Deering Live

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About Deering Live

Deering Live is a live stream video series presented by Deering Banjos which features interviews with all your favorite banjo players, as well as Deering Tech sessions and other great content. Catch up on all the episodes of Deering Live, right here.

Upcoming Guests

Tuesday, November 28th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT
Yasmin Williams

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Yasmin Williams | Deering Live Ep. 98
Yasmin Williams hails from Virginia and is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. She is best known on social media as @guitar.yaz where her 22,000 fans are constantly treated to beautiful and joyful renditions in her own unique style, often on her Goodtime Americana banjo. Always smiling, Yasmin has received critical acclaim from numerous major publications including The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and others. Yasmin was also listed as one of the “25 New and Rising Artists Shaping the Future of Music in 2023” by Pitchfork.
Rex McGee | Deering Live Ep. 97
Rex McGee is one of the most creative and technically able players of the 5-string banjo alive today, though his non-musical career as a pharmacist has kept him largely anonymous from a larger audience. Rex is known by 3-finger style...
Gabe Hirshfeld | Deering Live Ep. 96
This week on Deering Live, we're excited to introduce you to the incredible talent of Gabe Hirshfeld, a prominent 5-string banjo player hailing from the Boston area. Beyond his remarkable banjo performances in the Boston scene, Gabe is also renowned...
"New Orleans Tenor Banjo & Beyond" with David Bandrowski | Deering Live Ep. 95
This week we will be talking all things New Orleans tenor banjo with our very own Director of Marketing, David Bandrowski. We will talk about his beginnings as a tenor player in New Orleans, the role of the instrument in jazz, as well as other genres. We will even dig into a few fundamental lessons on the instrument. 
Kristin Scott Benson | Deering Live Episode 94

We are excited to feature Deering Banjo artist and 2023 IBMA Banjo Player Of the Year Kristin Scott Benson back on Deering Live to talk about Up The Neck backup playing.

Kristin is one of the best straight-ahead bluegrass banjo players that has ever played the instrument and she is a fantastic teacher so don’t miss out on this opportunity to listen to her play and talk about what she does.

Chris Coole presents Alternate Rhythms and Rests for the Clawhammerist | Deering Live Ep. 93
In this week’s show we’ll be talking with Chris Coole about some clawhammer banjo techniques to bring your playing to another level. These techniques will help you create and play different rhythms other than the standard bump-ditty rhythm. We’ll also...
Graham Sharp | Deering Live Episode 92
This week on Deering Live we are featuring Graham Sharp from the Steep Canyon Rangers. We will be diving into ways to use the 5-string banjo to enhance/support a song. The 5-string banjo is too often focused on being a...
Chris Pandolfi | Deering Live Ep 91
Chris Pandolfi is a founding member of the jamgrass supergroup the Infamous Stringdusters. Chris is a grammy award winning musician, winning the Grammy in 2018 for Bluegrass Album Of The Year. He is also busy with his solo musical projects,...
Greg Deering, George Grove, & Jens Kruger Chat Americana Folk Gathering | Deering Live Ep. 90
With the Americana Folk gathering just around the corner, we invite George Grove, Jens Kruger and our own Greg Deering to talk about this years event. During the conversation, we will undoubtedly have great fun sharing stories, memories of previous...
Alison Brown | Deering Live Ep. 89

This week we are excited to feature award winning banjoist and Compass Records founder Alison Brown on Deering Live. In this episode Alison will demonstrate different ways to play blues tunes on the banjo with different soloing and comping ideas. We’ll also be talking about Alison’s new record that came out this past May called “On Banjo” and more! Be sure to tune in!

Cory Walker | Deering Live Ep. 88
Cory Walker has shared the stage/studio with countless greats in music, has opened up the CMA Fan Fest, played the Grand Ole Opry dozens of times billed as Cory and Jarrod Walker as well as accompanying Joe Diffie, Ricky Skaggs, Mountain Heart, Sierra Hull, Dailey and Vincent, the Steel Drivers and others. He appeared on CBS with Keith Urban, ABC with Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and more.
Campbell/Jensen | Deering Live Ep. 87

Ashley Campbell and Thor Jensen form a unique meeting of musical genres as the duo Campbell/Jensen. This week, they join us to talk about their new self-produced album, the joys of making stripped-back music together, and how their musical differences intertwine to create a beautiful sound.

Clawhammer Triplets & Licks In Double Tunings with Mark Johnson | Deering Live
Mark Johnson is the creator of the Clawgrass style of playing clawhammer banjo which allows him to play in the clawhammer style in other genres than old time, such as bluegrass and more. In this episode Mark will be playing some tunes and talking about how to incorporate triplets and other licks in double tunings such as double C, D, and E. Be sure to tune in!
Ketch Secor Of Old Crow Medicine Show On Deering Live
Ketch Secor is a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, a Grammy Award winning group that has been inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry. Ketch is a mutiinstrumentalist whose first instrument was a banjo but is also...
Kyle Tuttle | Deering Live
International Banjo Champion Kyle Tuttle is shredding his way through the jamgrass scene. Since moving to Nashville in 2012 Kyle has shared the stage with many epic performers, most notably as a member of the Jeff Austin Band for 3...
Evie Ladin | Deering Live
Evie Ladin’s polyrhythmic clawhammer banjo style, resonant voice, and percussive dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco’s Stairwell Sisters, Evie has four solo CDs that feature her banjo playing and songwriting. Raised on fiddlers’ conventions and square dances, Evie’s playing is firmly grounded in tradition, while taking the instrument into new territory. A popular instructor at many music camps, Evie is also a clawhammer banjo instructor for Peghead Nation .
Valerie June & Marcela Avelar | Deering Live
We are happy to have songwriter, singer, 5-string banjo player, and banjo uke player Valerie June back on Deering Live. Valerie recently wrote a children's book that is published by Third Man Books called "Somebody To Love: The Story Of...
Moveable Harmonic Shapes with BB Bowness | Deering Live
We're happy to welcome Catherine BB Bowness, from the band Mile Twelve, back to Deering Live to give where she is going teach us about "Movable Harmonic Shapes" on the 5-string banjo. These are shapes such as chord positions or...
Unlimited Rhythms Of Clawhammer Banjo with Michael Miles | Deering Live
Michael Miles is back on Deering Live to demonstrate and teach us about how rhythmically versatile the clawhammer style of playing the 5-string banjo can be and how this style can be utilized to play many different genres of music....
Jake Blount | Deering Live

Jake Blount is an award-winning musician and scholar. He is a recipient of the prestigious Steve Martin Banjo Prize, and a two-time winner of the Appalachian String Band Music Festival (better known as Clifftop).

He is a specialist in the early folk music of Black Americans, and his latest record, The New Faith, was released on September 23, 2022 as part of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings' African American Legacy Series, in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Life & Music Of Rudy Lyle with Max Wareham | Deering Live
On this episode of Deering Live we will dig into the life and music of 5-string bluegrass banjoist Rudy Lyle. Rudy Lyle played banjo with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and made major contributions to bluegrass banjo but has largely been forgotten. Banjoist and member of Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, Max Wareham decided to help change this and wrote a book that talks about Rudy's career and banjo style and includes easy to read banjo tab of Rudy's playing.