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Randy's Pickin Parlor likes to say they're "Sharing The Good Stuff" PRRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  - LOGO RANDY'S PICKIN' PARLORand this weekend they'll set out to prove it with a highly underrated duo, Mark Johnson & Emory Lester.

Johnson was the winner of the 3rd Annual Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. He has been a Deering Banjos endorsee for 17 years and now has his own Deering Mark Johnson Clawgrass Model banjo! 

Lester is one of this day's foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his mandolin playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious.PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  MARK JOHNSON AND EMORY LESTER

His recording projects Pale Rider, The Emory Lester Set, and Cruisin' the 8 have placed him among the elite mandolinists of our time. His brand new recording Reminiscing Today showcases Emory's musical creativity, and skill as a mandolinist /multi-instrumentalist.

Mark Johnson hangs his hat in Florida but learned his trade from Jay Unger while living in New York. Mark didn't know that Jay was a highly accomplished fiddler who also tinkered with the clawhammer style of banjo. It was in the early 1970s, that Mark learned from this consummate fiddler the basic technique of clawhammer banjo. He also learned the three-finger style of bluegrass picking as his familiarity with the instrument unfolded. Mark moved to Crystal River in Florida in 1981 where, per chance, he met the Rice brothers, Larry, Tony, Ronnie and Wyatt. Mark was working at the local power utility with Herb Rice, Larry and Ronnie and through that relationship, his manner for style and creativity in composition and performance was forever changed.

The performance will be broadcast on a live stream from Randy's Pickin Parlor Saturday, April 5 @ 8pm Eastern!


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