Banjo maker Jim Hartel shows us old banjos, derived from instruments made by African slaves, plays the minstrel tune “Jim Along Josie,” and tells about turn-of-the-century banjo models and playing styles. Bonus video from the MUSIC episode. PBS premiere November 20, 2015. (check local listings.)
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