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.
We are happy to feature the Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien on the Banjo Studio podcast. Tim grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music.
We recently sat down to talk with 5-string banjo legend Tony Trischka. Tony has been a pioneer in progressive bluegrass and 5-string banjo for decades. He has won numerous awards and has pushed the banjo into new territories.