Monday, April 09, 2007

Clawhammer on the Suwannee River

In any discussion about the state of clawhammer banjo today one name comes up early in the conversation. Mary Z. Cox is a long time favorite of many riders on the Bus, and we aren’t alone in our admiration. The readers of Banjo Newsletter recently voted Mary as one of the top four Old Time banjo players.

The latest issue of Mel Bay’s Banjo Sessions webzine has a great interview with Mary. Included with the interview are two short mp3s and Mary’s tablature. For all of you budding clawhammer players, Mary Z. Cox is not only one of the best players but also the best teacher of the style. Nearly all of her CDs have accompanying tab books available.

Visit Mary Z. Cox for all of Mary’s wonderful banjo and dulcimer CDs, concert and workshop schedule and 3 free mp3s.

Of course, Mary and Bob will be at the Florida Folk Festival again. If you can make it to the Florida Folk Festival over Memorial Day Weekend, I highly recommend the experience. For the dozen years that my wife and I owned Front Porch Music and the Barracks Coffeehouse Concert Series in Hobe Sound, Florida, we always looked forward to this annual celebration of Florida’s rich and varied cultural history.

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