A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn't.— Mark Twain
Delighting Banjo quotations
Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?
I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.
I want you to hear a new version of Dueling Banjos. Anyone else is welcome.
Drum on your drums, batter on your banjos, sob on the long cool winding saxophones. Go to it, O jazzmen.
A banjo will get you through times of no money, but money won't get you through times of no banjo
Belief? What do I believe in? I believe in sun.
In rock. In the dogma of the sun and the doctrine of the rock. I believe in blood, fire, woman, rivers, eagles, storm, drums, flutes, banjos, and broom-tailed horses.
The banjo is such a happy instrument--you can't play a sad song on the banjo - it always comes out so cheerful.
My grandfather played a mandolin, so I got my hands on that.
Then on down to a banjo, and I found I couldn't play any kind of soft or mournful music with that so I took up the fiddle in my late 20s or early 30s - and that was far too late. But it keeps me off the streets. It has been a love of mine since I was 17 maybe.
The piano may do for love-sick girls who lace themselves to skeletons, and lunch on chalk, pickles and slate pencils, but give me the banjo.
I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar.
Set your guitars and banjos on fire and before you write a song smoke a pack of whiskey and it'll all take care of itself.
Can you tell the difference between them?
This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.
The banjo am the instrument for me.
When we moved back to the US, folk music was all the rage. So I traded in my banjo for a guitar.
I didn't realize until I was older what a huge music fan my daddy really was, and actually that my grandma played banjo at one time, and I didn't even know that until a year or two ago.
Nothing says 'dropping out of society' like learning the banjo.
I think it is very ironic that most people think that the banjo is a southern white instrument. It came from Africa and even for the first years that white people played banjo they would put on blackface.
I suppose, counting back, if the Beatles had been influenced by music in the same length of time ago - you'd have to put that into better English for me, thank you - they would have been like a banjo orchestra. They would have been doing show tunes.
I went to my room and packed a change of clothes, got my banjo, and started walking down the road. Soon I found myself on the open highway headed east.
The real beauty of it - key to my life was playing key chords on a banjo.
For somebody else it may be a golf club that mom and dad put in their hands or a baseball or ballet lessons. Real gift to give to me and put it in writing.
I think I'm getting better at being verbal.
I used to have a lot of problems with it. I had my own little demons that I was fighting, and I used the banjo as an escape.
Grab a guitar, put some kind of strings on it, a banjo string, then a violin string, then a guitar string, tune it any way you want, and make some noise, and see what you get. And work on it until you get something that you think is interesting. That's all there is to art for me.
I feel sorry for little babies... When a little baby is born into this cold world, he's confused! He's frightened! He needs something to cheer him up... The way I see it, as soon as a baby is born, he should be issued a banjo!
What I'm worrying about is what Tom is going to say when he starts talking.
" "Uncle Tom?" "I wish there was something else you could call him except 'Uncle Tom,' " Aunt Dahlia said a little testily. "Every time you do it, I expect to see him turn black and start playing the banjo.
It took me the bulk of my twenties to write one book about a family of alligator wrestlers. Whereas somebody like Steve Martin is releasing his latest banjo symphony, having just completed another movie and acclaimed, best-selling novel.
I've heard of people stopping their cars, having car wrecks, all kinds of things. But most of the banjo players I know had that moment when they heard Earl Scruggs. So, for me, it transcends the technique. It's the musician in him and his personality, his musical personality, such great taste, such great technique, very, very creative.
My first stringed instrument was a cigar box banjo where I cut and turned the pegs and strung the wires myself.
As I try to get around with a guitar, a banjo and a suitcase of high heels and dresses, I treasure that little ukulele.
When I got out of school, I spent two years just hitchhiking around.
Every time I met some old farmer who could play banjo, I got him to teach me a lick or two. Little by little, I put it together.
I was 16 when I came to New York. I had graduated to a tenor banjo in the school jazz band, and it was kind of boring - just chords, chords, chords. Then my father took me to a mountain music and dance festival in Asheville, North Carolina, and there I saw relatively uneducated people playing great music by ear.
Andy Johnson was literally banjoed out of the game
I just loved the guitar when it came along.
I loved it. The banjo was something I really liked, but when the guitar came along, to me that was my first love in music.