Bill Evans "The Banjo In America"
Clarion Music Center, San Francisco, CA March 24, 2000


first set
01 (welcome, introduction)
02 Earl's Breakdown
03 "another pre-war Gibson banjo"
04 Granite Chief > Catchin' The Dickens > Leaving Owensboro
05 "the banjo...came from Africa"
06 Pompeii Ran Away
07 Excelsior Jig
08 "in the early 1800s whites began to take up the banjo"
09 Devil's Dream > St. Patrick's Day > Bully For All
10 "the guitar style...was soon adapted to the banjo"
11 Home Sweet Home with Variations
12 "Doc Boggs had a very unique banjo style"
13 Pretty Polly
14 "the techniques...Don Reno originated"
15 Follow the Leader > The Banjo Special

second set
01 (end of set break)
02 (title?)
03 "going back to the 1840's"
04 The Whoop Jamboree > The Injun Rubber Overcoat
05 "minstrel conventions that were created in the 1850's"
06 De United States It Am De Place
07 "new guitar style in this 1865 manual"
08 The New York March >
09 The Lucy Polka
10 "not jigs in the Irish sense"
11 Welpley's Jig > Briggs' Jig
12 "a traditon of... writing original pieces for the banjo"
13 A Ragtime Episode
14 "a picking style that came from the Mississippi Delta"
15 Altamont >
16 Raising the Beams
17 "Earl Scruggs is like the Mozart of the banjo"
18 Home Sweet Home
19 Dear Old Dixie
20 "a piece I wrote a long time ago"
21 (title?)
22 What Wonderous Love Is This
23 (applause, encore:)
24 Foggy Mountain Special > Shuckin' the Corn

Engineer : recorded and mastered to cdr by Easy Ed

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Bill Bill currently performs and tours with six-time National champion fiddle Megan Lynch. In addition, Bill performs from time to time with the Bluegrass Intentions. Bill has also appeared from time to time or toured with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Due West, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, Peter Rowan, Suzanne Thomas, Don Rigsby & Friends, the Lynn Morris Band, Rustler's Moon with Kathy Kallick and John Reischman. Bill was the founder/leader of the 1980ís progressive bluegrass band Cloud Valley, based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, that also included bass player Missy Raines and mandolin player Steve Smith.

His latest accomplishment is authoring Banjo for Dummies for Wiley Publications. Since its release in August 2007, Banjo For Dummies has become the largest selling banjo book in the world. In addition to authoring Banjo for Dummies, Bill is also the co-author with Dix Bruce of Mel Bay's Parking Lot Pickers Songbook: Banjo Edition, a collection of 250 jam session favorites with an accompanying two CD set. For the last fifteen years, Bill has authored "Off the Record," one of the most popular monthly instructional columns for Banjo Newsletter magazine.