Ben Eldridge is one of the most beloved and influential bluegrass banjo players of his generation. Here he plots the course of a kid from Richmond, VA who fell in love with hillbilly music watching the Old Dominion Barn Dance. He moved to the Washington, DC area after college to work as a mathematician and played for fun at jam sessions. A string of unlikely events led to the creation of the supergroup Seldom Scene in 1971, a progressive band that changed the course of bluegrass music. Here are Ben’s recollections, some sage advice, key licks and 23 pathbreaking solos. Plenty to dig into for the serious Ben Eldridge banjo fan – and anyone who loves a good story.