What Is a “Deep Dive”? Tony Trischka Meets Earl Scruggs at Belleville, Saturday 22Oct22.

Tony Trischa was always nothing if not thorough. He has appeared on Hillbilly at Harvard several times over the decades, always an affable, mild-mannered fellow whose understated mastery was always omnipresent. Is it something about banjo players? Bill Keith was like that. And so of course was Earl Scruggs. Guitarists tend to the flamboyant. Not banjoists.

“During COVID, Trischka did a deep dive into Scruggs’ music, first transcribing every Scruggs solo from a tape he had received from Scruggs’ son,” writes Carol Feingold in the press release below. If that sounds ineffably scholarly, just wait. Banjo players like Tony hide a wellspring of exciting music, and I expect you’ll hear it. Wonderful to learn that Tony Trischka is still out leading the banjo world, still playing bluegrass. Here’s the release:

Banjo legend Tony Trischka to perform at Belleville Stage

Belleville Roots Music presents “the father of modern bluegrass” Tony Trischka and his Deep Dive Earl Scruggs Show at the Belleville Stage, 300 High St., Newburyport, on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

“Known as the father of modern bluegrass,” according to the NY Times, Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the Roots music world. He has achieved legendary status in his 50 plus years as a consummate artist. He created his Deep Dive Earl Scruggs Show as a tribute to the man who inspired him to take up the banjo, Earl Scruggs.

“Earl is my North Star, a lifetime pathway,” Trischka said. “The depth of his genius becomes ever more apparent when I transcribe his solos, which I’ve been doing my entire musical life and with renewed vigor. Discovering new twists and turns in his playing is pure joy and in fact the inspiration for this tribute show.”

During COVID, Trischka did a deep dive into Scruggs’ music, first transcribing every Scruggs solo from a tape he had received from Scruggs’ son. He then learned them and put together a great band to play the material. On the Belleville Stage Trischka’s Deep Dive Earl Scruggs Show will feature Michael Daves, Maddie Witler, Brittany Haas, and Jared Engel.

A Grammy nominee, Trischka has received multiple awards and was recently inducted into the American Banjo Museum’s Hall of Fame. He has recorded and performed with Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, William S. Burroughs, The Allman Brothers, Alison Kraus, Miley Cyrus, Van Dyke Parks, and many more. He has inspired generations of acoustic musicians with his technical and conceptual advances.

He produced Steve Martin’s Rare Bird Alert, featuring Paul McCartney and The Chicks, and was the musical director and associate producer of PBS’s The Banjo Project. In 2019, he made his Grand Ole Opry debut and celebrated the 10 year anniversary of his Tony Trischka School of Banjo on the ArtistWorks platform, the online banjo home for students around the world. . .

Belleville Roots Music concerts are held at the Belleville Stage, 300 High St., Newburyport, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at door; $10 for ages 18 and under. Current COVID-19 protocols will be followed. For more information, email bellevilleroots@gmail.com or visit http://www.bellevilleroots.org.

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