Tony Ellis

Only recently have I learned of the wondrous compositions of this former Bluegrass Boy.  Tony Ellis considered himself fortunate to be hired by Bill Monroe when just turning 20 years old in 1960.  After his 2 year stint Tony raised a family, moved from his North Carolina home to Tennessee and then to Ohio.  He began working on the banjo in a new way -- remembering the tunings of his grandmother's old-time banjo style.  Tony began composing several tunes in double C tuning and you'll hear the pure goodness and simplicity in them.  I hope to add several more tunes to this jukebox as I listen more and arrange Tony's 3-finger picking for my clawhammer style.

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