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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.

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Thursday, July 20th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT
Kristin Scott Benson - Multi IBMA Banjo Player Of The Year Winner

Thursday, July 28th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT
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Jake Sawicki of The Native Howl | Deering Live

Jake Sawicki is the banjo player for the self-described thrash grass band, The Native Howl who hail from Leonard, MI. Their 2016 release of "Thrash Grass" unleashed the newly-coined genre of the same name, combining the aggressiveness and intensity of thrash metal with the melodicism and precision of bluegrass. Jake is here to talk about pushing the boundaries of how a banjo can be used, appearing on the TV Show "No Cover" and spending the last few months touring with shock rockers GWAR.



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Ron Block | Deering Live

We're very excited to feature the longtime banjoist for Alison Kraus & Union Station, Ron Block, on Deering Live. When it comes to bluegrass banjo, Ron is simply one of the best in the business. His feel, tone, and timing drive the music that is rooted deeply in tradition but continues to push it into the future.



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Dan Walsh | Deering Live

Dan is a long-time Deering artist and if you are not familiar with him, he has a fascinating approach to playing banjo. This episode will be well worth tuning in for!



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Michael Miles | Deering Live

Michael J Miles is a composer and musician who grew up in the heart of urban Chicago and teaches at the infamous Old Town School of Music. His inner jukebox spins with 500 years of pop songs on late night radio, infused with conversations about poetry, politics, and singing around the piano with his Irish family. These songs turn into setlists, and compositions and as they say, the rest is history.

Michael is an electrifying performer, educator, and bender of genres. You simply have to hear him play.



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Max Allard | Deering Live

Max Allard is a gifted young 5-string banjoist in the 3 finger style. He has been the winner of the 2018 RockyGrass Banjo Competition and the 2019 FreshGrass Banjo Award. He performs as a solo artist, in a duo with his brother Otto Allard, and has toured the midwest with the Minneapolis based progressive bluegrass band Barbaro.

"A new mature and poetic voice on the 5 string banjo. Beautiful compositions and a very nice touch.”
— Béla Fleck



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Composing Non Bluegrass Tunes On Banjo with Hank Smith | Deering Live
5-string banjoist Hank Smith returns to Deering Live this week to talk about the different aspects of composing music on the 5-string banjo that isn't in the bluegrass style.

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Detroit Brooks | Deering Live
Detroit Brooks is one of New Orleans top session and touring guitar and banjo players on the scene. He has toured around the world and recorded or played musicians such as Dr. John, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donald Harrison, Charmaine Neville, and many more. Detroit is deeply concerned with keeping the traditional music of New Orleans alive. He created the Danny Barker Festival which celebrates the music of Danny Barker and brings groups into the schools of New Orleans to teach about the banjo in New Orleans music.

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Ken Perlman | Deering Live
Ken Perlman is a pioneer of the 5-string banjo style known as melodic clawhammer; he is considered one of today’s top clawhammer players, known in particular for his skillful adaptations of Celtic, Appalachian, & Canadian fiddle tunes to the style.

As well as touring throughout most of the English-speaking world, Ken is a recording artist, a banjo camp director, and author of multiple widely used banjo instructional books.

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Ben Wright | Deering Live
Ben Wright is a founding member of the Henhouse Prowlers, taking the band on the road for more than 15 years and proudly leading Chicago’s robust bluegrass scene.

The Prowlers have recorded 8 albums and tour relentlessly, having garnered a large following across the planet. The band blends their own original material with songs written in multiple languages, learned from their extensive travels.

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Bob Taylor with Greg & Janet Deering | Deering Live
This week on Deerling Live, we are joined by Bob Taylor, co-founder of Taylor Guitars. Greg Deering and Bob Taylor have known each other since the late 1960's when they were both key members of the American Dream cooperative - a collection of musical instruments repair specialists and builders here in San Diego.

In this episode, we sat down with Bob Taylor, Greg Deering, and Janet Deering to learn about the remarkable story of two of the worlds most respected names in stringed musical instruments today.

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John Bullard | Deering Live

This week on Deering Live we are happy to have classical banjoist, John Bullard. John is a classically trained musician and has published several books including Bach For Banjo. Come listen to him play and share in a transformative revelation: to experience the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music.

 



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Mike Munford | Deering Live

We are excited to feature bluegrass banjoist Mike Munford on Deering Live this week. Mike is a past IBMA Banjo Player of the Year winner and currently plays with the Grammy Nominated band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. Besides being one of the top banjoists on the scene today, Mike is also a very highly regarded banjo setup technician so listen to us discuss some setup tips as well.



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Ask Us Anything | Deering Live
This week on Deering Live, we are giving you the chance to ask questions to our panel of guests from Deering. Ask anything to CEO Jamie Deering, COO Jamie Latty, and Master Builder Chad Kopotic. They are ready (and slightly nervous) for your questions! Anything about the company, the banjos, maintenance, and them as people. Favorite foods, musical tastes, hobbies, sports teams...almost anything goes.

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Andy Thorn | Deering Live
We are excited to feature progressive banjoist Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon to Deering Live this week. Andy is a killer player who continues to push the banjo envelope. Hailing from North Carolina, Andy honed his skills in scene that included players such as Ryan Cavanaugh and Rex McGee. In time, Andy moved out to Colorado and waded deep into the Colorado jamgrass scene, eventually landing the banjo chair in Leftover Salmon which he has held for over a decade. This is sure to be a fun and inspiring show.

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Bennett Sullivan | Deering Live

Bennett Sullivan is a fantastic banjo player, teacher, and songwriter who is always pushing to create something new and interesting. No matter what direction Bennett goes, it is always done on a very high level. Join us for what was a fantastic Deering Live episode.



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Jake Schepps | Deering Live

Banjo renaissance man Jake Schepps is an artist with not only an adroit touch on his instrument but an intrepid, imaginative vision for contemporary string band music. Jake has his hands in many banjo and bluegrass related projects such as the Banjo Summit, the upcoming tab book for the recently released bluegrass album by Bela Fleck, "My Bluegrass Heart", and much more.



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Steve Martin Banjo Prize 2021 Announcement

This week, join us for a very special episode of Deering Live as we reveal the 2021 Steve Martin Banjo Prize winners. In partnership with the Freshgrass Foundation and Compass Records.



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Bill Evans | Deering Live

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years. Join us to hear him play, tell some stories, and give some banjo playing tips!



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Clinton Davis | Deering Live

Clinton Davis is a 5th generation Kentuckian, now based in San Diego. He is a master old-time banjo player and long-time friend of Deering. His work has been described by many as carrying the torch of traditional American Music. An accomplished fiddle, guitar, mandolin and piano player, Davis recently released his new album "If I Live and I Don’t Get Killed” on Tiki Parlour Recordings.

Today, Clint will play us a selection of tunes from the album, and chat a little about his banjo journey so far.



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Gina Furtado | Deering Live
Gina is an incredible banjoist and a two time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year nominee! After winning numerous awards from many fiddler's conventions up and down the East coast, Gina went on to spend 4 years with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers before releasing music with her own band The Gina Furtado Project.

Gina is a first class banjo player, mastering a multitude of styles and making her one of the most sought after instructors at banjo camps across the US.

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BB Bowness | Deering Live
We're very excited to feature BB on Deering Live. BB was one of the 2020 Steve Martin Banjo prize winners. She hails from New Zealand and currently live in Cambridge, MA. The band she currently plays with is Mile Twelve, and they have won numerous IBMA awards including 2020 New Artists of the Year and 2017 Momentum Band of the Year.

Watch this episode to catch one of the top young enthusiastic banjoists on the scene today!

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