Good Banjo Documentaries

The Complete Earl Scruggs Story

This guy had machine guns for fingers and love in his heart. Follow Earl Scruggs as he explores new adaptations for the banjo to modern 20th century music as it was evolving in 1972. Meet his neighbors from Cleveland County, his family and fellow musicians. Intimate and personal, it's a documentary that plucks at the ear and the heart with many touching moments.

Give Me the Banjo

Steve Martin, Hollywood's ambassador for the banjo, uses his star power to cast light on the instrument's complicated history. In this banjo confessional, the beloved instrument proudly showcases today's generation of players, explains its African origins, its innovators, its comfort to Civil War soldiers and admits to its employment in an entertainment circuit that relegated blacks, mere decades from slavery, to play the clowns in its bizarre racial circus. A complete and enriching journey of the instrument's history and unique sound, which Pete Seeger calls "needle points of a star in the sky." Ahhhh....*shasta*

CBS Sunday Morning - Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Only 7 and a half minutes long, but a good journalistic snippet of two people who play and work the banjo on a level that'll make you drop yer jaws and tap yer paws.