Category Archives: Banjo History

Gibson Banjos

We will start with the pre war Gibson banjo. This means that these banjos were made prior to 1947. The models during this time frame were the RB-1, (Straight Maple) RB-2, (Walnut) RB-3, (Mahogany), RB-75 (Mahogany) RB-4 (Burl Walnut) and the Granada (Curly Maple). These were also available in Tenor & Plectrum as well. which […]

American Banjo Museum Honoring History of the Banjo

The banjo is one of America’s most cherished musical instruments that runs deep into the nation’s heritage. It remains an essential instrument in bluegrass and international folk music, along with the fiddle, guitar and mandolin. The banjo originally came from West Africa and was brought to North America hundreds of years ago. You can learn […]

Sweet Sounds of the Banjo: The History of the Banjo

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The banjo has been around for quite a long time. Despite its reputation as an American instrument, its origins are actually from the African continent. The history of the Banjo is a fascinating one that can increase your appreciation of this musical instrument. Early Days The banjo started out centuries ago as a simple instrument […]

Modern Artists and Bands Who Use the Banjo

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Rascal Flatts dedicated a whole song to the banjo. The banjo is commonly associated with Dixieland jazz, bluegrass, and folk music, but it’s been used in other genres, including pop and rock, for many years. From Led Zeppelin’s “Gallows Pole” and The Eagles’ “Take It Easy” to more recent songs, the banjo has been hitting […]

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Earl Scruggs is one of the most well-known banjo players of all time. His three-finger style of banjo playing became known as Scruggs Style and is commonly used in bluegrass music. Scruggs Style can be heard in several recognizable songs, including “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and the theme song of “The Beverly Hillbillies.” With the Scruggs […]

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 […]

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 […]