Finally, an all banjo episode of Expressway Balladeer. I mean, how did we get twenty-eight episodes into this series without an all banjo, all the time show? Anyways now that it’s here, I have some fun restringing my banjo with guitar strings to see if I can get a different sound out of it. Then I talk about my history with the banjo and play in downtown Seattle.
Restringing the banjo to get a lower tone didn’t quite work. The gauge of the strings were a little to big. I have some other ideas to make it work but I didn’t have time to experiment more before the show. The test went pretty well though and I got a tone out of my banjo that is right up my alley.
I started playing banjo when I was 14 years old because I wanted to play something different from what other people around me were playing. My friends played guitar, my dad played guitar so I chose to play banjo naturally. Then it was on to high school talent shows and a little bluegrass band called Bluegrass Tuesday I started with my friends. Once I started writing songs, I guess I was called more to the guitar just because it has a broader range and can fill out a solo show a bit better for my style. After awhile I started to miss it. That’s when I started writing the songs for Lost Keys in Lounge Strange and the banjo is now back in my life again in a big way.
In fact, I play “Avery and the Giant” live in downtown Seattle at the end of this episode while opening for the great StephanDrews Band. It was a fun night for sure.