The Nashville Number System

  by Wayne Fugate History and background The Nashville Number System is an informal method of transcribing music by denoting the scale degree upon which a chord is built. Since the middle ages, musicians have substituted Roman numerals for chord … Read More

Review: The Crow, Steve Martin

For those of you who (like me) have assumed that Steve Martin’s banjo was primarily a prop for his stand-up routines (along with the fake arrow-through-the-head), this CD will be an eye-opener. It turns out that the instrument has been … Read More

Spotlight on Too Blue

  An interview with Joan Harrison who will be appearing at the HVBA fundraiser this Sunday, May 31st with the band- “Too Blue”. Q. What’s up with “Too Blue,” I hear there’s a new recording in the works. A. We kicked … Read More

Songwriting Part 1

Ah but what to write? If you have the luxury of not being a nine-to-five Nashville songwriter (Whew! wipe your forehead, that was close!) have some more ice tea!  A song idea will come along sooner or later.  As a … Read More

Slugging It Out On The Front

“How I learned to stop worrying and love the banjo” October 1972, The 3rd set had begun at “On the Hill,” a long gone by nightclub in Danbury, Connecticut. The place was packed and crawling with beer soaked bikers and … Read More

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