The '50s saw a number of fad revivals, from the "Gay Nineties" to honky tonk piano, and the sudden popularity of the banjo in pop music was a similar phenomenon. Aside from hits like the Ames Brothers' "The Man With the Banjo" and the Sunnysiders' "Hey! Mr. Banjo," there were countless numbers of major- and budget-label albums devoted to the sound of the banjo. The Banjo Barons were one of the few banjo ensembles with staying power, releasing albums over a span of several years. The Banjo Barons Play 31 Hits from the Silver Screen is an all-instrumental collection of medleys comprised of melodies from motion pictures made between 1926 and 1945. Banjo enthusiasts schooled in bluegrass styles will enjoy the Banjo Barons' old-fashioned approach to the instrument -- they pluck and strum, but never cross-pick in the ubiquitous Scruggs style. This music, rooted in vaudeville, was nostalgic when it was made, but still holds appeal for listeners with a pointed interest in the banjo.
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