Welcome to the official Clawgrass website!
|Welcome to the new Clawgrass web site. It's a work in progress, so you'll see some additional changes in the days to come, but I hope you like the new look so far. There's my email address over on the right. Drop me a line and let me know what you think!
So, who is Mark Johnson? Mark is an authentic American original. Primarily known as the inventor of the Clawgrass style of banjo (which some call the "thurd style" after the clawhammer and Scruggs three-finger styles), Mark is both a top drawer player and a respected composer of contemporary acoustic music. In 2012 he received the third annual Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.
Mark's unique style doesn't really fit into a strict category. It's very bluegrass but has overtones of traditional folk, progressive acoustic, new-grass and old-timey all mixed into one. It's authentic. It's unique. It's Clawgrass!
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