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The Best Banjo Picker There Ever Was!

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If you check out this blog on regular occasions, you will know that I’m a diehard bluegrass music fan.  I’ve played a variety of sting instruments all my life.  I started with the guitar, went to the banjo, and more recently, the mandolin and even the fiddle.  But my favorite has always been the banjo.  I once had the Rolls Royce of banjos, an Ode, some years back that was stolen from me.  Can you believe I once played on Bourbon Street in New Orleans at a place called Your Father’s Mustache to pay for my law school tuition? I regularly attend bluegrass festivals in the North Carolina Mountains.  My mentor was Earl Scruggs, the founder of bluegrass music and the best banjo player I ever heard, bar none. You knew it was Earl playing from the first pick and roll.  His style was unique and I tried my best to copy him.  He died last week at 88.  He got me hooked on the 5 sting banjo.  With age and some arthritis, I can’t pick nearly as well as I used to. But in memory of ole’ Earl, I got several banjos of mine out last week to play a few of his songs in his memory. You can see them below.

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