Sad news indeed. I didn't know he'd been a national champion, but it's not surprising -- he really could make the banjo sing, as witness his playing on many of the "Early Dawg" cuts, and some of David Bromberg ("New Lee Highway Blues" comes to mind). He very patiently walked me through the chord changes to "Little Rock Getaway" sometime back in the 1970s, after putting on a terrific show as part of a series "Lightning Ridge Concerts" produced by his brother Rick in the Montpelier VT area. -- Paul
He joyously felt himself idling, an unreflective mood in which water was water, sky was sky, breeze was breeze. He knew it couldn't last. -- Thomas McGuane, "Nothing but Blue Skies"