New Banjo Tune: Heavy Pedal

For all you banjo fans out there, I wrote a new bluegrass banjo instrumental called “Heavy Pedal” for The High 48s’ new album Daddy Was a Bank Robber.

It’s in the Key of D (for Driving) and was inspired by my love of the powerful string bends and slides of the pedal steel guitar. This one goes up to 11– have a listen and let me know what you think!

Also, here is a little behind-the-scenes footage of me working out the 2nd break before going into the studio:

Young Banjo Players Wanted!

Grass Seeds Banjo Students

Teaching at Grass Seeds AcademyI’m honored to once again be teaching banjo at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s Grass Seeds Music Academy, a three day mini-bluegrass jam camp designed for ages 8-18 that runs in conjunction with MBOTMA’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend, March 3-5 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.

Grass Seeds is designed for all playing levels, no bluegrass experience is required, just an instrument and a willingness to learn! Over the course of one weekend, we cover valuable skills not only on individual instruments, but in lead and harmony vocal singing, arranging songs, jamming and performing. We have the kids form a band on Friday & they perform live on-stage on Sunday!

Grass Seeds Banjo StudentsEvery year, the banjos are far outnumbered by fiddles and guitars, but I would like to change that! If you know an aspiring banjo picker that would like to:

  • Learn to jam & play music with others while making lasting friendships
  • Receive individual & group instrument instruction
  • Attend breakout sessions on singing lead & harmony vocals, playing backup & more!

Please send them this link to learn more and register for this year’s camp:

http://www.minnesotabluegrass.org/grass-seeds-music-academy.html

Also, feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have!