Riley Baugus

Riley Baugus born and raised near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, started playing banjo at the age of 11, inspired by the traditional Appalachian music that he discovered during weekends spent with his grandparents in the Blue Ridge Mountains.He also learned as a young man from such greats as Tommy Jarrell, Dix Freeman and Robert Sykes. Riley has played with numerous old-time stringbands, including The Red Hots and the Old Hollow Stringband, and currently plays with the Dirk Powell Band and Polecat Creek. He also tours with Ira Birnstein. He built the banjos that appear in the 2003 Academy Award winning film "Cold Mountain," and his singing features on the soundtrack. Riley has taught banjo at the Augusta Heritage Festival, Mars Hill, the Alaska Fiddle Camp, Pinewoods and Wheatland; his solo CD is called "Life of Riley.
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