The winner is Vinny Nugent
Additional Bowden Comments
Congrats to Vinny Nugent. David Grisman took his friend Jerry Garcia to a Bill Monroe show specifically to try out on banjo. Jerry backed out of the opportunity — lost his nerve.
Allison Brown said (in print) that she once THOUGHT she was going to try out on banjo for Bill Monroe. But it didn’t turn out to be that kind of audition. No harm was done other than that she was shocked and disappointed.
John Lennon played banjo in a skiffle band but never got any closer to Bill Monroe than a fractured version of Blue Moon of Kentucky.
Roy Clark won a national banjo championship but never tried out for Monroe.
Barbara Mandrell, no.
John Hartford, no, can you imagine?!
Thanks for playing. And it’s nice to see the number of participants growing. The next question is going to be a TOUGH one, but hopefully interesting.