The first record I ever owned on vinyl was Roy Clark and Buck Trent’s Banjo Bandits. (Excellent record. Hokey, silly, bouncy, double banjo nirvana complete with bluegrass piano.) Roy Clark and Buck Trent eventually led me to Hee Haw, which gave me hours of entertainment and caused hundreds of that-joke-was-so-so-bad facepalms. The music, though, was first rate — and the ratio of banjos to literally everything else was exactly as high as it should be. Check out these amazing best banjo-y Hee Haw moments.
Jimmy Henley and Roy Clark — “Orange Blossom Special”
Stringbean and Grandpa Jones — “Little Liza Jane”
Roy Clark and Bobby Thompson — “Bury Me Beneath the Willow”
The world needs more double banjo. Full stop.
Cathy Barton — “Redwing”
Now here’s some clawhammer! “Redwing” is a simple tune, but it’s executed expertly and tastefully. Cathy Barton still plays and teaches today, and she tours with her husband Dave Para.
Grandpa Jones, Roni Stoneman, Buck Trent, Roy Clark, Bobby Thompson — “Pretty Little Bird”
Roy Clark & Buck Trent — “Dueling Banjos”