Tagged: Banjo

KY Historical Society to host banjo making workshop

If you are a fan of traditional Appalachian music, you will enjoy learning about how to make a traditional mountain banjo.  The Kentucky Historical Society will be hosting a special 2-day workshop event with professional woodworker and sculptor, J. Daniel Graham.  The event will take place at the Thomas D....

Exploring the life of musician Dora Mae Wagers

One of the early banjo pioneers in Kentucky country and folk music would be that of Laurel County native, Dora Mae Woodall Wagers.  Dora Mae Woodall Wagers was born on July 14, 1927, in Laurel County, Kentucky, to Harry and Nancy Woodall.  She was raised in the community of Hazel...

Lee Sexton cleaning his banjo in the film, Linefork. Photo courtesy of Linefork filmmakers.

Kentucky banjo picker Lee Sexton featured in film

Nestled in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky lies the community of Linefork. It is there where retired coal miner, Lee Sexton calls home, alongside his wife, Opal. Even at 90 years old, he continues to preserve the mountain music heritage with his unique banjo picking style. His music and life...

The African musical influence in the world of bluegrass music

African music has always influenced other musical genres.  When slaves came to the Appalachian Mountain region from Africa, they brought over a lot of their traditions.  Most of these traditions are shown frequently in the music world, especially in bluegrass music.   It is already known that the 4-string banjo...