5-string resonator banjos are the preferred banjo for bluegrass. A resonator is the back part of a banjo. Not all banjos have resonators. A banjo resonator reflects the sound produced from a banjo out towards the player's audience making it louder and brighter than an openback banjo.
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.