As musical instruments go, the banjo has a real image problem. Sure, it has a long history in America's early folk and popular music; Stephen Foster's narrator in "Oh Susanna" even had one on his knee when he came from Alabama. The banjo also played a workmanlike accompanying role in ragtime and early jazz, and it's an essential ingredient in bluegrass. But in the minds of most present-day folks, the banjo conjures up images of minstrel shows, that creepy... More >>>