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Mark Johnson

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Mark Johnson Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson has revolutionized the art of clawhammer banjo by adapting its techniques and rhythms to the demands of playing in a bluegrass ensemble. He calls his banjo style Clawgrass. He has performed and recorded with many bluegrass and acoustic luminaries on the music scene today and is also a gifted teacher and songwriter. His second recording -- Acoustic Rising with Emory Lester, released on the Crossroads / Mountain Home Record Label -- was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association ( IBMA ) in 2007 as Instrumental Album of the Year. Mark's music was used in the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan television commercial and in September of 2012, Mark was named as the third annual winner of the prestegious Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music Award and has performed his clawhammer banjo style on the Late Show with David Letterman. Mark has conducted countless Clawgrass/Clawhammer workshops at bluegrass and acoustic music festivals across the country, has hosted the annual clawhammer banjo workshop as part of the IBMA Fanfest in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be appearing at IBMA 2015 Clawhammer banjo workshops in Raleigh, NC September 2015.