Steve Martin graces the cover of the Fretboard Journal #30 in a lengthy conversation about some of his favorite banjos, bluegrass music and the new album he has released with Edie Brickell. As part of that cover story, the FJ interviewed many of Martin’s associates and fellow banjo players, including John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Here, McEuen describes the very first time the NGDB played “King Tut” in front of an audience. Order the Fretboard Journal by subscribing here: http://www.fretboardjournal.com/subscribe
Hot Club of Cowtown can be heard on this week’s show, which was recorded on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We had a lot of questions for Hot Club guitarist & vocalist Whit Smith about the positively ancient looking guitar amp he carries with him - which he was happy to answer. The incredible tone Whit gets during his performance comes courtesy of his 1937 Gibson EH-150 amplifier.
And also, his fingers.
Seriously though, there’s no denying that this is a very special amp. The “EH,” in case you were wondering, stands for “Electro-Hawaiian,” as these were marketed as steel guitar amps in their day. And even though it’s a little worse for the wear on the outside, the inside is about as clean as it gets.
Earle Hartzell works at a belt sander at the C.F. Martin factory making Martin ukuleles circa 1925. A batch of ukuleles sit on the table to the right waiting to be completed. These ukuleles have the larger ‘Ditson’ dreadnaught shape. Martin made ukuleles for the Ditson company around that time.