Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Banjo Project

The Banjo Project -- A Documentary

One of the most defining aspects of the bluegrass sound is the addition made by the 5-string banjo. It is the most “American” of all the instruments comprising a bluegrass band. There is a lot of lore, and misinformation, about the origins of the instrument and how it came to be what it is today. The banjo has played an interesting role in American culture over the years. If you’ve ever been interested in the history of this unique instrument, then you’re sure to be interested in The Banjo Project.

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and at the bottom of THIS page, Mark Twain is quoted:

"The piano may do for lovesick girls who lace themselves to skeletons, and lunch on chalk, pickles, and slate pencils. But give me the banjo... When you want genuine music—music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strychnine whiskey…ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose—when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo!" (Early Tales and Sketches, Vol. 2)

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