Category Archives: banjo

Béla Fleck – 2 Albums

Well it’s past time that this blog paid a bit of tribute to the banjo’s greatest contemporary icon. In the taxonomy of the Grapevine, there are several divisions. Roots are the foundation of our music. Fruits are the perfection of … Continue reading

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Minstrel Banjo Style

Ok, so this is sort of the companion album to Rural Parlor Guitar. It’s an album of music from the 19th century, which has laid the foundation for everything that we hear today. Like that one, it is an indescribable … Continue reading

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Tony Trischka

“…the godfather of what’s sometimes called new acoustic music.” – New York Times “…most influential banjo player of the latter part of the 20th century, certainly in terms of his profound influence on succeeding generations of modern players.” – Banjo … Continue reading

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Pete Wernick – Dr. Banjo Steps Out

The Man With the Underwater Banjo. That’s Doctor, to you. Our next look at the members of Country Cooking yields this one-of-a-kind gem: This is a wonderfully expansive bluegrass album. While Pete’s banjo-picking sticks to basically Scruggs-style bluegrass techniques, he … Continue reading

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Country Cooking

Ingredients: 1 fiddle. 1 Manodlin, a-model. 1 Guitar, steel-string. 1 bass, electric. 2 banjos. That’s right. TWO BANJOS. Instructions: Begin with tradition. Bluegrass. Kentucky. Dash liberally with new-york-city mentality. Stir in a heaped tablespoon of virtuosity on each ingredient. Begin … Continue reading

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George Pegram

Here’s one for anybody that liked the Obray Ramsey, or banjo/old-time music in general. Like Ramsey, he played banjo in the 3-finger style, but not quite bluegrass. He was as unique as a blue chicken, and twice as friendly. Whether … Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Folk Festival 1972 & 1977

Following on the heels of Michael Cooney, here’s a festival he’s been very involved with throughout its 40-year history. It’s one of the top folk festivals in the country, or at least it seems so based on the talent they … Continue reading

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Michael Cooney

“The nation’s most consumate, versatile interpreter of traditional music… an encyclopedia of songs and stories. This one-man folk festival is a must to see.” – Chicago magazine Small wonder that Michael Cooney is nicknamed “the one-man folk festival.” With his … Continue reading

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Mike Seeger (August 15, 1933 – August 7, 2009)

“Mike was unprecedented. He was like a duke, the knight errant. As for being a folk musician, he was the supreme archetype.” —Bob Dylan “In brushing the dust of time from American folk music, Mike Seeger illuminates the roots of … Continue reading

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The Great Grapevine Giveaway! – Ola Belle Reed

Way back in May, I received and posted this email: Greetings from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural … Continue reading

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