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Banjos Direct to Sponsor Sore Fingers Bluegrass Music Summer School

Banjos DirectOnline banjo shop Banjos Direct has announced its sponsorship of the world-famous Sore Fingers Summer Schools, which provide world class tuition for all bluegrass instruments as well as old-time fiddle and banjo, autoharp and singing.

Recording King Introduces USA Banjo Custom Shop at NAMM

Recording King Elite BanjoHayward, CA -- Recording King is proud to unveil our USA Custom Shop, producing exquisitely crafted, one-of-a-kind collector's banjos handmade in the USA and available exclusively through The Music Link. Designed & conceived, then hand-engraved, by former Gibson Banjo Custom Shop head Greg Rich, Recording King USA Custom Shop banjos continue the tradition using craftsmen from that era and representing the finest banjo American construction has to offer.

Deering Banjos Wants You to Help Celebrate Their Sweet 16 Anniversary

Deering BanjoThe Deering Banjo Company is celebrating the 16th Anniversary of the Goodtime banjo which made its debut to the world in 1996. To kick off the campaign in July, we are offering our loyal customers and fans the opportunity to create the logo design for the Goodtime "Sweet 16" celebrations.

Deering Announces the Goodtime Rare Bird Alert Banjo Package

Deering Rare Bird Alert Goodtime BanjoDeering Banjo Company introduces the latest in Steve Martin inspired Goodtime banjos. The new Rare Bird Alert Goodtime banjos are now available and include a full accessory package. Included in the accessory package is a Deering gig bag with the Deering logo, a strap, an electronic tuner, a full set of picks, and the combo pack of Steve Martin’s Rare Bird bluegrass music CD plus the banjo tablature book. All of this retails for only $649.

New Album, In Good Company, by Banjo Artist Bill Evans Due May 15th

In Good CompanyBluegrass and NewGrass Banjo artist Bill Evans has announced that his new CD In Good Company is now available to radio broadcasters and reviewers. This new project includes 26 guest musicians, including bluegrass and acoustic artists The Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O'Brien, Joy Kills Sorrow, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, David Grier, Missy Raines, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Laurie Lewis, Tashina & Tristan Clarridge, Todd Phillips, Ned Luberecki, Matt Flinner, Dominic Leslie, Corey Evans and Cindy Browne Rosefield. Street date is currently planned for mid May.

'Welcome To The New Era of The Banjo' Campaign Risks Offending Banjo Traditionalists

New Era of the BanjoNorwich, Norfolk, UK -- UK-based specialist banjo retailer Banjos Direct has announced the launch of a new campaign on the theme 'Welcome To The New Era of The Banjo' which is designed to respond directly to the resurgence of interest in the traditional folk instrument but which may rattle banjo traditionalists.

John McEuen on Earl Scruggs

John McEuenJohn McEuen is an acoustic artist that plays the banjo, among other instruments. His life changed because of the late Earl Scruggs and the instrument known as the 5-String Banjo. John wrote the following as a tribute to the man who had such an impact on John as well as the music he plays.

Steve Martin to Perform at 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Steve MartinBurlington, MA -- Multi-talented Grammy® and Emmy winning actor/comedian/musician and bestselling author Steve Martin will perform on the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Martin will showcase the banjo on a unique collaboration with ACM "Vocal Group of the Year" nominees Rascal Flatts during a performance of their new single "Banjo." The Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET / delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

The Plain 5-Step Guide to Choosing Your First Banjo

Banjos DirectNorwich, Norfolk, UK -- Banjos Direct receives numerous enquiries from people wanting to play the banjo for the first time who are, understandably, somewhat bewildered about where to start. The British retailer says, "this guide isn't about the finer points of difference between different qualities of banjo: but is really about the basics of how to choose a banjo that suits you." It turns out to be a pretty good guide worth of sharing with our readers.

Resurgence in Banjo Interest Driving Increased Sales

Gold Tone White Lady banjoRenaissance in banjo playing amongst young and old is driving best-ever sales, says UK's leading banjo retailer. Britain's banjo retailer Banjos Direct is reporting record sales, driven by a resurgence of interest in the instrument amongst players at both ends of the age spectrum. Manufacturers in the USA and UK are expanding their ranges and increasing production to meet the demand for the instrument.

Bela Fleck's World Premiere of 'Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra' Sept 22 - 24

Bela FleckNashville, TN -- Béla Fleck will present the world premiere of his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra — one of the first ever written for the instrument — with the Nashville Symphony on September 22-24 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To be performed by Fleck on his vintage 1937 mahogany Gibson Mastertone banjo, the Concerto marks a significant new departure for Fleck, who calls the piece "a liberating experience for my efforts as a composer and hopefully for the banjo as well." Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra will be the centerpiece of the orchestra’s opening concerts in the 2011/12 SunTrust Classical Series.

Banjo Piranha - Collect as Many Banjos as You Can

Banjo PiranhaLondon - Sauce Digital announces Banjo Piranha, their latest game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The game will launch in early September at a price of $0.99. Banjo Piranha is a physics arcade game that puts the player in control of Banjo, the vegetarian piranha with a fondness for, well, banjos.

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.

Johnny Butten and Recording King Renew Endorsements Again

Johnny ButtenOn June 15th, Johnny Butten became a second term endorsee for Recording King Banjos. The first term was for just 1 year where he joined fellow banjo player and Recording King endorsee Kenny Ingram. This time, Johnny and Recording King have agreed on a 3 year contract.

Blockbuster First Week For Online Bluegrass Music Academy

Artistworks BluegrassBanjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass players from around the world have been signing up in impressive numbers during a blockbuster first week for the new ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass online. Students from countries including the USA, Canada, Scotland, India, Greece, Norway, England, Germany, Italy and Spain have been flocking to the online music school where they can get One-to-One individualized instruction and personal feedback from a roster of award-winning Bluegrass Music luminaries. Within the bluegrass community the Academy has been seen as a huge step forward for the teaching of the genre online and helping to spread the music around the globe.


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