the young banjo picker named above first emailed me I was
glad to hear about yet one more who had been influenced by
the "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" albums, and was
led to a path in music. When he sent me examples of that influence
it was obvious he had studied his lessons well. Fast, smooth,
and playing with ease that showcases his love of the instrument.
Todd gives a well played demonstration of several styles that
have influenced him, as well as his own sounds coming in to
early in his music career at this recording, he has developed
some lightning fast single string licks as well as some unusual
song choices and unique arrangements for the banjo. Todd has
reached out to other forms of music to arrange some tunes
- like Stairway to Heaven - in a way that strangely fits the
banjo well...(Stairway almost sounds like the classical banjo
of the 19th century.) Some of the tunes have licks that remind
me of early Don Remo, played fast and with an abandon that
makes it seem like Todd must be fun to watch play live.
together, this is a fine collection of song choices and arrangements
for those who love to hear a banjo. When you listien to it
you can tell this is a picker who loves to play and does it
very well. I am sure Mark Twain Would agree that Todd's music
fulfills his description of music.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
you want genuine music - music that will come right home
to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strichnine
whisky, go right through you like Brandreth's pills, ramify
your whole constitution like the measles, and break out
on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose,
- when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke
the glory-beaming banjo!"
San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle, 6/23/1865
Taylor Made direct from Todd