When you think of the banjo, you might think of Earl Scruggs or Uncle Dave Macon, or even Steve Martin. You probably don’t think of loop pedals or bowing, or ancillary sounds from percussive tapping and blowing; you probably don’t imagine anything that could be classified as “space banjo.” But that’s exactly the kind of music banjo player Mike Savino of band-turned-solo-act Tall Tall Trees makes.
Abigail Washburn debuts her new genre- and culture-blending trio, The Wu Force (with Wu Fei and Kai Welch), at The Grey Eagle on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Traveling busker Caster plays one of the most upbeat of traditional tunes.
Busker Caster returns with “a slow, sad song about a horse.”
The legendary bluegrass musician, known for the “Beverly Hillbillies” theme music and social activism, was raised in N.C.‘s Cleveland County. He died yesterday, at age 88. Photo of Scruggs and his sons from the Flat and Scruggs website.
It was touch-and-go there for clawhammer banjo player/world music songwriter Abigail Washburn. She had to postpone one show date. But her Feb. 5 performance at Grey Eagle is good to go.
Asheville/Brevard-based bluegrass sensations the Steep Canyon Rangers team up once again with actor/banjo picker Steve Martin on NPR’s folksy variety show A Prairie Home Companion. Catch the show this Saturday.
Author Zhenya Gene Senyak’s new book, Banjo Camp! is a book about banjo camps that is, in and of itself, a camp. There are scrapbook pictures, doodles, coffee stains and swatted mosquitoes. And just when you think the book has met its kitschy-informative saturation point, there’s a companion disc affixed to the back cover so budding banjo enthusiasts can pick along.