North Carolina is a repository of numerous banjo techniques or "licks," and the state has been, and continues to be, home to many innovative and influential banjo luminaries that have left their mark on American music. The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection contains numerous instructional aides, recordings, and other reference materials that cover the different 5-string banjo styles associated with the state. This pathfinder is not intended to act as a guide to biographical information on banjo players associated with North Carolina, though the following material would certainly be relevant to such research.
Cahan, Andy. "Manly Reece and the Dawn of North Carolina Banjo"-liner notes- The North Carolina Banjo Collection Ed. Bob Carlin, Cambridge, MA: Rounder, 1998 (CDisc #447)
Rorrer, Kinney Rambling Blues: The life and Songs of Charlie Poole London: Old Time Music, 1982 ML 419 .P66
Heaton, Cherrill P. "The 5-String Banjo in North Carolina" Southern Folklore Quarterly Vol. 35 (March 1971) pg. 62. Journal GR 1 .S65
Abramson, Rudy and Jean Haskell, ed. The Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. (Subject “Music” p1108-1222) F106 .E53 2006
Heier, Uli and Rainer E. Lotz. ed. Banjo on Record. Charlottesville, VA: County Records, 2004. ML156.4 .B36
Miller, Terry E. Folk Music in America: A Reference Guide. New York: Garland Pub., 1986. ML128.F74 M5 1986
Banjo Newsletter. Greensboro, MD: Banjo Newsletter, V.1-18, 20-38[KS1] , 1973- .Monthly (ML1 .B35)
North Carolina Folklore Society Boone, NC: Newsletter of the North Carolina Folklore Society, irregular, 1977 (GR 1 .N497)
Bluegrass Unlimited. Broad Run, VA: Bluegrass Unlimited, V.3-, 1968- .Monthly (ML1 .B86)
Old-time Herald. Galax, VA: Old-Time Music Group, V.1-, 1987- .Bi-monthly (ML1. O35) [KS2]
[KS1]App. Coll. doesn't have volume # 19
[KS2]this can be accessed via the internet online too...should I mention that?
Bluegrass Unlimited Webpage. www.bluegrassmusic.com
Banjo Hangout Forum. www.banjohangout.org
"North Carolina Banjo Traditions: J. Roy Stalcup" Webpage. www.berea.edu/hutchinslibrary/specialcollections/stalcup.asp
Digital Library of Appalachia dla.acaweb.org
The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection contains an extensive number of sound discs and tapes that feature North Carolina banjo players. The following recordings feature a representative collection of players
The North Carolina Banjo Collection Ed. Bob Carlin, Cambridge, MA: Rounder, 1998 (CDisc #447)
Lunsford, Bascom Lamar, et. al. Music From South Turkey Creek Somerville, MA: Rounder Records, 1976 (Rec #259, #259 c.2)
Clawhammer Banjo Vol. 2, Charlottesville, VA: County Records, 2004. Tracks 2, 6, 7, 9, 15, 17, 19 (CDisc #1000)
The list below roughly divides some of the musicians that can be found in the Appalachian Collection into sub-groups of the styles/genres that they exemplified. Note that the "revivalist" sub-group is comprised of players who are heavily associated with North Carolina banjo, though they are not all necessarily "from" the state; many of the performers of this group routinely play a multitude of styles on varying incarnations of the banjo. As an additional aide, some of the bands or ensembles that the following players performed with, that can be found in W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection recordings, are in italics.
Three-finger (Modern, Old-Time)
Charlie Poole--North Carolina Ramblers
Obray Ramsey--White Lightnin'
"Snuffy" Jenkins--J.E. Mainer's Mountiaineers
Three-finger (Modern, Bluegrass)
Don Reno--Reno & Smiley,
Earl Scruggs--Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys
Raymond Fairchild--The Crowe Brothers
Carroll Best--The Carroll Best Band
Scotty Wiseman--Lulu Belle & Scotty
Wade Mainer--J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Byard Ray--White Lightnin' (fiddle)
Two-finger ("Mountain" Fretless)
Mary Jane Queen The Queen Family
Frank Proffitt, Jr
*Tab Ward--Beech Mountain Ramblers
Kyle Creed--Camp Creek Boys
David Holt--David Holt and the Lightning Bolts
Laura Boosinger-- " "
Mike Seeger--New Lost City Ramblers
October 2, 2012.