Dulcimer, banjo player ‘retires’ to music

By Emily Corio

ecorio@wvpubcast.org 

West Virginia is home to many talented musicians, especially in the bluegrass and old time music genres.  A lot of people learned how to play the music in the traditional way:  by watching people in their family or community.  This was also the case for Preston County musician, Bob Shank.

His love for string instruments started at a young age.  Family and a daytime job took some of his focus off of music, but now he’s turned back to music full time.  This spring he won first place in the old time banjo contest for people under 60 years old. Emily Corio recently interviewed Shank and has this story.

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