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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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  • Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay – Salt Creek

    Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay – Salt Creek

    If you’ve been keeping up with Acoustic Guitar Videos you will notice that we just featured more Mark O’Connor recently and posted his Winfield Kansas National Flatpicking Championship performance (hey, mind blowing stuff… suggest you listen if you haven’t heard this yet). One of the things that the video did say was, Mark O’Connor was bluegrass music’s first child prodigy. Well, I don’t know if I agree with that. After all, fiddler Vassar Clements performed on the Grand Ole Opry […]

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  • Tony Rice & Friends: White House Blues

    Tony Rice & Friends: White House Blues

    Here’s Tony Rice, along with Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck & Mark Schatz, performing “White House Blues.” In the YouTube description, they referred to Tony as “country guitar giant”… what? Way back when in the 40′s.. yes… bluegrass was considered country music, as they lumped it into all one category. But today, it’s bluegrass… period. This particular video shows off some great playing of course by all members of the band. I mean, who would be charged […]

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  • Arthur Smith & Don Reno: Give These Pickers the Credit

    Arthur Smith & Don Reno: Give These Pickers the Credit

      Don Reno & Arthur Smith – Feudin Banjos (Dueling Banjos) (1955) Thanks go to Terry Schafer over at our facebook page for shared this video of banjoist Don Reno (3 finger style) and Arthur Smith (tenor banjo). Now you go back to 1955 and you think, how hot were the players back then? Well, just as hot as anyone now. Every generation has their list of hot players, and Don Reno and Arthur Smith definitely qualify amoungst their generation. This as […]

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  • Ever heard a “Resonator Bass Guitar?”

    Ever heard a “Resonator Bass Guitar?”

      By John Hill: “I Know You Rider”  From their performance at the Doc Watson Music Fest in Sugar Grove, NC. About the artists: Jens Kruger–banjo, Uwe Kruger–guitar, Joel Landsberg-resophonic bass. Born and raised in Switzerland, Jens and Uwe Kruger have been performing professionally since 1973. After playing for twenty years throughout Europe in various styles and venues, the brothers invited bassist Joel Landsberg (NYC, NY) to join them, and the three musicians formed the acoustic trio audiences around the […]

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  • Glen Campbell & Carl Jackson: Dueling Banjos

    Here’s Glen Campbell and banjoist Carl Jackson, in what is described as the “Earliest known video of Glen and Carl performing Dueling Banjos- April 1973″ Of course the song itself was the hit from the movie Deliverance which helped the banjo and bluegrass music gain popularity in the mainstream. Although it was a help, lots of bluegrass people and pickers looked down on the song, as it wasn’t exactly  real Bluegrass Music. Nonetheless, it’s movies like Deliverance, Bonnie and Clyde […]

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  • Steep Canyon Rangers: Natural Disaster

    Steep Canyon Rangers: Natural Disaster

    By Jim Weaver: “Acoustic music is not dead. Here is a video of the Steep Canyon Rangers, who in the words of Jonathan Byrd, a good flat-picking singer-songwriter in his own right, who co-wrote this song – these guys “Worked so hard for their [recent] Grammy” Performed at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. ” Nobody Knows You is the Steep Canyon Rangers’ first record for Rounder, though it’s their second if you count their co-billed, 2012 Grammy-nominated Rare Bird […]

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  • Lonesome River Band: Timing, Timing and More Timing

    Back in 1989, I was traveling around and somehow ended up at a party down in southern Virginia. It was at Doobie Shea Studios with Tim Austin, Sammy Shelor and company. I can’t remember if the rest of the band was there. Doobie Shea was their personal studio where they recorded some outrageously great albums. I remember Sammy Shelor taking me into the control room and playing me some individual tracks from some of the songs. He said- “these we’re all […]

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  • Earl Scruggs: Gang Of Banjos

    First, this is not an acoustic guitar video (obvious). So why am I posting this? Well, this is perhaps one of the most “interesting” group displays of banjo that I have ever witnessed on stage, packed with an all star cast of players. It took place at The Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival in 1971. So, I’m not going to say much and just keep it all to myself…. You can however, say whatever you want of course… Can you name […]

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