Brian Carver Banjo Kit

Some basic frailing practice and a sound bite of the cool kit banjo being offered by Brian Carver.

I am really impressed with the design of this instrument. I think we are all lucky to meet Brian Carver at this early stage of his career. I believe that, years from now, he will be remembered alongside mountain style banjo makers of the past like Stanley Hicks.

This kit banjo is something that you can easily assemble, string up and play. This is not a banjo for cutting through jam sessions. This is a banjo that you can take with you anywhere and always have it handy. I think it is wonderful.

You can learn more about Brian Carver banjos at his web site:

Earlier Posts:

Four Million Banjos

It seems that we just passed another milestone. I was giving our YouTube stats a quick glance and I noticed that, as of this morning, our videos have been viewed 4,119,511 times.

Four million views. The number is enough to make me dizzy.

I thought it would be fun to mark this milestone by posting five of my favorite videos in the series:

Old Time Banjo – Part Eight
Playing and singing with my dad is so much fun.

The Subway Shuffle
The guitar lick that helped me decipher country blues.

Folk Song of the Day 8/13/07
A guitar workshop, and a story about at rose.

The Daily Frail – video edition for 6/19/07
Blues banjo far too early in the morning.

Folk Song of the Day 6/20/07
I really did run out into the rain just before filming this.

Because it’s hard to pick just five, here is one extra:
Weekly Workshop 11/25/07
Dear Old Dad gives a tenor banjo workshop while I fix the toilet.

These are my favorite videos at the moment. Post your favorites in the comments.

Thanks to all of you for being part of this amazing journey.

God bless,

Mark Mothersbaugh’s Story

Devo lead singer, Mark Mothersbaugh, speaks on growing up legally blind, despising music until he saw the Beatles, and how Devo got it’s name in California Inspires Me, a Google Play x California Sunday Magazine collaboration.

The Podcast That Needs A Name – Episode 5

This week we look at a recipe from Stonewall Jackson, talk about random things and play good music.

I Feel So Good J.B. Lenoir & His African Hunch Rhythm
You are The Rainbow In My Dreams Clyde Moody
Stagolee Jesse Fuller
Blowin’ in the Wind Peter Paul & Mary
Milwaukee Blues Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers
I’ll See You In My Dreams Django Reinhardt
Highway Patrol Junior Brown
11 Months And 29 Days Johnny Paycheck
When The Levee Breaks Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy
Waterloo Stonewall Jackson
The Moon Still Shines on the Moonshine Still Judy Perkins
Shanty in the Holler Jimmy Driftwood
She’s Got You Patsy Cline
Mother Nature Koko Taylor
My Heart Keeps Crying Stoney & Wilma Lee Cooper
Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Harlem River Blues Justin Townes Earle
Jerusalem Steve Earle
No Butter For My Grits Big Bill Morganfield
Moss Cathedrals The Goodly Beggars

I Was A Deaf Musician

Update: 3/4/14 2:12 PM – less than a day and already 15,000 views! Thank you!

I wrote an article for BuzzFeed!

Rather than ramble on here about it, I’ll just sent you to the article:

Writing this was an amazing experience. The folks at BuzzFeed were very kind and professional.

Here is a video of my first BAHA being activated:


My Carver Banjo is Here!

A few days ago I posted about the new banjo kit being crafted and sold by Brian Carver.

My finished Carver banjo arrived today and I am really impressed. This is an amazing little fretless banjo. The design is beautiful and the tone is really good.

I will be posting a video with my new banjo soon. I want to let the strings stretch out and give myself a day or two to explore what this instrument can do. In the meantime you can watch this video of Brian putting my banjo together.

be sure to visit the Carver Banjo web site: