Leroy Troy (May 23, 1966) is a banjo player from Goodlettsville, Tennessee. His banjo style is the clawhammer or frailing style, distinct from more commonly found Scruggs style banjo playing in modern bluegrass. He often performs humorous or comedy songs from the old-time music genre. He debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1988 and was the National Old-Time Banjo Champion in 1996.
Troy is known as "the Tennessee Slicker" and plays with the Tennessee Mafia Jugband and Marty Stuart, appearing weekly on The Marty Stuart show on RFD-TV.
Cordell Kemp is no lomger alive.His music is.He was the best banjo man around.
He studied with Uncle Dave Macon.
Taught John Hartford and Leroy Troy.
Mr. Cordell Kemp, an accomplished banjo player, a longtime resident of the Difficult Community, died at the age of 96 at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning, July 15, 2005 at the Smith County Health Care Center in Carthage
A resident of the Defeated in Smith County, he was known in recent decades as the main living link to Uncle Dave Macon’s tradition of novelty songs, folk showmanship, and old-time banjo tricks. In addition to his music, he was a tobacco farmer, logger, and woodsman.
Cordell was born into a musical family and took up banjo at a very early age. His interest was accelerated by boyhood opportunities to hear and meet Uncle Dave Macon, who occasionally played at the Defeated schoolhouse where Cordell would years later serve as janitor.
Throughout his life, Cordell was notoriously reluctant to travel too far from home, declining an invitation to participate in the 1986 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife. He nonetheless shared his talents generously and influenced a number of players who sought him out, including Leroy Troy, John Hartford, and Stephen Wade. He also passed his banjo skills on to his grandson Shannon Kemp of Defeated.
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