I opened up this banjo, tuned it, and recorded a little sample with my iPad. I don’t know many chords yet, so I picked something simple in honor of olde tyme church….
I’ve always liked the punchy twang of the banjo. It’s got a drum head. And strings. And it doesn’t take batteries or light up. Nothing says “I’m kickin’ it old school,” like lickin’ it on five strings of folk fun! You didn’t see much banjo work in mainstream music for a while, but the sound is coming back with bands going for that vintage-y sound. Mumford & Sons is one of my favorite examples.
For me, this banjo is a journey back to my roots. Simple life. Simple folk. Simple faith. There’s an honesty in the sound that resonates with my thirst to approach life with authenticity and energy and to abandon cynicism in favor of hope.