Before you all rush off to download the mp3 files, you should read this first:
I have a book coming out with Mel Bay publications in 2011 - I don't know when - called The Early American Parlor Banjo, and it comes with a CD of all the tunes in the book. However, not everyone who is interested in the music will want to buy the book, so Mel Bay have let me release it through CD Baby as an mp3 album download or you can purchase individual tracks. They set the price at $9.99 for the album.
I used my trusty Luke Mercier Fairbanks/Dobson tone ring banjo, with gut strings tuned to the old American tuning of eAEG#B. The music covers folk and classical music territory, from Irish reels to free-form pieces by Frank Converse.
You can hear excerpts from each track at the website: