Hello Danny. Do you feel that banjo players generally value tradition over innovation? And, if so, do you think it is necessary to master and emulate the greats before you can push boundaries- or is it getting in the way of progress?
Many thanks, Ritchie
i suppose it's tough to speak of "banjo players" in the aggregate. there are so many different artists playing the instrument. i keep finding interesting stuff. i think that there is a system in place, a tradition so to speak, a type of framework that can be used as a scrimmage to learn about music and so forth. nonetheless there are a lot of folks ignoring this and just writing music and making records with banjo that don't really have a relationship to that....trip at all. there are folks that tend towards reductive thinking and folks that uh....don't. i don't really have a criticism of the way things are done in a sense, because it would appear that things are done in lots of interesting ways. i think learning to play and instrument, personally, is learning to solve problems. and it's very helpful to see how masters have solved those same problems. but i don't think it's necessary to have that approach. i suppose what counts is if the music is interesting.the end result.
Hello Danny, I was living in Austin when the Bad Livers were taking off. I saw the band a few times and we met in passing. Those were such great times. I also saw you solo in Portland the first day I moved here at Alberta Public House. That made me feel at home and secure in my choice to make Portland my home. I am having an argument with a fellow on the facebook page "Remembering Old Austin" I had said that for a short time the Bad Livers had a clarinet player, he said not so. Who's right? and do you remember the clarinet players name? I worked with him at Breed and Co. Cheers ! When are you coming back to Portland? James FaretheewellDanny Barnes responded on 09/14/2016 Next question
Could you tell us which more innovative banjo players you are currently listening to? And which directions do you think are most promising to you at the moment?