Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. He is considered not only among the very best pickers but one of the instrument's top teachers, and created numerous instructional books, teaching videotapes, and cassettes.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Trischka's interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio's "Charlie and the MTA" in 1963. Two years later, he joined the Down City Ramblers, where he remained through 1971, when he made his recording debut with the band Country Cooking. Several solo albums later, and after touring with artists such as Peter Rowan, he recorded with the group Skyline through the '80s. He has appeared in films and worked on the soundtrack for Driving Miss Daisy, and has performed on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion as well as other radio shows.
For Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, Trischka went back to bluegrass and reinvigorated the double banjo tradition, featuring an appearance by comedian Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, and many other luminaries. The album earned several 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a Grammy nomination.
With his fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Trischka's latest critically acclaimed release, Territory, roams widely through the banjo's creative terrain with fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith, and Bruce Molsky. The tracks explore a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds, and traditions, tapping the creative potential of America's signature musical instrument.