Wayne Henderson at The Fretboard Journal 5th Anniversary Party

Backstage in Seattle

Back in November I went to Seattle to attend The Fretboard Journal‘s 5th Anniversary Celebration.  If you have not read this magazine, it is one of the most beautiful music related publications out there. Amazing photos and fantastic stories.  The early issues have become collectible, as they are now out of print!

The celebration happened over 3 days and included concerts by Bill Frisell, Danny Barnes and my friends Canote Brothers – Greg and Jere.  The final evening’s concert was famed guitar maker and player Wayne Henderson together with Orville Johnson.

The afternoon of the show, there was a lunchtime party at The Fretboard Journal publisher Jason Verlinde’s house, where everyone brought their favourite old instruments, and passed them around like a wine tasting. It was guitar geek heaven.

I had brought with me my main banjo, a 1942 Gibson Style 12 Top Tension original 5 string flathead, which I’ve had for 9 years.  I bought it from Sammy Shelor, but was amazed to find out from Wayne that he had owned it briefly in the early 1970’s. Here’s a video of Wayne talking about it backstage in Seattle

And some other time I’ll have to tell you the story of how I rear-ended the Hummer Wayne was travelling in on the way to his concert.  Really!


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