Béla Fleck really noticed the banjo while watching "Beverly Hillbillies" as a kid in the 1960s. The sound of Earl Scruggs playing was "like sparks going off in my head," he said. Since then, the New York native has busted through any and all barriers, pairing his banjo with everyone from Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis, to Dave Matthews and the Grateful Dead. With 16 Grammys at home, he is often called the premier banjo player in the world. Béla Fleck and his versatile banjo join us for an in-depth interview.
When I was unable to attend a Flecktones concert in Salt Lake City about 12 years ago because Iwas going through Chemo for testicular cancer, my wife let Bela know some how. Well, he called me at my room the day before his concert and we chatted for about 20 minutes. My wife said it perked me right up.
I still get mileage out of that with my musician friends.
Dave FocardiDave Focardi –Mar 11, 2013 10:20:23 AM