Bela Fleck Quotes

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Béla Fleck

Fleck performing on February 9, 2007
Background information
Birth name Béla Anton Leoš Fleck
Born (1958-07-10) July 10, 1958 (age 58)
New York City, U.S.
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, bluegrass, folk, classical, world, folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, composer
Instruments Banjo
Years active 1976–present
Labels Rounder, Warner Bros., Sony Classical, Rhino
Associated acts New Grass Revival, Strength in Numbers, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Abigail Washburn, Sparrow Quartet
Website belafleck.com
Notable instruments
Deering Crossfire electric banjo with custom pickups and synthesizer pickup

My most powerful memory was hearing Earl Scruggs on 'The Beverly Hillbillies' as a 5 or 6 year old. That sound just blew me away, shook my head up.
Bela Fleck
They think the banjo can only be happy, but that's not true.
I think it is very ironic that most people think that the banjo is a southern white instrument. It came from Africa and even for the first years that white people played banjo they would put on blackface.
Bela Fleck
I always try to work with people who are better than me, so I can learn more.
Bela Fleck
So it doesn't have to be happy music to be inspiring.
I think the Flecktones are a mixture of acoustic and electronic music with a lot of roots in folk and bluegrass as well as funk and jazz.
Bela Fleck