Ode to a Tenor Banjo

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Music, Tenor Banjo, The Dancing Pen, Writing | 2 Comments

Here’s me reading “Ode to a Tenor Banjo” with Art Menius on WCHL. I did this interview with Catherine DeVine and poet Celisa Steele as part of the 2012 West End Poetry Festival. I think that banjo poetry is really on the rise now as an important sub-genre in contemporary literature, and I am proud […]

Banjo Heads

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Music, Tenor Banjo, The Dancing Pen | No Comments

I play a Deering Maple Blossom tenor banjo. I love it, but it has a well-deserved reputation of being overly bright and powerful, owing to its bluegrass roots. I’ve struggled with this for years, with various articles of clothing stuck inside, mechanical muting gizmos attached, and playing techniques where I vary the head resonance by […]