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Bela Fleck


How did a native New Yorker with an affinity for jazz become a newgrass banjo sensation? As a teen, Bela Fleck first became attracted to the instrument through Earl Scruggs and his "Beverly Hillbillies" theme song. When a Chick Corea concert piqued his interest in fusion, Fleck began innovating the banjo's role in bluegrass, moving to Nashville in the early '80s to play with the New Grass Revival. Since his 1979 debut solo recording, Fleck also has consistently performed as a solo artist, and in 1989 he formed the jazzy, improvisational Flecktones, whose approach to songs like "Stomping Ground" has expanded the boundaries of newgrass.

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