Béla Fleck’s Journey from Jewish Child in New York to World’s Best Banjoist

In this fascinating little interview with Forward, banjo master Béla Fleck explains his unlikely journey from a Jewish child in New York’s Upper West Side trying to learn the guitar or French horn to the champion of an instrument so deeply associated with the American South. Part of the answer? The Beverly Hillbillies, of course. Read it in advance of his rare solo set at Big Ears 2019.

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