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Washtub bass

It’s Killington, Vermont, 1961 and I’m 14. I am watching The Shanty Boys play at Mike Cohen’s Trailside base camp. Mike, brother of John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers, is on guitar. Roger Sprung picks his iconic gold hearts-and-flowers Mastertone banjo, grinning like WC Fields. On the first washtub bass I’d ever seen […]

Welcome to the Austin Pickin Ranch

Ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls, children of all ages, and music lovers everywhere: From Austin, Texas (the live music capitol of the world), it’s the Austin Pickin Ranch. Yes, the Austin Pickin Ranch, where you can pick it too, and music dreams come true. So, settle back and enjoy Instructo-tainment at its […]