James Mckinney – Banjo

James McKinney - BanjoJames McKinney is a true Master of the 5-string banjo. One of the most advanced players anywhere and a Scruggs and Reno style expert, James is also considered a leading expert in jazz and theory in the banjo world, having been mentored by renowned jazz educator, David Baker, and Mr. Henry Ferrel (teacher of Chet Atkins and Jethro Burns).

In his early days James played often with legends such as Bill Monroe, Vassar Clements, and John Hartford. James won the South U.S. Banjo Championship at age 15 and in 1982 he won the National Banjo Championship at Winfield, Kansas, as well as first-place in dozens of state and regional championships. He made the first of several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, The Porter Wagoner Show, and the stages of Opryland at age 19 as part of
“Smoky Mountain Sunshine” combining his talents as a banjoist with those of musical arranger.

In the 1980’s he lived in Dallas and recorded and toured with his band “Danger in the Air” and later moved to Nashville to do full-time touring and studio work.

James spent many years as a popular studio musician in Nashville and performed/recorded with the likes of Porter Wagoner, Barbara Mandrell, John Hartford, and Johnny Cash in addition to a long and close friendship and professional relationship with legendary fiddler ,
Vassar Clements,  with whom he toured and performed as “The Vassar Clements Band”.

James has recorded on many projects and taught at many major banjo camps including SPGBMA workshops and other Master workshops all over the USA and in Australia. NightTravelers.com

2018 Instructors
more announced soon

Banjo

Ned Luberecki

Gerald Jones

Alan Tompkins


Guitar

Brad Davis

Robert Bowlin

Dix Bruce


Mandolin

Paul Glasse

Dix Bruce

Nate Lee



Fiddle

Gretchen Priest

Nate Lee


Dobro

Finger Style Guitar

Sam Swank


Clawhammer Banjo

Lee Thomas

O.J.Laier


Bass

Irl Hees


Songwriting/Guitar

Wil Maring