Banjo performer, Aaron Youngberg, of Colorado’s FY5 has spent over a decade teaching banjo students and professionally producing high-quality acoustic recording projects. He got his hands on our Straight Up Strings for banjo about a year ago, and hasn’t looked back.
Aaron currently tours with Finnders & Youngberg and has toured with The Billy Pilgrims and Hit & Run Bluegrass. Aaron owns and operates Swingfingers Recording Studios in Fort Collins, CO.
We love having engaged, respected instructors and performers playing our strings. A big welcome to Aaron!
In our inadvertent success forming a North Carolina coalition of Straight Up Stringers, we are delighted to have won-over Robert Greer of Town Mountain. Robert plays our heavy gauge guitar strings on stage and in the studio, including on the group’s recent, critically-acclaimed Southern Crescent, out on LoHi Records. Winner of the 2013 IBMA Momentum Award for Vocalist of the Year, Robert has undeniable on-stage swagger, backed up by his classic vocals and strong rhythm guitar.
As part of a new initiative by Straight Up Strings, when Robert’s name is mentioned on a string order at siminoff.net, 5% of the string sale will go to Our VOICE, the non-profit he designated as the recipient.
Renowned songwriter, guitarist and clawhammer banjo player, Joe Newberry, has announced his endorsement of Straight Up Strings for banjo and guitar. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, he was recently featured on the Transatlantic Sessions tour in the United Kingdom with fiddler Aly Bain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas.
In addition to performing solo, Joe plays in a duo with mandolin icon Mike Compton, sits in the banjo chair with old-time music legends Mike Craver, Bill Hicks, and Jim Watson, and also performs with the dynamic fiddler and step-dancer April Verch. He will use Straight Up Strings on stage and in recording.
“A musician’s life is made so much easier by having the right tools for the job. Straight Up Strings are artfully designed and beautifully crafted, and feel just right in my hands and in my ear.”
As part of a new initiative by Straight Up Strings, when Joe’s name is mentioned on a string order at Siminoff.net, 5% of the string sale will go to the Augusta Heritage Center scholarship fund, the non-profit he designated as the recipient.