A performance from the 2016 CA Banjo Extravaganza, with Bill Evans, Joe Newberry, and Danny Barnes, and an all-star band of Sharon Gilchrist, Chad Manning, John Reischman, and Jim Nunally.
by Dan Gabel
November 22, 2016
The fifth annual California Banjo Extravaganza featured Peghead Nation banjo instructor Bill Evans and this year's guests Joe Newberry and Danny Barnes headlining six concerts and hosting a Banjo Mini-Camp in November.
The tour stopped at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California for a full day of banjo camps, followed by a great show. In this video, Joe Newberry plays and sings the traditional song “The Train That Carried My Girl from Town” with Bill and Danny, and with the Extravaganza's all-star band, including Peghead Nation instructors Chad Manning and Sharon Gilchrist, along with mandolin great John Reischman and guitar master Jim Nunally.
The song dates back to the early 1900’s, with Piedmont blues songwriter and musician Frank Hutchinson recording the track in 1926. Influential versions by Ola Belle Reed, Doc Watson, and Wade Mainer followed, and the song has been a popular selection in bluegrass and old-time circles since.
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