June 29, 2014 - The Internet rumor mill is an amazing thing. I've been inundated this weekend with emails asking whether I'm playing banjo with Springfield Exit. The answer is yes, I am playing banjo with Springfield Exit and our new CD on Patuxent Records should be out in a few months. I'll also be playing shows on guitar with Bill Emerson, unless Springfield Exit schedules a gig for the same date, in which case I'll be playing banjo with Springfield Exit. I'll keep a current schedule here on this website. ~Tom
Love Gone Cold
Banjo Tab for the Earl Scruggs solo in the late 1940s with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt.
Listen to the HTML5 Audio sample on which the tab is based
Tom with Norway's Earlybird Stringband on U.S. Tour
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Tom's inspirational banjo practice time poster
"How's It Sound?" can be printed at home on your choice of 8 1/2" x 11" paper and
posted conspicuously in your designated practice area. No matter what tune you're
playing or how long you've been a banjo player, you'll want to look to this poster
for inspiration each and every day. Great for use with a metronome and when practicing rolls.
Always in style, "How's It Sound?" is the question that you can answer every time.
Perfect for giving yourself a pop quiz when you least expect it, "How's It Sound?"
is suitable for framing. Makes a great gift! Use Landscape printing mode for maximum effect.
With all of the emphasis on practicing right-hand rolls and left-hand pull-offs, it's easy to overlook a key factor in whether your playing sounds good or not: Playing In Tune. Playing in tune is so basic that there's often little more attention paid to it than being told "get an electronic tuner". [continued]
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Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Based on the 1949 recording by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys,
here's a down-the-neck break that has all of the key ingredients of the Flatt & Scruggs original.
Tune your banjo up a fret to match the old Mercury record:
Bugle Call Rag
This video demonstrates three breaks plus the ending to Bugle Call Rag from the 1960 album "Foggy Mountain Banjo" by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys.
Includes the unique lick that starts the tune's 3rd break:
Based on the classic 1960 recording on the album "Foggy Mountain Banjo" by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys,
here's the intro, ending, and first break for Cripple Creek. Tune up to match the pitch of the original Columbia recording and get your bass player
to play the bass line like Jake Tullock!
Tom Adams and Russ Carson with their Gold Star GF-100W banjos at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.
IBMA AWARDS 2013
September 27, 2013 - Congratulations, Tom Adams, on receiving the 2013 IBMA award for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for
Foggy Mountain Rock, presented last evening at the 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh, NC.
The award-winning track features Tom playing his 1981 Gold Star banjo with Dan Tyminski - mandolin, Ron Stewart - fiddle, Dennis Crouch - bass, Clay Hess - guitar, and Randy Kohrs - dobro. The album Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs was released by Rounder Records in June 2012.