RIP: Billy Faier, 1930-2016


Billy Faier died last Friday (January 29) in Alpine, Texas. He was 85 years old.

You won’t find them on Spotify or iTunes, but his albums – especially The Art of the Five String Banjo (1957), The Beast of Billy Faier (1961), Live at Caffe Lena (recorded in 1967) and Banjo (1973) – proved that longtime Woodstock resident Billy Faier was a banjo master of uncommon imagination and technique.

As banjo great Tony Trischka posted on his Facebook page, “So sorry to hear of the passing of Billy Faier, visionary banjoist whose Art of the Five String Banjo in the 1950s was decades ahead of its time.”

Check out the self-penned bio on Faier’s website to hear a bunch of his recorded music and read a batch of cool anecdotes about his life and musical career…

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