EXPERIENCE bluegrass history with a player who’s still shaping the genre’s path. As a member of Breakfast Special in the 1970s, Tony Trischka stood out for his progressive work on the instrument. He also performed in the group Country Granola and recorded two solo albums between 1974 and 1975.
In the ‘80s, Trischka, who had performed with the likes of Peter Rowan, Stacy Phillips, and Richard Greene, formed a new band, Skyline. The group recorded several albums, ending in Fire of Grace, their final record.
A shining lead man and side man, Trischka is also a masterful scorer. He was musical leader of The Robber Bridegroom on Broadway in the late ‘70s, worked on the pre-recorded music for the off-Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy, and recorded the theme for “Books on the Air” on NPR. He has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage,” “From Out Front Porch,” and more. In 2011, he acted as musical Director and Co-Producer of PBS’s “Give Me the Banjo” documentary. He’s even brought banjo music to New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park, leading the band for summer 2012’s As You Like It.
As a teacher, Trischka mentored a young Bela Fleck and reached countless others through his progressive playing. He also created fifteen instructional books, a series of DVDs, and created the Tony Trischka School of Banjo, a site dedicated to teaching banjo in an interactive setting.
The multitalented artist is also a respected producer, taking the chair for Steve Martin’s Grammy-nominated album, Rare Bird Alert, Gold Rush’s No More Angels, and more.
His latest album, Great Big World, is available through Rounder Records and features the likes of Steve Martin, Michael Daves, Noam Pikelny, Ramblin’ Jack Eliot, and more.
Trischka performs in Savannah with members of City Hotel and Jimmy Wolling Band.
Wednesday, September 20, 8 p.m., all-ages, $5