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  • Bela Fleck: Yea, It’s A Banjo

    Bela Fleck: Yea, It’s A Banjo

    The Artist: “Béla Anton Leoš Fleck (born July 10, 1958) is an American banjo player. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most innovative and technically proficient banjo players. he is best known for his work with the bands New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Fleck was born in New York City, and is named after Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, Austrian composer Anton Webern and Czech composer Leoš Janáček. He was drawn to the banjo when he […]

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  • Chet Atkins With The Bluegrass All Stars

    Chet Atkins With The Bluegrass All Stars

    Chet Atkins, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor, David Grisman, and Rob Wasserman Limehouse Blues This of course is an all star line up which features all the above performers starting from left to right with Grisman all the way down to Jerry Douglas. The vid fades out before Rob Wasserman’s bass solo… I have no idea why you would fade this out before the song is over? The rendition is anything but Gypsy Jazz style… it’s a […]

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  • Earl Scruggs: Fingerpicks Jimmy Brown the Newsboy

    Everybody knows Earl Scruggs for his banjo, but here’s a song called Jimmy Brown the Newsboy where Earl shows off his super clean fingerpicking guitar style. The Youtube description says that Earl learned a lot about guitar from his friend and neighbor Maybelle Carter. Well, no doubt, but Earl definitely took it to another level. This particular video was a part of a series that Flatt & Scruggs did on the Grand Ole Opry that was sponsored by the flour […]

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  • Doc Watson, Dan Crary, Tony Rice, Steve Kaufman and Jack Lawrence

    Here’s Doc Watson, Dan Crary, Tony Rice, Steve Kaufman and Jack Lawrence with the”Ragtime Annie” and “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues.” From the DVD “Doc’s Guitar Jam.” More info at http://www.guitarvideos.com/products/vestapol-dvds/docs-guitar-jam

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  • John Hartford: “Steam Powered Aereoplane”

    Here’s the Steam Powered Aeroplane by John Hartford with an all star cast of bluegrass players which includes Vassar Clements (fiddle), Mark O’Connor (mandolin) Jerry Douglas (dobro) Tony Rice (guitar). Even though I consider John Hartford an American Icon, I don’t consider him a bluegrass player, even though he always liked to surround himself with the best. Now the description for this vid doesn’t say who the bass, drum or piano player is and my best guess for the bass […]

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  • Cody Kilby: Illusion of Speed

    It’s difficult to put into words just how I feel when I listen to great Bluegrass music. Everyone’s got their favorite and here’s mine.. This particular video was filmed at the Ryman in Nashville featuring Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder. I want you to pay attention to guitarist Cody Kilby- he is just lights out on this video in fact… so is Ricky’s entire band.. Cody I believe is the best guitarist that Ricky has ever had in his band. […]

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  • Muleskinner – All Star Bluegrass Band

    Here’s nearly a whole set of the Muleskinner band that was filmed live on February 13, 1973 at the KCET television studios in Hollywood, California. Songs include: (including times if you want to skip around) 1. New Camptown Races @ 0:18 2. Dark Hollow @ 2:14 3. Land Of The Navajo @ 5:10 4. Blackberry Blossom @ 10:56 5. Knockin’ On Your Door @ 13:33 6. Opus 57 In G Minor @ 16:46 7. Red Rocking Chair @ 18:54 8. The Dead March @ 22:21 9. Orange Blossom […]

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  • Clarence White: TV Guitar Workshop “Soldiers Joy”

    Here’s a video that was filmed back in 1970 featuring Clarence White on the old standard “Soldiers Joy.” This is a TV guitar workshop with an all star cast which includes his brother Roland White on mandolin, Byron Berline on fiddle, Alan Munde on banjo and Bob Baxter on rhythm guitar. Clarence’s guitar playing is explosive and, the tone he gets is what all flatpicking guitarists are looking for. For those of you that don’t know, In 1973, Clarence White was […]

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  • Earl Scruggs: Earl’s Breakdown

    Alright, I know it’s not guitar but I just had A BANJO RELAPS! For those of you that don’t know, Earl Scruggs is perhaps as much responsible for the sound of Bluegrass Music as the Father of Bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe. And most people think that Bluegrass Music is oldtime and ancient. Well, not so… 1945 Just a little older than Rock & Roll! My longtime friend Phil Wells who is a country music historian, once said that if Monroe […]

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  • Clarence and Roland On The Andy Griffith Show

    Clarence and Roland On The Andy Griffith Show

    Here’s a video cut from the Andy Griffiths Show back in the 60′s, featuring Roland and Clarence White. The group which was called “The Country Boys,” made several appearances with Andy. Check out this excerpt from http://ebni.com/byrds/memcw1.html  The Country Boys (a little background) “In 1958, banjo player Billy Ray Lathum joined. The group, now neither three nor little, shortened their name to “the Country Boys.” The next year, the band cut their first single, the Flatt & Scruggs tune “Head Over Heels […]

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