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Clifton (left) and his fiddle playing friend Lars

Cool Picture!

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Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on May 9, 2013 at 1:20pm
Was looking at this picture closer..he has the banjo upside down. Looks like it was a banjo for a lefty.
Comment by Dave Culgan on May 9, 2013 at 2:14pm

I like looking at this image. Look at the fiddle player Lars, he's also switched from left hand to right hand (you can tell, I think, by looking at the orientation of the tuning pegs) so both guys look like they are playing right handed when the photographic process reverses the image. Nothing sinister here.

Comment by Dave Culgan on May 9, 2013 at 2:16pm

Also, not a studio image, maybe a portable studio tent set up in a camp somewhere. Any more info on the image? Those guys kinda look familiar.

Comment by Matthew Mickletz on May 10, 2013 at 6:21am

I was thinking the same thing Dave - guys looking familiar.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on May 10, 2013 at 10:56am

hmm, well it's hard for me to determine the sequence of fiddle strings but if he is right handed, he is holding it appropriately. As for the Banjo the tuning peg is on the bottom instead of the top, in a reverse image it would still be on top. Looking at the tuning pegs, you can see that the "G" string,  peg is in the appropriate place being the highest, then across just under is the A string back to the D and the e, is hidden in the shadow. Back looking at the Banjo and the player makes me think that these were just props perhaps. 

Comment by Dave Culgan on May 10, 2013 at 11:54am

This is what it looks like if you don't switch your instrument from one hand to the other before one one of these images is taken - you look like you are playing left handed. I like to think those guys were (are) players. Is this an old image?

Comment by Dave Culgan on May 10, 2013 at 11:55am

Meaning of course the original image posted. That quartet are just a bunch of posers.

Comment by Carl Anderton on May 10, 2013 at 12:56pm

The banjo player is Cliff Hicks.  He's a very interesting clawhammer and non-Scruggs fingerstylist, very original.  Never heard him play stroke.

Comment by Strumelia on May 10, 2013 at 3:12pm

As for the Banjo the tuning peg is on the bottom instead of the top, in a reverse image it would still be on top.

Only if you hold the banjo with the back of the pot facing outwards.  Try it.

Comment by Strumelia on May 11, 2013 at 9:14am

To me the banjo player is exhibiting classic 'hipster slump' in his chair.   lol! 

Plus the dirt on his pants knees looks a bit artfully applied.

That banjo pot looks tiny!  Is it a 9" pot or are these guys giants?  ;)

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