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The Banjo in Texas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Smith Jun 21, 2014. 13 Replies

Hello,My name is Justin and I am wondering if anyone on this discussion forum may have ideas about the banjo in early Texas. I am writing a paper and have some leads but thought that this site might…Continue

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Justin Smith replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Thanks Chuck! that is  key slice of information that would of taken forever to find. Yeah the colony of Steven Austin must of had a lot of personas familiar with the banjo and perhaps with great ability, as Williams shows, to play the…"
Jun 21, 2014
Chuck Chandler replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Justin, Robert McAlpin Williams, aka 3 Legged Willie, was Judge on Texas' first Supreme Court in 1836. He was a pretty interesting character and was known for his banjo playing and singing. Read more about him here: …"
Jun 18, 2014
Justin Smith replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Thank y’all so much! Mark that is great information and the Carlin book is on my list. This paper, a master’s thesis, could go anywhere. I loosely take the Dena Epstein Sinful Tunes and Spirituals and her other great paper titled the…"
Jun 17, 2014
Mark Weems replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Justin, in Bob Carlin's Book The Birth of the Banjo on pg. 9 we read "For the period of 1828 to 1831,  the prominent Texas Jurist, publisher, and statesman Robert McAlpin Williamson (1806-1859) used the song [Coal Black Rose] to…"
Jun 16, 2014
EggerRidgeBoy replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Just a correction to my above post - I of course meant mid-17th Century in the first paragraph, not 16th."
Jun 16, 2014
EggerRidgeBoy replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"I don't know that there is enough solid evidence to determine exactly when the early banjo - the marriage of certain west African plucked lutes with European features such as flat fingerboards and tuning pegs - came into existence.  Most…"
Jun 16, 2014
EggerRidgeBoy replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"The first documentation of the banjo in North America comes from 1737, in a newspaper article describing the African-American Pinkster celebrations that took place just outside New York City, during which people danced to drums, fiddles, and…"
Jun 16, 2014
Joseph Sorah replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"What route did that that instrument take to reach New York? I shouldn't be, but I am confused about how Joel and the musicians who wrote the teaching manuals were interrelated. There seems to be some sort of disconnect between them. Could…"
Jun 16, 2014
Joseph Sorah replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Dan'l I never thought about WHEN in history our banjo actually became an instrument with a real finger board instead of a stick. Logic would tell us at some period of some length there was an earliest version that had a flat fingerboard that…"
Jun 16, 2014
Justin Smith replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Thank you for the information.   I did assume that the African American source material would be limited (or even non-existent) and probably theoretical assumptions would be asserted which, with much speculation, could point to perhaps a…"
Jun 16, 2014
Justin Smith replied to Justin Smith's discussion The Banjo in Texas
"Of course I am assuming that African Americans brought the instrument to Texas  "
Jun 13, 2014
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The Banjo in Texas

Hello,My name is Justin and I am wondering if anyone on this discussion forum may have ideas about the banjo in early Texas. I am writing a paper and have some leads but thought that this site might provide something I have not looked into.  See More
Jun 13, 2014
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3 years
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