Scott Avett


Scott Avett banjoScott Avett. Player of the Deering Sierra, Black Diamond, Tenbrooks Legacy and Vega Senator banjos, is one of the lead singers and founding members of the folk-rock band, The Avett Brothers.
September 28, 2016 by David Bandrowski
Tags: Rock

Jens Kruger

Jens Kruger
At age six, when Jens (Yens) heard the banjo on one of his dad's American records, he yearned to play it. But having no access to one, Jens played their mother's accordion, accompanying Uwe, who played their father's guitar. When Jens turned ten he acquired a tenor banjo and started to play Dixieland jazz, hoping that one-day 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' would somehow flow from the instrument.
August 26, 2016 by David Bandrowski

Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka
Born in Syracuse, New York, famed banjoist and 2007 IBMA player of the year, Tony Trischka, was inspired to play banjo in 1963 when he heard a Kingston Trio recording of "Charlie and the MTA." He shares this common thread with Greg Deering who also fell in love with banjo when he heard a Kington Trio record played in his home
August 10, 2016 by David Bandrowski

Mark Johnson

Mark JohnsonMark is an authentic American original. Primarily known as the inventor of the Clawgrass style of banjo (which some call the "thurd style" after the clawhammer and Scruggs three-finger styles), Mark is both a top drawer player and a respected composer of contemporary acoustic music. In 2012 he received the third annual Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.
March 24, 2016 by David Bandrowski
Tags: Clawgrass

Klaus Luchs


Klaus Luchs with his Deering Eagle II banjoKlaus Luchs is a multi-instrumentalist who began his musical journey on piano at the age of 7.  He later discovered the guitar as a teenager and started writing and performing with local bands. He further pursued his passion by studying classical guitar at Northern Illinois University.
March 01, 2016 by David Bandrowski

Jeff DaRosa

Jeff DaRosa BanjoJeff DaRosa, Tenor banjo player and high energy multi-instrumentalists of the Irish Folk Rock band, Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996 in Boston, MA. The band, now celebrating their 20 year anniversary, was originally just a bunch of friends looking to play music for fun.
January 12, 2016 by David Bandrowski

Joe Bonsall

Joe Bonsall
The first banjo music that I ever heard was as a kid. That strange Philadelphia phenomenon called the String Band, as in MUMMERS. (See my essay, A Trip Back Home at josephsbonsall.com.) One hundred guys wearing feathers and strumming banjos is quite an assault
May 27, 2015 by David Bandrowski
Tags: Country

John Hartford

John HartfordJohn Hartford won Grammy awards in three different decades, recorded a catalog of more than 30 albums, and wrote one of the most popular songs of all time, Gentle On My Mind. He was a regular guest and contributor on the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour and the Smothers Brothers Show.
May 06, 2015 by David Bandrowski

Jim West

Best known for his work with the "Weird Al" Yankovic Band, guitarist Jim West is also a composer of TV and film and has produced a number of CDs for independent artists. The Toronto, Canada, born West grew up in Tampa, FL, and started playing the guitar at age 12. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Hawaii and has released 4 slack-key guitar albums.
May 06, 2015 by David Bandrowski

George Grove

George GroveGeorge Grove, 39-year veteran of The Kingston Trio (as of 2015), has been playing Deering banjos exclusively for over 25 years, both on-stage and in the recording studio.
May 06, 2015 by David Bandrowski
Tags: Folk