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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hear Steve on banjo and NPR

Go to this link and you will find not only a short article on Steve's appearance on a new album, but tracks you can listen to, as well as the NPR show itself. There's also a nice pic you can enlarge.

Tony Trischka Has More Than One Banjo on His Knee

Steve Martin, Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck together with their banjos in NPR's New York Bureau.

Weekend Edition Sunday, January 21, 2007 ยท When people think of the banjo, the music that comes to mind is most likely the theme song from Deliverance or The Beverly Hillbillies. But there's more to a banjo than pop culture plucking. Over more than 30 years, Tony Trischka has explored the instrument and its rich history, from African melodies to jazz fusion and classical arrangements.

Trischka's new album, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, is billed as an "acoustic bluegrass homecoming." Each song features a banjo duet. The list of guest musicians includes such banjo biggies as Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Steve Martin (yes, the movie star) and Alison Brown.

Multiple banjo music is unusual, says Trischka: "[Banjos are] loud instruments, tricky to get a cohesive, harmonious sound." Guess that makes him a plucky so-and-so.

Banjo Poetry

* Hear 'Double Banjos on the Run,' a poem read by Trischka and Martin with musical background by Bela Fleck

Banjo Performances

Listen to three songs performed live in NPR's New York studio.

* 'The Crow' (by Steve Martin) played by Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck & Steve Martin
* 'Ivory Toad of Catalan' (by Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka) played by Tony Trischka & Bela Fleck
* 'Shuckin' the Corn' (by Louise Certain, Buck Graves & Gladys Stacey) played by Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck & Steve Martin


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