Rich Stillman has been playing bluegrass banjo for over 30 years. Rich has founded or been involved with of a number of influential bluegrass bands, including the Jersey Travelers, a previous term with Southern Rail, WayStation, and Adam Dewey and Crazy Creek. Rich also has numerous studio recording credits with other New England folk artists. Rich was New Jersey banjo champion in 1983 and the 2002 and 2003 New England banjo champion. Rich is a six-time winner of the annual banjo contest held in Lowell, Massachusetts (1985-1995), where he has presented a bluegrass banjo workshop every year since 1996.Â Rich has been a regular on the faculty of Banjo Camp North, has taught bluegrass banjo classes for Boston Bluegrass Union, and has taught banjo as an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Academy in Andover, Masatussus.
Rich’s Kel Kroydon banjo is a Gold plated and engraved New Generation model. His banjo was built using handpicked woods along with the impeccable craftsmanship of Robin Smith and set up knowledge of Charlie Cushman. Rich’s Kel Kroydon banjo was made from our select Tiger Maple featuring an original Style 11 fingerboard & prewar-style resonator with poplar lining. The Gold plated Dannick 20 Hole Tone Ring was meticulously fit to a hand picked 3 ply Maple rim. Rich’s New Generation banjo is one of the finest sounding new banjos on the market today. – Great American Banjo Company