Hey Danny - As a clawhammer player who dabbles in scruggs style, it seems like sometimes when I hear you playing you're mixing clawhammer with finger picking. Do you have some clever way you've figured out to do that?
well yeah i learned to frail a little with my picks on. i learned this in about 1981 from a guy named brad brashers that i used to run around with. he was a really great banjo player. he is no longer with us, he passed away. but he was a great banjo player and is very fondly remembered by the folks that knew him and played with him. he was from paragould arkansas. he was a good old boy.
Stove Up is a masterpiece. It is stuck solid in my CD-player. Your own tracks on there stand toe-to-toe with the classics.
I know Charlie's sitting in a jail-cell watching the clock nowadays but why did he go downtown?
I've been primarily a mandolin and guitar player for a while, but recently I've been listening to a ton of your solo stuff as well as Bad Livers and I'm feeling really inspired to pick up the banjo. Any recommendations for books or DVD's that'll help me learn? I mainly want to try Scruggs style type stuff and maybe a bit of clawhammer. My finger style guitar experience (Mississippi John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten type stuff) is very limited, so right now the banjo seems a bit daunting to me. Think Scruggs style banjo is similar to that kind of stuff at all or is it a totally different beast?
p.s. One of the first concerts I saw was Dave Matthews Band in St. Louis back in 2010. You sat in for a few tunes and the whole thing really blew my mind (I was 13 years old at the time and that show really made me fall in love with live music). I've since seen you with various other projects over the years. Thank you for all the good times and music!