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Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music

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.

Legendary Eddie Adcock Awarded 5th Steve Martin Banjo Award

Eddie AdcockLos Angeles, CA -- Banjo player extraordinaire Eddie Adcock is the 2014 recipient of the 5th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, it was announced today in The New York Times. Adcock has been one of bluegrass music's most revolutionary performers for over fifty years. He cut his musical teeth with Bill Monroe and Mac Wiseman, and played in the groundbreaking group The Country Gentlemen, one of the most popular and progressive bluegrass bands of the late '50s and '60s.

Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass to Mark Johnson

Mark JohnsonBy: Carolina Bridges
Mark Johnson, the Father of “Clawgrass” is the 2012 winner of the Steve Martin Award for Banjo Excellence. The letter from the selection committee states he received the award for his “contribution to banjo artistry, innovation and popularization” of the 5-string banjo. The committee members are J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Bela Fleck, Steve Martin, and Anne Stringfield.

Noam and Friends Tour Starts Has Begun

Beat The Devil and Carry A RailNoam Pikelny's tour for his outstanding new release, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail began in Lexington, Kentucky yesterday. Undeniably the next big thing to happen to the 5-string banjo, and member of Grammy-nominated Punch Brothers, Noam Pikelny helped to broaden the awareness of the banjo in the mainstream -- with Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail.

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