You have to see this to believe it. It's amazing. LIVE banjo just an arm's length away and look what this cat does!

Such great news was flowing out of my native land this week that I just had to release some cheery bluegrass music in celebration. Have a listen...

Check out this video of an original clawhammer banjo instrumental inspired by a fictitious newspaper name coined by Mark Twain in the short story Journalism in Tennessee. There's more here than just a guy playing banjo: patriotic lawn mowers, the steam-powered stars and stripes chickenmobile...

In a tiny French village in the famed Burgundy wine region, in a 400 year old stone house well off the beaten tourist path, master luthier Eric Stefanelli turns out "incroyable" replicas of classic American banjos.

The Sound Advice of The Moment pundits indicate that a "Throwback Thursday" feature on your music site is a sure-fire road to future mega-stardom. Obviously they fail to understand about banjo players and mega-stardom. But what the hell. Here's a disgustingly cute pic of me with my favorite toy around age 3. Missing only a puppy, which we did not have at the time...

My "banjo-centric" song Gray has just been released for worldwide distribution. All proceeds will go to benefit Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)...

Unlike many musicians, on my site you'll find streaming audio of complete songs - not 30 second clips. I can hear plenty of fellow music makers hollering "Hey, you jerk... you're shooting yourself in the foot!" And they might be right. BUT...

In these days of cussin' and discussin' gay/transgender issues, it would probably never raise an eyebrow. But way back when - say my high school days in the U.S. Rust Belt - if the word had got out that a (born) male of the species had gone to a beauty salon and had a session with a manicurist... I still shudder to think of the fallout! So why did I, a baby-boomer gent with friends who are grandparents, decide to go for my first-ever salon manicure?

Welcome the the Banjo-centric Blog, version 2. I've just pulled the plug on my web site and moved it to a new hosting service, one that specializes in hosting sites for musicians. There were some trade-offs involved in the move, one being that the blog from the old host could not be preserved. That's fine... it will give me the chance to re-post some of the better stuff and pretend that it's never been seen before <lol!>

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