Banjo Greats Gather at Grey Fox for Keith-Style Banjo Summit !

The gracious banjo maestro, Bill Keith, shaking hands with Jonny Cody after playing ‘Devil’s Dream’ together at a campsite during Grey Fox 2013—fifty years from the day that Bill first played it with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.Surely a highlight of this year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival will be a very special Keith-Style Banjo Summit hosted by Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, and Tony Trischka.

As if this “Triple Crown of Banjo” wasn’t enough, joining them on stage to honor the music and influence of Bill Keith will be the award-winning Eric Weissberg, Mike Munford, Marc Horowitz, Mike Kropp, Ryan Cavanaugh and others—along with Bill Keith himself.

The 90-minute Keith-style banjo gathering will be on Friday, July 17 beginning at 7:00pm at the Creekside Stage.

Banjoist extraordinaire Bill Keith (beaconbanjo.com) is one of just a handful of musicians to have a whole style named after him. The Keith style was the catalyst that spawned new generations of envelope pushers such as Tony Trischka, Béla Fleck and Noam Pikelny.

Bill has worked with The Jim Kweskin Jugband, Jim Rooney, Red Allen & Frank Wakefield, Judy Collins, Clarence White, Richard Greene and David Grisman. His 1963 Decca recordings with Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys introduced his innovations to a world audience.

Bill also wrote the Earl Scruggs banjo instruction book. Last October, the IBMA honored Bill with a richly deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.


Anonymous said...

This will be EPIC! Rarely, if ever have so many of the current greats been on the same stage at the same time. I wouldn't miss this for anything!

Fred Robbins said...

I'm excited to see such a tribute to my good friend.
I'll be there in my usual volunteer video spot under the Creekside tent to record it all.

Here's my video that the photo came from: https://youtu.be/Hy4ZIE51ZRo