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The Picky Fingers Banjo Podcast

Mar 31, 2020

In part one of the Picky Fingers Jam Survival Guide, Keith Billik discusses topics such as:

- The different types of jam sessions

- The etiquette of participating in a jam

- Advice on how to properly prepare yourself, and what to expect when you start going to jams

- Perspectives and advice...

Mar 14, 2020

In this episode, host Keith Billik chats with Pau Barjau of Che Apalache. Pau has a very interesting job, interpreting rhythms and sounds that are not typically heard on the banjo! Hear about his unlikely path going from a teenage bass player in Mexico City, to an aspiring banjo player in...

Feb 26, 2020


Hosted by Keith Billik. Clarke Wyatt is a tremendous musician, primarily known as the banjo/guitar player for both the duo Betse & Clark, and also for the Short Round String Band. He has a great outlook and philosophy on what it means to be a traditional musican who also forges his own...

Jan 30, 2020

Hosted by Keith Billik. This episode features one of the most influential banjo players of modern times, Sammy Shelor! Sammy is best known as the longtime 5-stringer for the Lonesome River Band.

Sammy is also a 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year award winner, along with the 2011 Steve...

Jan 14, 2020


Host Keith Billik talks with bluegrass banjo superstar Derek Vaden of the Larry Stephenson band about his career, influences, history of learning the instrument, and advice for other players.

Derek also pioneered the #tunertunethursday hashtag on Instagram - check it out, and add your own...