Your article on "how to play in someone else's band" is a great chunk of solid gold information! THANK YOU ! ! ! ! !
oh i'm really glad you found value in that, i kinda took some email heat on that, kinda bummed me out a little, but some folks seemed like they were encouraged and i'm happy about that.
Hey Barnes! You have worked diligently to avoid the stylistic pigeon hole of "bluegrass" artist. Do you sometimes see your more 'out' Barnyard improvisations as a form of Resistance to this attempt to commodify and consequently reduce your art ( I guess I'm specifically referring to your live performances) into something more commercial? I suppose Punk was originally a form of Resistance until the dominant culture absorbed it, but I'm really looking at improvisation these days and I suspect there is a 'punk' , path less taken aspect motivation your fantastic improv work? I dunno maybe this makes some sense?Danny Barnes responded on 10/03/2014 Next question
I'm 57 and its time for me to learn to play the Banjo! I've been waiting all my life since I made a Banjo when I was about 7 years old, using piano wire. :)
Drums are my other passion and one day I'll learn to play those too.
Thank you for doing the 5 videos they will be my starting point.
I'm intrigued that your blog mentions Captain Beefheart and Trout Mask Replica - I love Don Van Vliet's music and have done so since I saw him on Old Grey Whistle Test playing Full Moon Hot Sun and then Peaches.
I would like to order a 5 string Banjo online (I couldn't go into a music shop and purchase one - too self conscious). Please can you suggest a make that I should consider and size. I don't want to play Bluegrass, but folk, rock, Irish, punk, pub rock (love Willy Deville and Dr. Feelgood) etc.
I'll spend what I need to for a Banjo that will grow with me as I learn to play.
Also can you recommend a DVD set to supplement your 5 videos?