Bela Fleck is a virtuoso, plain and simple. Fleck has found sounds and possibilities in his playing of the banjo not unlike the way Jimi Hendrix added technicolor to the once “black and white” style of electric guitar. We picked Fleck up from Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in late July. We rode up I-25 in a bumpy jeep with no air conditioning, talking about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, his take on Mumford & Sons and his summer tour with Bruce Hornsby. He took a long shower at Uneven Studio before the session, told some stories, then stayed long after to hear the rough mixes and tweak sounds with our engineer, Bryan. It was a day unlike any other we’ve had at Mile Marker, and one of the most musically-credible sessions to date. Give a listen below and come back next week for more.
Ryan Johnson is a freelance videographer, lousy guitar player, and a social media strategist at OnSight Public Affairs.
Quoleena Sbrocca is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. Visit her website here.