But the band members' geographical origins complicate that assertion when the narrator describes them as "four men and a leader--Rattle Benbow from Galveston; Benbow's buddy, the drummer, from Houston; his banjoist
from Birmingham; his cornetist from Atlanta; and the pianist, long-fingered, sissified, a coal-black lad from New Orleans who had brought with him an exaggerated rag-time which he called jazz" (105).
In 1891 banjoist
and raconteur Louis "Bebe" Vasnier recorded several titles for The Louisiana Phonograph Company.
David Deese: Bluegrass Boy to Briarhopper: an unfinished biography.
For that matter, neither can Emry Arthur, who, in 1928, made the indelible first recording of "Man of Constant Sorrow"--and who, despite his rudimentary guitar playing, was hired to back up other musicians for their own recordings: "He couldn't reach the chords," the Virginia banjoist
Dock Boggs recalled long after his session with Arthur.
Perhaps the concert's most poignant moment came when Fleck noted the recent death of folksinger (and fellow banjoist
) Pete Seeger.
, composer, and world traveler Jayme Stone presents The Other Side of the Air, a symphonic album of the combined efforts of multiple talented individuals playing everything from the trumpet to stringed instruments to flute, oboe, and more, while Jayme's banjo lends its unique and distinctive melody.
This night the group was augmented by banjoist
Brandon Seabrook, pianist Ron Stabinsky, and bass trombonist Dave Taylor.
Around 1963, Statman started taking up bluegrass banjo, learning from Julian "Winnie" Winston, recognized then as New York's premier banjoist
(Winston would go on to serve a short stint in 1965 with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys).
True genius lies in his later poems, such as the "Hiram and Jenny" sequence, in which the poet inhabits the mind of an uncomplicated banjoist
and his companion.
In the evenings the British officers would gather round the camp fire to smoke and listen to renditions from Captain Charlie Townsend, an enthusiastic banjoist
He did this quickly, and banjoist
Don Reno was the first to sign on.
Contributors include Anna Lomax (daughter of folklorist Alan Lomax), the surviving relations of Twenties greats, plus three actual survivors of the era: guitarist Slim Bryant, banjoist
Wade Mainer and Delta bluesman "Honeyboy" Edwards.
Backed by banjoist
Don Stover, these three hillbillies created an entire musical community around themselves in the relative isolation of their childhood home.
Afterwards, Ben 'Doc" Kitchens, banjoist
, is encouraged to sing some of his original lyrics to a tune that resembles Hank Williams' "Honkey-Tonking." Kitchens' version is "Iuka Honkey-Tonk."
He was also well known as a singer and banjoist
whose repertoire was rooted in the songs of his native land, many of which would have disappeared but for his pioneering work of recording and documenting them.