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Tony Trischka's one-man exploration of the history of the banjo, World Turning is not for the bluegrass purist. The styles here vary as widely as the guests, from the dusty afternoon tone of William S. Burroughs' voice narrating the simple playing of "The Boatman's Dance/Over the Mountains" to the Violent Femmes helping out on "Down in the Cider House," which sounds remarkably like the Velvet Underground at times. In such an ambitious project, there are bound to be moments not agreeable to every individual's taste, but on the whole, this experiment is a success, with Trischka's grasp of his instrument complete.


Born: 16 January 1949 in Syracuse, NY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The avant-garde banjo stylings of Tony Trischka inspired a whole generation of progressive bluegrass musicians; he was not only considered among the very best pickers, he was also one of the instrument's top teachers, and created numerous instructional books, teaching video tapes, and cassettes. A native of Syracuse, New York, Trischka's interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio's "Charlie and the MTA" in 1963. Two years later, he joined the Down City Ramblers, where he remained through...
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