AKA "True Banjo Stories" ~ Uncle Dave Macon's Banjer ~
I thought I might change things up and start writing The Unique Banjo Blog. So I present you with installment Number 1.
I ran across a very interesting information from Phillip Steinmetz, who has befriended the likes of me on Facebook. I have to tell you that Phillip is an exceptional performer, banjo player and knows all these great old timey songs. I was directed to Phillip's story by from my other Facebook friend, Eddie Pennington. who is an extraordinary thumb-picking guitarist from Princeton Kentucky.
This story regards Phillip's Grandpa. (actually his great uncle, but Phillip and just about everyone called him Grandpa). If you think Phillip's grandpa looks familiar, it is because he was known to all of us Country Music aficionados as Grandpa Jones.
Here's the reason why......that banjo once belonged to Uncle Dave Macon and was one of two banjos that Gibson custom made for "The Dixie Dewdrop".
good banjo for him, somehow the subject of what ever happened to Uncle Dave's banjos came up and Dad said to Grandpa, "wouldn't it be nice to have one if Uncle Dave's ".
Well, Grandpa called Dad some months later and said that Uncle Dave's son Doris, was at the Opry one night and was wanting to sell one if his Paps banjos, so Grandpa bought it and brought it to Dad on his next visit.
|Doris and Uncle Dave Macon|
On ours, the three dots are spaced close together, on the other banjo, they are spaced further apart.
|Young Phillip Steinmetz and Grandpa|
The other picture of me and Grandpa was taken at the same time, but probably before I grabbed up Uncle Dave's banjo!! Hah, see the difference in Paw's expression!!
Again, my Dad's love for the Old-Time Music and especially Grandpa's, is the reason we have so many treasures like this banjo. My Dad will never get enuf credit for what he has done for me! Love You Paw!"
By the way, I don’t think I mentioned this is April Fools Day!
|Betcha' never thought you would see Robert Johnson playing Eddie Van Halen's guitar.|
We will resume the Unique Guitar Blog tomorrow.
Enjoy the videos!
Uncle Dave Macon and his son Doris
Phillip Steinmetz and the Sunny Tennesseans