Saturday, 16 August 2014
Bill Keith's Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association deserves a separate post of its own, I think.
Bill is best known for developing the “melodic style” of banjo playing, the most important and widely used extension of Earl Scruggs’ three-finger banjo technique. Melodic banjo playing uses ingeniously coordinated right- and left-hand fingerings to allow the player to execute fast scales and scale-based passages smoothly and efficiently. Fifty years later, banjo pickers are still playing licks that Bill devised, and melodic banjo playing is still referred to as “Keith style.” I think it’s fair to say that without Bill to show the way, we would not have the music of Ben Eldridge, Courtney Johnson, John Hartford, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Béla Fleck, Scott Vestal, Jens Kruger, Alison Brown, Noam Pikelny, and many others. Bluegrass music would be much the poorer without Bill’s contributions and musical legacy.
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