That old banjo
Richard Hefner is the mastermind behind the guitar and banjo (both clawhammer and bluegrass) tab and tutorial site. Once a member of The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, he has won or placed eight years in a row in the banjo competition at the Vandalia Gathering in West Virginia. Originally hailing from the Allegheny Highlands of Pocahontas County, in southern West Virginia, Hefner often tells of how his grandmother was a banjo picker, in fact, seven of her nine children were musicians.
Hefner's renditions of mountain standards are steeped in the traditions of earlier times. His beautiful, melodic picking, is perfectly accompanied by his mountain tenor voice. Through the teachings and tablature on his ezfolk.com, my son was well on his way to playing that old banjo.
The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys cd is available at CDBaby
An appropriate close to our look at some of the teachers who are helping to assure that Old Time music will be around for a long time to come.
on Banjola - a banjo with a mandolin-style body
Y'all have a good weekend!