John Balch

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A native of Florence, Alabama, John Balch now resides near Nashville, TN. John is a veteran of the old-time music scene having served for two decades as Chairman of Judging for the Uncle Dave Macon Days National Old Time Banjo Championship.

In more than thirty years of playing clawhammer banjo, John has developed a unique compositional style that is thoroughly modern and yet firmly rooted in the old-time music tradition. “Like new annual rings on an ancient tree,” John’s original music is honest, emotionally charged, and immediately appealing.


John is shown with his Bart Reiter Custom Galax-plus and his custom Dogwood one piece, professional strap with riveted ends. John also has a Will Williams Kenny Ingram model banjo which comes with a Dogwood basketweave design Kenny Ingram strap.


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