Banjos

Kim Breedlove began building banjos in the 1960s, during the Folk Music movement and the popularity of such performers as Pete Seeger. After working with his brother for a few months he moved to the east coast while his brother moved to Oregon to form Breedlove Guitars. As Kim moved to Oregon, his...
Susan Carson opened her first music store, Taylor Guitar Shop, at just 18 years old in Johnson, Tennessee. Taylor Guitar Shop became the local hangout spot for bluegrass pickers and those looking to jam every Saturday. Susan sold the store when she married her husband, Bill Carson, and he took a...
Roy Clark, the Country Music Hall of Fame guitar player, has always been proud of his connection with the music products industry. In addition to the products he has endorsed over his long career, Roy helped design his signature model for Heritage Guitars. Roy has also been close to many in the...
JD Crowe remembers seeing Earl Scruggs perform in Lexington with Lester Flatt.  The sound was so unique and different that all young JD could think about was getting a banjo!  He did and, well, the rest is history.  JD became a well-regarded and popular banjo player in the bluegrass style.  During...
Greg Deering worked for a short time with Bob Taylor in San Diego as both men sought their dreams to create their own unique fretted instruments. While Taylor Guitars was being established, Greg and his wife Janet worked long and hard to build up the Deering Banjo Company. As the company reached...
Janet Deering has become the darling of the banjo industry as co-founder of the Deering Banjo Company. Along with her husband Greg, she has brought the banjo back to its popular roots with the pride of an American-made instrument. Although the instrument was not originated in the United States it...
George Gruhn is without question one of the top experts of vintage guitars on the planet! George collected guitars before opening the world renowned Gruhn Guitar Shop in Nashville, TN in the early 1970s. Since that time he has authored several historical reference guides and thousands of articles...
Renee Karnes recalls meeting her future mentor when she was just eight years old.  Over the years she developed both a love of banjos and a friendship with Henry Lea, who taught her the craft of banjo making.  With his skills as a builder and her artistic flare, she soon began creating her own...
Richard Keldsen is the president of Saga Music in San Francisco, California.  His first musical inspiration was hearing Earl Scruggs playing Bluegrass banjo for the first time.  After two years in the Peace Corps, Richard had the opportunity to open a music store called the Fifth String in San...
Michael Kropp loved folk music for as far back as he could remember. As he grew up and played in various bands in the 1960s and 70s he also became involved with the music industry. After owning his own music store for several years in New England, Mike became friends with Stewart Spector, Hap...

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