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Our Son's Love of Music Shines Through His Severe Autism

David Royko | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts
David Royko

A few years ago, Ben, our son with severe autism, got a chance to meet one of his favorite musicians -- or more accurately, meet the man responsible for creating some of his favorite music. We now know there's a big difference, and this "meeting" helped us understand our big guy a little better.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

FINALLY: 'The Final Countdown' Gets The Banjo Treatment

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts

How does one improve upon classic '80s hair metal? By replacing every instrument with a banjo, of course! Banjo legends (and married couple) B...

The Lomax Connection

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

The group's challenge was familiar to anyone in traditional music: interpret source recordings in an interesting way while remaining true to the spirit of the originals.

Dog Sings Along With Banjo In Key Of Ridiculous Cuteness

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.25.2014 | Comedy

Listen to those harmonies. In the video above, banjo player Allan Anderson shows off his skills while his beagle sings right along with him. As...

WATCH: Dude Plays Slayer's 'Raining Blood' On A Banjo... And Totally Nails It

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Entertainment

Who knew banjos could be so hardcore? In the video above, Rob Scallon crushes heavy metal band Slayer's hit song "Raining Blood" ... on a banjo. The Y...

Big Bang 12 -- "inunData"

Jeff Pollack | Posted 07.22.2014 | Technology
Jeff Pollack

Ken Hertz and I hosted our 12th Big Bang forum in Santa Monica on May 14th. Big Bang is about discovering and discussing compelling new ideas in media...

The Wheel of Time: Old Songs and Tunes from Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. Used by permission of Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. The wheel of time turns, a year goes by, and once again I'm w...

New Orleans Band the Plum Magnetic: Fruitful and Alluring

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The Plum Magnetic's most recent record, Terra Animata, sounds larger than their four members. Infusing sonic sounds of classical Hindustani with American roots music, their vibe has a calming effect. They have weaved a tapestry together of classical tracks.

Baby LOVES The Banjo!

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents

Baby Uzi has already learned one of life's most important lessons: when you hear banjo music, you bounce. Understandably, his little dance has earn...

Tickled Pink for Bluegrass

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.29.2013 | New York
Jaime Lubin

Amid the Dixon Place bar's clinking drinks and humming, intimate assembly, bandleader Leah Wells glows with anticipation. The versatile musician plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle in several bands around New York.

Train Avoids Hitting Puppy Tied To Track

AP | Posted 06.10.2013 | Crime

INDIO, Calif. -- Officials say a 78-year-old man tied a puppy to train tracks in the California desert, and an engineer had to use emergency brakes to...

Civil War Banjo Contest At Antietam

AP | Posted 06.22.2012 | DC

SHARPSBURG, Md. -- A weekend conference at the Antietam National Battlefield is exploring the link between the banjo and the Civil War. The National ...

Folk Music for Young and Old: New Releases From the Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Chieftains

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Stephen D. Winick

In the United States and around the world, roots music is thriving. You can see it at the highest levels of the global music scene, in the work of Grammy-winning artists such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Chieftains, both of which have new albums very much worth hearing.

Influential Banjo Player Dies At 75

AP | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Doug Dillard, an influential banjo player who helped shape rock `n' roll and introduce the nation to bluegrass music during a popu...

Sick Of Facebook? Try These 10 Alternatives Instead

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 05.17.2012 | Technology

Now that Facebook is a public company (or will be by the end of the week) and will be making regular appearances on channels like CNBC and Fox Busines...

Obsessed: The Banjo

Craig Evans | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Craig Evans

There's a current resurgence in interest in the banjo by today's popular musicians (i.e. Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Taylor Swift). Those new folks may come and go, but a true obsession runs very deep. For at least one lifetime.

African American String Band Plucks Joy From Sorrowful Era

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.05.2012 | Arts
Marty Lipp

At a recent show, guitarist Hubby Jenkins joked that a white person playing banjo in the mid-1800s was like "Vanilla Ice rapping in the 1980s."

7 Social Apps To Help You Find Friends

The Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 12.05.2011 | Technology

Facebook will help you keep tabs on your friends' children, careers and concerts, but it won't tell you when your freshman year college roommate is at...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Triple Play with Wilderness of Manitoba, Crystal Antlers, and Cosmo Jarvis

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.15.2012 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

This edition of "A-Sides" features three unique artists who will either mellow you out or rock your socks off. Actually, if you're mellowing out - aren't your socks off anyway? That doesn't matter either.

With Banjo, You'll Always Know If A Friend Is Near

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 08.23.2011 | Technology

This post is part of a new series from HuffPostTech, Socialized, that will profile a different social startup--from apps to services to websites--...

WATCH: Steve Martin Debuts Whimsical Music Video

Posted 08.13.2011 | Arts

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have released a music video for their song "Jubilation Day" which features Martin and his bandmates' heads o...

5 Bands That Are Reviving "Bluegrass"

Justin Cox | Posted 08.10.2011 | Entertainment
Justin Cox

There's no denying that a bluegrass-influenced movement is taking place right now. Here are some bands to check out. Feel free to offer up your own style classifications if you'd like.

Is Too Much 'Local' Harmful?

Daniel Klein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Home
Daniel Klein

I found Curly and Carole Anne the same way I find a lot of the stories for The Perennial Plate, searching the internet. When I stumbled upon banjo p...

Music You Can Feel: Mumford and Sons Inspire NYC Crowd

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jon Chattman

"I don't wanna think, I wanna feel... How do I feel?" That's a great line from a forgotten Pearl Jam tune "Hail, Hail," which I live and struggle w...