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How banjo player Alison Brown turned a calling into a career

Alison Brown’s resume is diverse, to say the least. She’s a Harvard grad, an MBA, a former investment banker and now one of the best banjo players in the country (and the owner of Compass Records). In this lengthy interview, we ask fellow banjo innovator Abigail Washburn to interview Brown and talk shop. The pair discuss everything from influences and gear to technique. We also get a peek at Brown’s favorite instruments, such as her 1939 Martin D-18 and her 1938 Gibson RB-3. 

The full article text and exclusive photographs are available in the print edition of The Fretboard Journal.