(JUST ARRIVED) Our coolest new FIVE String banjo! The most exciting player to come along in a long time is Danny Barnes. We’ve enjoyed his playing with Tim O’Brien, The Bad Livers, and his recent collaboration with Robert Earl Keen. We’ve also enjoyed his individual experimentation with synthesizer gadgets and ambient barnyard electronics. He’s fun! We are proud that has chosen to play and endorse Bishline banjos from our pal Rob Bishline in Tulsa, OK. He’s taken an old instrument to new and exciting heights.
As Mark Twain said: “A gentleman is a person who is able to play the banjo but doesn’t”
I do not think that quote will upset our pal Danny in the least.
So…we’ve got one!
What is it? Thanks for asking. It’s a Bishline Danny Barnes, flathead 5-string banjo with mahogany neck, flamed maple binding and figured mahogany resonator. It’s a very special banjo – designed for deep woody tone and amplified settings – even concert level volume in large venues. (It has a specially-selected L.R. Baggs bridge pickup installed by Rob Bishline). It has a slightly shorter scale, black powder-coated flange and hoop, and is light weight and sounds amazing!
We had ours built with MOP diamonds instead of the standard “dot” inlays. We’re so fancy….
It looks fantastic. It sounds fantastic. It plays GREAT.. You might have a banjo. You might have several banjo…and you might be a gentleman…but you don’t have anything like this!
Bishline Danny Barnes Mahogany SN # 1513
AMW Price: $3,470 with Bishline case
Danny Barnes is the 2015 recipient of the sixth annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. The prize comes with an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 as well as a bronze sculpture created specifically for the prize by artist Eric Fischl.
From Danny: “The day that package came from Steve, I had gotten up at like 4am when it’s real quiet and I can get recording done. When FedEx came, I was kind of preoccupied. I saw that it was from Steve and thought, ‘Oh cool… he’s sent me one of his records.’” Barnes said in an interview with Bluegrass Today. “But then I thought… ‘Hey, I never gave him my address.’ I had met Steve earlier this year at a show with the Steep Canyon Rangers, and we got to talk a little bit, but I didn’t remember giving him my address. When I opened it up and saw what it was, I was completely stunned. I was speechless. I’ve never won anything, and it amazes me that anyone knows what I am doing.”