Monday, December 18, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Here's a cell phone pix of Karen, Jay, and Mary Z (Aden not pictured) Screech Malone played the old time dance last Friday and Mary Z. sat in on banjo.
Lots of fun and good fiddle tunes!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
With the holidays coming fast, it's not too early to order "Lo Gordon Society" gear for your Cedar Mountain banjo enthusiast!
Go to this site to order T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and more!
I have the pink ladies shirt and the gray T too and they are high quality shirts with nice lotus flower design
Friday, November 10, 2006
Carroll sent me this photo that he snapped a couple weekends ago at Mary & Lo Gordon's home. Yes, that is my Cedar Mountain banjo that I am playing at the party. I also played it in the banjo contest and in the band contest.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Brian Hill sent me this old promo photo of a bluegrass band we were in over 35 years ago.
Boy were we ever young then! By the way, that's my Gibson RB250 when it was new. I still play it today as a clawhammer banjo and it still sounds great.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Here is a pix of Chip Arnold and me--still friends--after the old time banjo contest finals.
Joe Decosimo got first, I placed second, and Chip placed third. My blue ribbon is from the mountain dulcimer contest where I placed first.
The contest was well attended and the competition extremely well represented. I heard the other four finalist play--and wouldn't you know it--not a single one was having a bad day. They all sounded like first place to me.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Here is the sketch Chuck Lee sent of the rough outline of the peghead inlay. I can't wait to see the finished inlay. Chuck is such a wonderful artist. I love the way he came up with the basset hound floating on a cloud.
If you'd like to see some of Chuck's finished inlay and banjos--check him out at:
Friday, October 13, 2006
Mary Z. Cox: Walkin' That Banjo Home
Mary Z. Cox: A Secret Life Of Banjo
Mary Z. Cox: Banjo Dreamin' Suwannee Nights
Or just type in "Mary Z. Cox" in the search box on itunes
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
|Your Five Factor Personality Profile|
You have high extroversion.
You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.
You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.
Enthusiastic and fun, you're the first to say "let's go!"
You have medium conscientiousness.
You're generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
But you've been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.
You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.
You have medium neuroticism.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.
Openness to experience:
Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Hello, For all you itunes and ipod enthusiasts--I just put up a new imix of banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, vocals and more. It is here: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewIMix?id=191537307 Take a listen if you'd like. I tried to load up some of my favorites with a couple tunes of my own. :)
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Suwannee River, We Three Kings, Dinah, Shepherd's Wife Waltz, Rockin' In A Weary Land, Sweet Sunny South, Song Of the Chanter, Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss, Winder Slide, Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground, John Stinson's # 2, Hangman's Reel, Big Scioty, Going Back to Cairo, Light the Torch Jeannette Isabella/Good Christian Men Rejoice
If you happened to download the CD in itunes, you may not be aware that the tab book exists. :)
There is a nice form letter in the back to encourage your spouse to support your new banjo purchases as well as some nice playing and historical notes and pictures.
Check out this month's (September) Banjo Newsletter for a review of the CD and tab book.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Mary Z. and Bob Cox
Time: Saturday, October 7, 2006 from 10:00 AM--12:00 Noon (Mountain Dulcimer) and 1:30--3:30 PM (Old Time Banjo)
Registration: Call the
at 386-397-1920 to register and pay class fee.
Come to the workshops and stay on for the
Cracker Coffeehouse that evening.
Don’t miss out on all the fun—sign up soon!
Mountain Dulcimer 101
Have a mountain dulcimer and want to get started?
Here’s a two hour introduction to Appalachian style playing
with the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon Days mountain dulcimer champ.
Come tuned in DAD and be ready to have some fun learning to
play a simple first tune to get you started.
This is a fun instrument and easy to play—especially if you
have ever played another instrument. Limited to 12 students.
$20 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
Old Time Banjo 101
Here’s a two hour “hands on” workshop to the old time banjo. If you have a functional five string banjo and want to get started on a frailing motion with your right hand and begin a simple old time tune with your left—this is the workshop for you. If you are a beginner, but still need help with the basics—this is for you too. J Please come with your banjo tuned in open G. (gDGBD) and ready to have some fun. Limited to 12 students. $20
Mary Z. Cox – is a banjoholic with 12 banjos. When forced to stop buying banjos, Mary entered clawhammer contests and won two top-notch banjos in one year as prizes. She’s been playing since she was 12 and is a past
Mary Z. is also a dulcimaniac with 7 mountain dulcimers, a past
Monday, August 14, 2006
I had forgotten what a pretty tone this dulcimer has. It is rosewood and western cedar.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Here's a link to more of my imixes at Apple itunes. Take a listen--its really kind of fun putting them together. It's about a 103 outside--so I have to stay inside so I am trying something new. :)
Here's a snapshot of a very large Luna Moth that visited on the screen of the bathroom window in the log cabin this summer. It was pretty warm in the mountains too. :)
Monday, July 31, 2006
We can't make it to Clifftop this year--maybe next year. Here we are heading into the dog days of August and it is plenty hot in Tallahassee. Since we can't go to West Virginia, Donna Germano suggested I put together some imixes for itunes.
Here is one called "Southern summer porches." I mixed some of my old time banjo tunes with some other good picking--the type of music you might hear on a summer night rolling off the back porches in the deep south--old time banjo, blues, folk rock--definitely good sounds. :)
If you use itunes--go take a listen and see what you think. :)
Here's the link:
Friday, July 28, 2006
Here's a couple shots of Lo Gordon and I recording a banjo duet when we visited Brevard in July. We recorded on two Cedar Mountain banjos and hope to have the tune on our next CD.
We are wearing the new Cedar Mountain T-shirts which are awesome and I bet Lo will have them for sale at Clifftop. :)
Here is a link to Lo's banjo site
I have a beautiful A2 with the rosewood rim and tone ring and the mountain ginseng on the peg head. While in North Carolina, I got to play a friend's Cedar Mountain A scale. He had it tuned regular and capoed up to D--so I took the capo off and tuned it right up into double D--and boy did that banjo punch up there with no capo. It was awesome!