Clawhammer banjo innovator Mark Johnson has been announced as the 2012 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, the 3rd annual honoree. While a number of 3-finger banjo pickers have used a roll technique to play old time music, Johnson's style is an interesting
Tommy Jarrell playing a brassed fretless. Photo by Bosco Takaki, 1981, at Tommy's house. Tommy and a few of his friends were masters of the Round Peak style, a more sophisticated complex version of southern clawhammer banjo.