Category: Banjo

3rd week on Billboard: Back up at #5!

Gangstagrass American Music: week 3 on Billboard Bluegrass charts

Guys, it’s so validating. Thanks to all our fans.

Second week on the charts!

To celebrate our second week on the Billboard bluegrass charts, here’s a video of me rehearsing/recording some banjo for the album! (If I had known that 2200 people were gonna watch me in the studio I woulda put on more of a tight show!)

Check out this video from the American Music sessions! Here Dan "Danjo" Whitener lays down his famous banjo playing. …

Posted by Gangstagrass on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Also, did you know there is a secret surprise when you buy the physical copy of American Music?

We’re on the charts!

Here’s the chart for posterity!

American Music is out!

American Music

You can be the proud owner of the latest installment in the Song of Bluegrass and Hip-Hop book series that the New York Times calls “better than Game of Thrones. Seriously, they come out with a new album more reliably than George Railroad Martin (his real name), and when they promise dragons, Gangstagrass delivers dragons.”

And indeed, there are dragons in our newest album. And political intrigue! And swords, and each of us has a pet wolf.

But I’m preaching to the choir! Y’all must have already preordered your copies, or stolen them from the warehouse in Harlan where we get them printed up, so you know exactly how many dragons there are or aren’t.

For the rest of you, though, there’s only one way to get your hands on the album people have been calling “the Iron Throne of Westeros” – well, I guess there are several ways, but this one works just fine. Click on it!

PS for the Bardians out there: This album features both Dan Whitener ’09 & Soul Khan ’07! On the same track, even!

Playing with the Rogue Diplomats at Musikfest

Is it too late for Throwback Thursday? Had a blast playing with the Rogue Diplomats for a song or two during Musikfest.

The Rogue Diplomats featuring Gangstagrass

Three New Banjo Videos – Dan Whitener

This weekend and last weekend I spent some time recording some songs, including the following banjo tracks:

Shooting Star – Dan Whitener original tune, available in On the Tracks.

Cluck Old Hen – Traditional tune played with Dave Gross.

Clare de Lune (intro) – Suite bergamesque, 3rd movt, by Claude Debussy.

Share and enjoy!

Hole in the Floor of the Plane – Blue Plate Special

New Video from Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special got together this past weekend to shoot some videos. Here’s a behind-the-scenes image from the shoot and the first video (with more to come!):

Gangstagrass at Grey Fox

Playing the Main Stage at Grey Fox 2014

Playing the Main Stage at Grey Fox 2014
Photo by Eileen Kern

Click for the full 166 photo album – Photos as credited.

At Grey Fox 2014 – Yesterday


This picture was taken moments before I played on the main stage at Grey Fox for the first time.
More to come. And we’re playing again tonight at 10:15 at the dance tent.

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