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Re: Grade A+++ banjo pickers
One glaring error in my opinion. Dave Guard. He started from scratch and came up with some really intriguing banjo parts through the NBD years. I realize he didn't pick like Earl, but think Coast of California for just one of many. Any way, like I said, just my opinion.
All great 5 string pickers. Worth mentioning , for every "Famous" picker there are a plethora of local and some who don't play pro that are just as talented. It's like that with every instrument or vocalist.
Having said that, as famous 5 string players go, John McKuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Biscuit Davis and what ever became of Jimmy Henley? Back in the day, he was a heck of a 5 string player as just a pre teenager. He would remain part of Roy Clark's show for a long time. Heave heard anything of him in a very long time.
With the resent passing of Sonny Osborne, I began to think about all the Grade A banjoists, both living and dead. I have come up with a list of my favorites and am sure I am missing some other great ones. I have purposefully left out Dave Guard and John Stewart. They were both great banjo players and had their own style that worked for the KT, but I donít believe they were in the same league with my list below Can you add to this list:
Keith Arnesen Ė US Navy Country Current