Derek Krogh

Derek Krogh: Banjonator

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Artist: Derek Krogh

Artist: Derek Krogh
Title: Banjonator

A diverse blend of catchy original tunes and hot playing, Banjonator is the new release from San Francisco Bay Area banjo player, Derek Krogh. Mixing acoustic and electric five-string banjo, the music runs the gamut from classic and progressive bluegrass to rock, jazz and classical. It features an awesome array of Bay Area musicians including: James Nash (Waybacks), Chris Kee (Houston Jones), Ken Owen (Peter Rowan, Jim Compilongo), Roger Powell (Todd Rundgren), Jeff Buenz (Viva Brasil, Stanley Turrentine), Kristen Strom (Nuclear Whales), and Mary Pitchford (Sam Bevan, Gawain Mathews). REVIEWS Superban(! Derek Krogh, who was a member of Back in the Saddle, a prominent group in the Bay area in the late Seventies, actually began playing the banjo in 1963 but he didn't release an album of his own until Banjomatic in 2004. Banjonator, the sequel, leads off conventionally enough with "Cripple Creek" but two tracks later Krogh straps on an electric banjo and, with the support of organ, bass and drums, offers up "Riptide," a terrific bluegrass surf music tune. Other tracks that stand out for their originality are "Fandango," which features a string quartet, and "Pedal to the Metal," a rockin' good tune that features ex-Todd Rundgren associate, Roger Powell, on organ. That still leaves room for several good jams, and a couple of breezy jazz compositions. - Paul E. Comeau © 2010 Interesting project - Not for the bluegrass purist Derek Krogh is a banjo picker from the San Francisco Bay Area. Although this latest project has some bluegrass content, it may not appeal to many bluegrass purists. Derek is featured on both the acoustic and electric banjo often accompanied by saxophone, organ, drums or cello. Several tracks including "Cripple Creek," "Livewire," and "Down East" utilize basic bluegrass instrumentation. However, most other tracks are heavily electrified. Banjonator is certainly an interesting project, but will probably appeal more to those not afraid to explore the unusual. Bluegrass Unlimited July 2010 Diverse, Progressive San Francisco-based banjo player, Derek Krogh, has released "Banjonator" (his previous 2003 release was titled "Banjomatic"). This diverse selection of acoustic and electric 5-string tunes (backed by a full-size band) run the gamut from classic to progressive bluegrass, to rock, jazz and classical. Banjo Newsletter October 2009.

1.1 Cripple Creek
1.2 Hop-Scotch
1.3 Riptide
1.4 Triple Play
1.5 On the Edge
1.6 Livewire
1.7 Over Easy
1.8 Fandango
1.9 Swing Shift
1.10 Way Gone
1.11 Irish Spring
1.12 Pedal to the Metal
1.13 Down East
1.14 Espresso
1.15 Last Call

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