This article written by Tyler Shuey was published by Bainbridge Island Review on November 21, 2020.
For islander and bluegrass musician Wes Corbett, his path to discovering the banjo took many twists and turns before cementing himself in the industry as an emerging artist.
“I actually kind of accidentally worked my way through the history of the banjo to the banjo without knowing it at all,” he said. “The roots of the banjo are actually in West Africa. Kind of a whole family of instruments that are very banjo-like were then essentially recreated with what was available to them by slaves in the south. The banjo is one of very few instruments credited with being of American descent, however, it is distinctly African.”
After years of work consisting of playing, producing and teaching music, while also traveling the country and making connections with some of the finest musicians, Corbett is now prepared to release his first solo record “Cascade” on Dec. 4 on Padiddle Records, which features another fellow island musician Simon Chrisman.