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Blame it on the Banjo(s): A Brief History of the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor©*

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013

  Banjo #1: It was June, 1979, and Marv and Dawn Menzel were enjoying “such a nice life.” Marv and a partner had a small manufacturing business, and Dawn was holding down the home front and taking care of their three children. Marv saw a newspaper ad announcing an intensive eight-week class for 5-string banjos. Eight weeks later, Marv was spending most of his free time in the basement...

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