I've always admired Bob Flesher's music. There's a lively, contagious joy in it. His style delivers excitement. I've felt the same way about his banjos. They're bold, stylistic... and punchy! Then I met Bob in person. Now it all makes sense. :)
Bob is a bundle of energy. And he's as creative as he is gregarious! But you better be ready to take a drink from a fire hose if you're ever fortunate enough to have a sit down chat. Be ready to laugh, too. The guy has got a million stories. I wish I coulda gotten more of 'em about his engraving and inlay work. The guy IS a master! We just kinda got carried away. You'll see.
Oh! And I'm sure he's the only Banjo Builder that ever appeared on the Andy Williams Show.
Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Bob Flesher is one of 38 select Builders included in the North American Banjo Builder Series. Filmed entirely on location by Craig Evans, there are four volumes in the DVD Series: Banjo Builders East of the Mississippi (Volume 1), Banjo Builders West of the Mississippi (Volume 2), Conversations with Banjo Historians (Volume 3) and More Conversations with North American Banjo Builders (Volume 4). Smithsonian Folkways has created the "Instrument Builder Collection" to permanently house the Series for posterity.
For more information or to order the Banjo Builder Series, go to: northamericanbanjobuilders.com