Four Seasons on Brick Kiln Road

In 2012 I published Four Seasons on Brick Kiln Road, an experimental book that explores a small corner of Crisfield, Maryland.

Brick Kiln Road is less than a mile. It takes your along salt marsh, a community dock and a small boat harbor. I walked this path every day for several years and I always took my camera. Eventually I realized that I had enough pictures to share this place through the seasons.

Four Seasons on Brick Kiln Road PDF

Brahim Aouit

Brahim Aouit from Marrakesh, Morocco contacted me today and shared these videos with me.

Sometimes talking into a camera day after day can make you wonder if anybody out there is listening. It was so cool to see and hear old time banjo adapted to the music and language of a place so far from Crisfield.

This made my day.

I hope all of you will take a moment to send me a clip of your music to share.

Easter Break

Howdy, folks!

I just wanted to let everybody know that we will be taking an Easter break Friday through Monday. We will be back with the next episode of The Daily Frail on Tuesday, 4/3/2018.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

God bless,

Folk Retreat Bottleneck Banjo Workshop!

I am really excited about hosting a bottleneck banjo workshop at the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

Will will be posting the place and time of the workshop once everybody arrives at the Retreat.

What you need to bring to the workshop:

  • Your banjo
  • A bottleneck or steel
  • An open mind and a can-do attitude!

You do not need to alter the setup of your banjo to play slide. I keep an extremely low action on all of my banjos and they all work great playing slide.

Shop around and try a few different types and styles of bottlenecks so that you can find the right slide for you and your banjo. Companies like DunlopErnie Ball and D’Addario make lots of different types and styles of slides at prices cheap enough that you could end up building a collection of different slides.

If you want a slide that doubles as a functional works of art, check out Diamond Bottlenecks, Rocky Mountain Slides or Silica Sound.

If you are playing lap-style, you may be more comfortable with a bullet slide or tone bar.

For myself, I like glass slides. When I first started playing slide banjo I used inexpensive medicine bottle replicas. Now I use an inexpensive heavy glass slide that is too big for my little finger but it sounds and feels so good to my ears . . . well, BAHA.

I really want to splurge and get myself one of those blown glass custom slides, but every time I go to order one I talk myself out of it. What I have works. Why mess with success?

Back to the workshop: in addition to a slide, you will get more out of our workshop time together if you already have a little bit of knowledge. Start out with my Frailing The Blues DVD and then work your way through the slide workshops that have been part of The Daily Frail for the past ten years or so.

I think slide is an amazing addition to any banjo player’s toolbox. While my main focus is on frailing banjo, any banjo player with a slide is welcome to take part in the workshop.

If you have any questions feel free to post in the comments, email me or call Dear Old Dad at (410) 968-3873.

I can’t wait to make music with you at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!