The “Kinda” winner is Wayne Fugate
This set of questions is really for anyone willing to take a stab, but Michael Sassano hopes it will stump Dick Bowden.
Mike Sassano!!! Who doesn’t love Mike Sassano? Sorry, no one could possibly love him more than I do. He encouraged me when I was a shy jammer about 20 years ago and he’s still encouraging beginner and not-so-beginner players. He’s incredibly generous with his time and his bluegrass knowledge.
That being said, Michael posed several questions last week that were directed primarily at Dick Bowden, but definitely open to anyone who cared to take a stab at them. And many stabs were taken.
Check out our comment section below to see the answers. I am so impressed with the knowledge of our readers.
Ah, you want the answers. Here you go.
Michael says he was originally thinking that Roger Sprung was the “father of progressive banjo playing.” However, after more digging and research, he now thinks that answer is probably up for debate. He would include Eric Weissberg, Bill Keith , and John Hartford as debatable answers.
So Question A is really a wash and we aren’t going to linger on debating that one. Done!!!
By the way, Michael highly recommends that you find and read Pete Wernick’s article “The New York Banjo Story.”
B: David Bromberg produced John Hartford’s “Aereo-Plain.”
C: “With a Vamp in the Middle” is the cover that Sam Bush still performs.
D: Breakfast Special and Wretched Refuse are the two legendary, ultra-progressive string bands based in NYC.
The crown, this week, goes to Wayne Fugate. He was correct on B and C and came close to nailing the answer to D. Michael is used to carrying Wayne’s mandolin case around for many years and hopes this dubious honor will soften Wayne up enough to allow Michael to play with him soon.
Hey, Dick Bowden, you did extraordinarily well for a trad-Nazi!!! I hope our readers will continue to try to trip you up to keep you humble.
Special thanks to Michael Sassano for all the time he has spent on these question.
Lastly, check out Breakfast Special