Among other series of blogs I’ve been thinking of writing has been one about already well-known musicians who have been influential on my own musical development. Some are obvious bluegrass musicians (Bill Monroe, Frank Wakefield, among others), some banjo pickers (Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Arnold, Eric Weissberg, Alison Brown, Bobby Thompson). A few are way off the map in terms of traditional acoustic music (Carlos Santana, Count Basie, James Taylor, Pat Metheny, etc.), but I’ve always liked them anyway, for various reasons.
So here’s where I’ll start blogging on these folks. I’ll post something new from time to time here as an open-ended series.
I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown.
I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles.
I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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