It’s nice to hear someone as esteemed as Pete Seeger say this:
Earl Scruggs. He’s the one who brought back the banjo.
And Steve Martin:
The only comparable person was Monet, to me. Monet invented a style and he fulfilled it beautifully and perfectly. And so did Earl Scruggs.
The Banjo Project is coming:
The Banjo Project is a cross-media cultural odyssey: a major television documentary, a live stage/multi-media performance, and a website that chronicle the journey of America’s quintessential instrument—the banjo—from its African roots to the 21st century. It’s a collaboration between Emmy-winning writer-producer Marc Fields and banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka (the Project’s Music Director), one of the most acclaimed acoustic musicians of his generation.
The Banjo Project television documentary brings together contemporary players in all styles—Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Don Vappie, Cynthia Sayer, Steve Martin, among many others—with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America’s instrument in all its richness and diversity.
I can’t wait.