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Caffe Lena 60 Episode 39 1998

Bill Keith
Bill Keith

A musician who contributed to the development of the banjo and a way of playing that bears his name, and a band named after a piece of road leading out of Boston.

This is episode 39 of Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song. Thank you to Sarah at the Caffe for the list of songs and artists for this feature.

How do you know you brought about change in music? Bill Keith made significant stylistic development to the banjo and introduced a way of playing that would later be called “Keith Style”. He also invented the Keith tuning peg, which became the primary product of his own company - The Beacon Banjo Company, which is now run by his son.

Mile Twelveis made up of five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass. They got their name from the mile marker that sits on Boston’s southern border on I-93. It is a road sign they have passed countless times when heading out on tour. We’ve seen them at the Caffe, and other venues around the 518.

Caffe Lena: 60 Years of Song, a production of WEXT Radio.

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