On this week’s Fretboard Journal Podcast, we pay tribute to banjo and bluegrass legend JD Crowe and his friend, student, and collaborator Bill Evans. Crowe died on Christmas Eve 2021, exactly one year after the death of his friend and former bandmate Tony Rice.
A born storyteller and educator, Evans is due to start making educational videos with Crowe for Peghead Nation later this year. He talks about Crowe’s influence on bluegrass, his unique style of banjo playing (and how it was different from Earl Scruggs’), Crowe’s unique interaction with guitarist Tony Rice, and the importance of the 1975 album. JD Crowe and New South Album (Rounder Records 0044) with Crowe, Rice, Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs and Bobby Slone.
It’s an hour-long deep dive into what made one of the best banjo players in the world … and a great introduction to the intricacies of bluegrass.
Evans kindly shared one of his Crowe lessons on Peghead Nation: https://www.pegheadnation.com/news-reviews/breaking-news/jd-crowes-enduring-influence/
Above photo of JD and Bill Evans of Gretchen Snyder, taken behind the scenes at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
This episode is sponsored by BED | STÜ, Izotope (use discount code FRET10 to save 10% on their amazing software) and Retrofret Vintage Guitars.
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