Personalities | Bill Keith | Bluegrass | Country
(Banjo, pedal steel guitar, b. 1939)
Keith grew up in Boston, but he fell in love with bluegrass and mastered the Scruggs roll so well that he could play fast, fluid fiddle tunes on the banjo. He founded a duo with college roommate Jim Rooney (vocals, guitar, b. 1938) and in 1963 joined Bill Monroe. Keith went on to become a much-in-demand session musician and new-acoustic-music pioneer, recording with Judy Collins, Jonathan Edwards, Jim Kweskin, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and others.
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