Openback banjos have a mellower sound than resonator banjos because much of the sound produced from the banjo goes into the players body. These type of banjos are preferred by clawhammer / frailing players for old time Appalachain music.
Openback banjos are also lighter in weight than resonator banjos as they do not feature a heavy metal flange to hold the resonator on.
Raised in Lafayette, Louisiana but based in New Orleans, Doug Belote is one of the most in demand drummers on the scene today. He has played or recorded with too many musicians to name but some of these include Jerry Douglas, Derrick Trucks, Dr. John, JohnOates, Robben Ford, Charlie Hunter, Anders Osborne, Ryan Cavanaugh, and many more (including yours truly). Doug can play anything, from the most avant garde jazz to a rock solid train beat.
Take a listen to Doug's musical story, some of his concept about locking in a groove but playing in the cracks, as well as one of the most hillarious stories about how he got hired to be Jerry Douglas' (the dobro player) drummer and how he thought he was trying out for the Jerry Reed gig!
We're glad to feature shredding 5-string banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh back on the Banjo Studio podcast as we reboot our podcast in this 1st episode of Season 2. Ryan just released a fantastic record called Ryan Cavanaugh Screams Electric with his New Orleans based jazz fusion trio. We get into the process of making this record as well as a number of other topics.