J.D. Crowe and the New South Band: Progressive Bluegrass Musician

Like a lot of bluegrass musicians, J.D. Crowe gained his first musical exposure in church and at home. Growing up surrounded by music, and with an almost obsessive dedication to learning the banjo from a very early age, Crowe grew into one of the most important and influential bluegrass musicians of the century. Although he is almost […]

Why are Banjos Made of Mahogany?

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Most string instruments are made of various types of wood, and each species of tree tends to produce its own unique sound and substance when music is created. American-made banjos have been produced for well over a hundred years, giving artists plenty of time to explore which woods and sounds they favor most. Some musicians […]

Beginner Banjo Songs for Players

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When you learn how to play the banjo, you open yourself up to a whole world of new music to play, from traditional blue-grass and folk music, all the way to Celtic music that hails back from history. There are plenty of banjo options to suit your particular style as well, ranging from 4-string banjos […]

Classical Banjo Lovers Unite: Join American Banjo Fraternity

Banjo music has a long and rich history in the United States, with enthusiasts from coast to coast, even stretching across the Atlantic to England.  That started with “classic” banjo music.  The Golden Age of the banjo was from approximately 1880-1920, and banjos made during this time period can sell for up to 1,000 times their original […]