

The Darrell Webb Band Hires New Banjo Player

David CarrollDarrell Webb hired David Carroll as the new banjo player for the Darrell Webb Band. Born and raised in Bath County,VA David now lives in Bedford, VA with his wife and daughter. David played banjo for the Deer Creek Boys a local band from Amherst County, VA. David has appeared on stage with a number of national artists "I am really excited and looking forward to being a part of such an awesome band" Said Carroll.

Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America

Joel Sweeney and the BanjoAppomattox is the birthplace of Joel Sweeney and the rest of his banjo playing kith and kin. The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, along with a newly created friends group, without which this could not happen, and Mark Weems of the North Carolina School of Traditional Music, are planning a celebration of Sweeney, the Africans he learned from and the banjo. The Joel Sweeney and the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox to America Festival is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday May 10-11th 2013.

Deering Banjo Company Releases Zombie Killer Goodtime Banjo

Zombie Killer Goodtime BanjoSpring Valley, CA -- Inspired by the movie “Zombieland” featuring Woody Harrelson whose character at one point uses a banjo to fight off Zombies, Greg Deering created the latest 5-string Goodtime banjo - the Zombie Killer Goodtime banjo. Launched at the 2013 Anaheim NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) Trade Show, the Zombie Killer banjo was a hit with general attendees and dealers alike.

Country Cooperative Initiative Recognizes Deering Banjos

Deering BanjosCountry Cooperative Initiative is recognizing Deering Banjos in their Americana Music category this week. They comment saying, "In all walks of life you'll find people content to rest on past accomplishments, fame or glory. Two years ago or twenty, they remind you incessantly of what they did. Ask them what they've done lately, though, and you find yourself facing a blank stare. Then there are those who are never satisfied; who are continually perfecting and innovating, experimenting with new ideas and trying to improve on the old. So it is with the folks at Deering Banjo Company in Lemon Grove, Cal."

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell Collaborate on “Love Has Come For You”

Steve Martin & Edie BrickellRounder Records will release Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s inaugural duo effort Love Has Come For You on April 23. The remarkable new collaboration offers 13 eloquently rootsy compositions that combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo work with Brickell’s distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. Love Has Come For You is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists.

Award-Winner Kristen Scott Benson Reaches Banjo Students Via Internet

Kristen Scott BensonNashville, TN -- The power of technology has removed physical distance as a roadblock for fans who wish to learn from their musical heroes. Bluegrass music banjo master Kristin Scott Benson is among the well-known artists who offer music lessons to students worldwide via the online service, Skype.

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