Over the course of one lifetime, his guy has done it all... and it all came back together in his banjo building! Seriously! He's an accomplished painter, performer, cartoonist and more. I'm wondering if it's just because underneath it all, he's a happy human being? Decide for yourself. In the meantime, get one of his banjos while you still can. They're going fast! :)
From humble East Texas roots came a historian with an ear for a good story... and music. Those early inspirations led Dr. Bill Malone to write THE book on Country Music. Fifty years after its first publishing, it's still the go-to on people, places and more. Bill has even archived a recording of him singing a favorite song with his mother. This guy is as beautifully down home as it gets.
People like Bill are the foundation stones of our Traditional Music Community!
The banjo is considered an American instrument, even though it came from Africa. But considering the roster of banjo builders in our neighbor to the North, perhaps we should start viewing it more as a "north American" treasure. Carl Arcand is a luthier setting a new standard for banjo building in this renaissance time. He embodies a genuine love for the instrument, the woods and famous builds of the past. Here's another banjo you should consider buying. His passion is a part of every instrument (just look on the inside neck heel).
Dale is calm on the outside, but I feel it's actually a bit deceiving. You see, he's a Berklee grad that builds world-class guitars after attending for trumpet performance. ?? And when he talks, it's with sort of an "aw shucks, no big deal" delivery. But once he puts his hands on the wood of his creations, you see his subtle, powerful presence emerge... hands and posture demonstrating a complete mastery of his craft and love of his guitars. Seriously! Watch, listen and appreciate. I already know you'll enjoy. :)
Donna is amazing! She holds nothing back! Talking, teaching, playing... she always gives it her all. I wondered if that was just the Franco-American part of her. Possibly... but I think that that passion runs even deeper. Every now and then you meet someone that really, really lives from their heart. Meet Donna Hébert. Lucky for us, she's a very active part of our Traditional Music Community!! This is how we all should approach the music. From the heart.