LISTEN: Stephen Wade’s Banjo Diary

The roots music expert’s latest album is finger-picking good

Steven Wade's new CD Banjo Diary Lessons from Tradition. (Smithsonian Folkways)
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It’s hard to think of anyone who knows more about the banjo than Stephen Wade, the roots music expert who has played, studied and evangelized the instrument for five decades. He developed the one-man song-and-dance theatrical show Banjo Dancing (and performed it at the White House in 1979). On his debut CD for Smithsonian Folkways, Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition, released in September, Wade passes on what he has learned from a lifetime of seeking out American music at its roots, from his native Chicago to deep in the Appalachians.

About Leah Binkovitz
Leah Binkovitz

Leah Binkovitz is a Stone & Holt Weeks Fellow at Washington Post and NPR. Previously, she was a contributing writer and editorial intern for the At the Smithsonian section of Smithsonian magazine.

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