Archive for October, 2010
  • Good friends.. HWY 411 Band visit Sullivan Banjo Co.
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 30th, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    Our very good friends Wayne and Betty Howell from Ranger, GA stopped in today here at Sullivan Banjo Co. and brought with them some friends and family.  Wayne and crew are also known all around Georgia as the HWY 411 Band.  Pictured from left to right, Patricia Brock (sings), Wayne Howell (plays guitar and sings), Jeff Sullivan of Sullivan Banjo Co., Betty Howell (upright bass), Lindsay Johnson (family member, dosen't play but biggest fan & expected mother to be..), Marica Johnson (si...
  • Sullivan Banjo’s Murrell and Tony Show… Part 1
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 29th, 2010 at 9:19 am
      From time to time here at the Sullivan Banjo Co. we take a break from our building and pick just a little just to make sure we have our banjos dialed in and sounding the way we want them. Our very own "resident banjo pickers" Murrell Thixton and Tony Wray got together and picked a tune on a Mahogany Sullivan Vintage 35 and our original prewar Gibson Flathead  "Myrtle".  Our prewar flathead sets the standard by which our vintage 35 programs is graded against.    Here they're picki...
  • Good friend, Pavel Kristufek from Prague Czech Republic visits Sullivan Banjo Co.
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 28th, 2010 at 10:21 pm
    Our very good friend Pavel Kristufek from the Prague Czech Republic stopped by the Sullivan Banjo factory today to say hello and had to check out the new Sullivan Vintage 35 Banjo. Pavel gave it a good playing and liked what he heard. Pavel is also a member of the Country Cocktail Bluegrass Band in Prague Czech Republic, you can get his contact info by visiting his website at
  • Murrell Thixton of Sullivan Banjo Co. goes Country!!
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 27th, 2010 at 9:08 am
    Most of the time here on the Sullivan Banjo site you hear our very own Murrell Thixton playing some good old Bluegrass banjo tunes. Today local musician Steve Jones stopped by the shop and talked Murrell into playing a Keith Whitley classic, "Don’t Close Your Eyes”.  Steve on the guitar and Murrell on the banjo teamed up for a really awesome song. If your ever in the area, come on by the shop we would love to visit with you. First Quality Music on Saturday, October 23, 2010.  Stev...
  • Sullivan Vintage 35 Mahogany – vs – Original Pre-War Flathead
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 26th, 2010 at 9:00 am
    Good friends Dennis Marcum and Steve Coffman of Columbus, IN were down here at the Sullivan Factory and wanted to test drive the new Vintage 35 Banjo. Dennis was real curious how the sound compaired to our original 1930's Gibson flathead,  needless to say we think Dennis was pretty impressed.  For more information on the Sullivan line of banjos contact information is located on the Dealers page on ...
  • Sullivan Artist Jack Hicks – What’s New
    by Murrell Thixton
    Posted October 25th, 2010 at 9:02 am
    I was speaking on the phone with Sullivan Banjo sponsored artist Jack Hicks and I thought I'd fill folks in on the latest happenings.   Currently Jack has been filling in some dates with Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain.  Melvin (surviving brother of Ray Goins of the Goins Brothers)  hails from the Ashland area and is a Kentucky legand that has been on the national bluegrass scene for over 50 years.    Jack said lately they've been doing about 5 dates per week and the date book cont...
  • Sullivan Banjo Employee Spotlight – Tony Wray
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 23rd, 2010 at 9:19 am
        Today we'd like to introduce to you our very own "Banjo Yoda"  Tony Wray.  Tony was born and raised in Peru, Indiana where at age 13 he began learning the guitar and banjo by studying old jazz recordings.   Quickly developing his craft at age 17, Tony moved to Missouri to work with the Ezelle Family for a year and then on to the Shepherd of The Hills play in Branson where he would spend the next 2 years.  1999 would find Tony in Nashville, Tennessee where he  wo...
  • Dealer Spotlight – Morgan Music
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 21st, 2010 at 8:55 pm
      Sullivan Banjo Co. is proud to spotlight Morgan Music of Lebanon, MO.  Alvin Deskins and crew have been a premier dealer of fine instrumetns since 1978.  Morgan Music has just moved into their newly built facility an will celebrate their Grand Opening Event on Oct 29th and 30th  2010.   Alvin's depth of knowledge of banjos ranging from Pre-War's to modern day instruements is invaluable when selecting your next banjo, you won't go wrong in dealing with Morgan Music.  Make sure an...
  • Dealer Spotlight – Janet Davis Music Company
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 21st, 2010 at 9:38 am
    Janet Davis Music was established in 1976 and is known around the world for quality instruments, expert advise, sales and service.  Janet is a great asset to the banjo community.  She has written numerous books on the 5-string banjo, is a columnist with the Banjo Newsletter and also teaches.  To view Janet's Profile click here. Janet Davis Music is located in Bella Vista, Arkansas, if you are traveling close by or live in the area be sure to go by and see Janet, Jim and the crew and test...
  • Sullivan Banjo – Banjo Hangout Collaborative Banjo
    by Jeff Sullivan
    Posted October 20th, 2010 at 10:14 am
    Eric Sullivan had the Banjo Hangout banjo with him at this years IBMA.  Lots of folks took time to stop over, give it a look see and put some picks on the strings.  Give a listen and see what you think.  It's a dandy, there's going to be a happy Hangout member real soon! To see some work in progress pictures check out our earlier blogs by clicking here.  If you want to follow and read up on the project on the Banjo Hangout click here. Banjo Hangout plans on giving this banjo away in December...
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