Grace Rogers (Beginning Banjo) is multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who grew up in a Bath County family steeped in old time music. She first attended CCMMS at age 7 as a beginning fiddler and went on to learn guitar and banjo. Grace focused on southeast Kentucky banjo traditions as the 2022-23 Charlie Whitaker Memorial Apprentice to John Haywood and served an archival fellowship at Berea College’s Appalachian Sound Archive, studying the recordings and documentation of Magoffin banjo players. Grace performs her original music solo and frequently collaborates with Blakeley Burger and Nadia Ramlagan. Her EP Cowpocalypse was released on the Louisville label Obsolete Staircases.
Montana Hobbs (Early Intermediate Banjo) grew up in Lee County, Kentucky amid a community which instilled an early love of music and storytelling. She studied string music and songwriting at Morehead State University’s Center for Traditional Music, and graduated with a BA in traditional music in 2015. During 2017 she was a Kentucky Folklife apprentice to John Haywood and focused on Southeast Kentucky banjo styles. Montana performs regionally and internationally with Linda Jean Stokley as the Local Honeys. Their recordings Little Girls Actin’ Like Men and The Gospel feature mountain classics and original songs.
John Haywood (Intermediate/Advanced Banjo: Southeast Kentucky Styles) is an award winning artist, singer and banjo player from Floyd County, Kentucky. As a child, he attended the Old Regular Baptist Church with his papaw, where he heard him sing the old unaccompanied songs of Zion. He was a Kentucky Folklife apprentice to Knott County banjo master, George Gibson. John performs solo and also has performed with Lee Sexton, the Traveling Snakes, the Golden Cowboys of the Golden West and with Rich & the Po’ Folk. He can be heard on their recording When the Whistle Blew and on Tyler Childers 2020 album Long Violent History. He is also a visual artist whose work captures mountain history and music.
Hubby Jenkins (Intermediate/Advanced Banjo: Southern American Banjo Styles) is a dynamic multi-instrumentalist and singer from Brooklyn, New York. As a young musician, he discovered the Delta blues of Skip James and Bukka White and from there began exploring the contribution of African-American musicians to country blues, ragtime, old time and jazz. He performed with the Carolina Chocolate Drops from 2010 to 2016 and later with the Rhiannon Giddons Band, two groups which have played a major role in the revival of the Black string band tradition. Hubby has also toured widely as a solo artist at festivals and concert houses including the Library of Congress Homegrown concert series and the IBMA Bluegrass Live! Festival. He can be heard on the Chocolate Drops’ 2012 Grammy-nominated album Leaving Eden. His self-titled solo album was released in 2016 and his EP The Fourth Day can be heard here.
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Don’t wait for CCMMS 2023 to start learning new tunes! Check out instructional videos for all levels below:
Randy Wilson teaches a great mountain tune for intermediate or advanced banjo students: