“A polished, nuanced social and cultural history” Victory Music
The banjo has been an emblem of American culture for centuries. Yet few realize the instrument’s complicated, checkered past, one that illuminates a fledgling nation coming into being.
Featuring such banjo greats as Béla Fleck, Earl Scruggs, and Taj Mahal, GIVE ME THE BANJO delves into the complex history of the banjo, from its origins in Africa and its development in early America to the present day. A wide variety of banjo experts—including music historians, instrument-makers, folklorists, and players of all styles—come together to tell the comprehensive history of the banjo, while also discussing the instrument’s influence on a vast array of musical styles, including ragtime, jazz, and country.
Narrated by banjo enthusiast Steve Martin, GIVE ME THE BANJO celebrates the fascinating history and the cultural richness of one of America’s most enduring instruments.
Big Sky Film Festival; Green Mountain Film Festival; Recipient, Silver Chris Award, Columbus Film & TV Festival; Official Selection, Raindance Film Festival; Official Selection, Hot Springs Documentary Festival; Official Selection, Tucson Film & Music Festival.
Cast:Steve Martin, Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Don Vappie, Abigail Washburn, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Tony Trischka
Crew:Marc Fields (producer), Tony Trischka (music director/co-producer), Tim Raycroft (editor/co-producer), Bruce Petschek(director of photography), Michael Kantor (executive producer), Mark Vega (executive producer)