Monday, October 20, 2008

New Release: Mary Z. Cox - Florida Banjo

Florida Banjo is the latest CD from one of our favorite old-time banjo players. Mary Z. Cox has introduced the art of pre-Scruggs style banjo to an entire generation. Through her workshops and classes she has unleashed a vibrant community of old-time banjo and dulcimer players on a musical world that had all but forgotten the beauty of clawhammer style banjo. As usual, Mary has also provided tabulature for the songs on Florida Banjo available as a book for aspiring banjo players.

The fifteen songs on Florida Banjo not only showcase one of the most amazing practitioners of old-time banjo, but some other mighty fine musicians as well. As expected, Mary's husband Bob Cox adds his delightful flat-picked guitar. The sounds of Bob's guitar and Mary's banjo intertwine so effortlessly, as only a duet with decades of musical intimacy can. Other guest artists adding to this thoroughly enjoyable album are Kerry Blech, Jim Crozier, Lo Gordon and Ellen Sheppard.

Mary Z. Cox was interviewed by Larry Wines for his syndicated radio and television show "Tied to the Tracks." The show has yet to air, but the interview is available online (video here.) Be sure to watch all five segments, each featuring a wonderful performance by Mary Z. Cox, often accompanied by Bob Cox.

For those of you that already own Mary Z. Cox's CDs, Florida Banjo is a must-have, as I don't know of anyone who owns only one Mary Z. Cox CD. All six of Mary Z. Cox's CDs are cherished treasures in my own collection. Those of you not yet initiated, give a listen to the track below and watch the video above. Then follow one of the links below to start your collection.

Mary Z. Cox - Wind That Shakes the Barley.mp3
beautifully performed on her custom Deering GDL Banjo.

Artist: Mary Z. Cox
Ttile: Florida Banjo
Artist Website:
Mary's blog: A Secret Life of Banjo
CDs and downloads available at:
CD Baby
County Sales
Elderly Instruments
or your local independent record store.


Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

There's a lot of things you can't count on Ed and your computer is right there at the top of the list. You sure you haven't been off cooking up an eloquent terrorist-socialist-anti-cheerleader takeover of America with your pal Obama?

October 20, 2008 11:47 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

You are right about not counting on your computer, Beer. Thankfully, we were able to recover this time.

No anti-American activities here. All I've been planning is a celebration - or an escape to Belize.

October 21, 2008 6:17 PM  
Blogger kjk said...

make sure you leave an address if an escape proves necessary, ed. i'll bring the fiddle, you bring the autoharp...

October 21, 2008 11:30 PM  
Anonymous dan said...

And, I'll bring the dobro. Together, we'll escape to make the sweetest music this side of heaven, and the weather won't be too bad either. Let us play!

October 23, 2008 6:16 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Ken and Dan,
Some good jams on a tropical beach does sound good, but I'm hoping it won't come to that.
Dan, I see you folks up North have renewed Harper's lease. Hope that works out for you.

October 23, 2008 7:53 PM  

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