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.
Currently, Mary Z has been playing banjo shows & and festivals featuring some of her most notable banjos as well as mountain dulcimer, cello banjo and recently having the great fun of playing fiddle/banjo duets with Tm Gardner.
She's also been playing Celtic guitar with the FSU Irish Music Ensemble this year and last. This new CD arose from many of the fresh ways she's arranging some old tunes and new tunes she's learned from a variety of genres.
The title of this cd comes from the many mornings, Mary Z has been posting impromtu banjo & mountain dulcimer videos from her home in Tallahassee and from locations around the world on Facebook & Youtube that are called "Good Morning Banjo "
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.
Her video interview in Smithsonian Folkways’ “Conversations With Old Time Performers”/ volume II (2015) is the only interview in the series featuring Old Florida music culture and photos as well as many of Mary Z’s unique banjos.
Her photo and banjo music is also featured in Banjo Babes 2016 (May) & 2017 (October)Calendar/ CD compilation.
Good Morning Banjo is Mary Z’s 10th CD recorded in Tim’s Coyote Ridge studio in Mills River and its full of clawhammer banjo & fiddle & much more.
Of course the very special ingrediant is Tim Gardner's spectacular fiddling & tasteful guitar and bass playing & his fine ear for recording & mixing.
But there was magic too--because instead of playing like a straight studio musician--he stepped up and played as if the CD was his very own. And he was always calm and polite & wouldn't let me give up on putting down my version of John Stinson's Dream--even when I was exhausted and wanted to give up :)
And there is a brand new " Good Morning Banjo Tab book" too. It's available now on Mary Z's website