Good Morning Banjo

Mary Z. Cox

Blues, Bluegrass & Blue Sky Banjo


This is what happens when 2 time Florida & North Carolina banjo champion, Mary Z Cox & Champion North Carolina fiddler, Tim Gardner, get together in October in the Carolina Mountains and record.

"Tim Gardner is an award-winning fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, banjo builder, and recording artist/engineer from the mountains of NC. He grew up in a musical family and is well versed in a variety of styles including old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, and swing music. Tim is currently fiddling with the bluegrass band Unspoken Tradition and has performed extensively throughout the Southeast at venues such as MerleFest, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, Suwannee Springfest & Magnoliafest, and many others. His music and craft has been featured on UNC TV, Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction, WDVX Blue Plate Special, and several other documentaries and radio shows. Tim can be seen performing around western North Carolina with a variety of musical acts."

Mary Z. Cox has played banjo since she was 12 and has been a recording artist since 1999. She’s recorded 10 CDs, plays concerts & festivals, gives workshops, and authors banjo books. Her music’s been played on National Public Radio’s, “Thistle & Shamrock”, “All Songs Considered,” Pandora World Music Genome, & the BBC. She’s taught claw hammer banjo for over a decade at the John C. Campbell Folk School as well as camps & festivals nationwide, including the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC, Cal Tech, & the Florida Folk Festival.

Mary Z is a third generation Floridian originally from Brevard County where her paternal grandparents were early settlers of the Indian River Colony. Her maternal granddad, also a professional banjoist, inspired her early interest in the banjo.

She’s video interviewed in Smithsonian Folkways’ “Conversations With Old Time Performers”/ volume II, featured in Banjo Babes 2016 & 2017 Calendar/ CD compilation, she brought North American claw hammer banjo to the Osaka ferry terminal, Shanghai ferry, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Mongolian Dining Car on the Tran Siberian Railway, Vancouver, BC, Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Abby Road in London & on deck on the Queen Mary II in the harbor with the Statue of Liberty.

Good Morning Banjo is Mary Z’s 10th CD recorded in Tim’s Coyote Ridge studio in Mills River NC and its full of claw hammer banjo & fiddle & much more.

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