JOEL HOOKS, BANJOIST.

BANJO PLAYING FROM THE 19TH CENTURY.

Hello, my name is Joel, and I play the banjo.  I know, the first thing that comes to mind is the rural American stereotype.  But that is not me, or the style I play.  I play in the styles that were popular during the mid-late 19th century.  Carefully researched and recreated, the music I play comes directly from the source. I pay particular attention to documented techniques of the greats.  A lot of the music I play comes from Frank B. Converse, James Buckley and S. S. Stewart.  Modern banjo playing (“clawhammer,” “Scruggs”) came from these styles. 

So have a look around. I hope you enjoy this site and my music.  This is a work in progress and is not complete.  Check back as I make revisions and additions.

We are living in the present.  This is the 19th century.  Dreamers of  ‘ye olden time’ have no place in it.”

-S. S. Stewart Banjo and Guitar Journal, Oct.-Nov. 1889.

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Updated 11.28.2015