Outside Review / Liner Notes:
When I saw Corbin Hayslett perform "Old King Crow" at the first Early Banjo
Gathering at Antietam Battlefield in 2006, my wife, Frances, turned to me and said
"He's only 12? He's good!” And, as wives often are, she was right.
Corbin released his first CD in 2010, Pickin' My Path, at the Appalachian String Band
Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia where he took 2nd place in the adult old-time banjo
contest at the ripe old age of 16. Not only is he a fine banjo player, but he also sings
with a voice sensitive to the period, using subtle humor and a spirit well beyond his
years. Presently, he is a banjo-playing reenactor at the
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in Virginia,
which is located near the birthplace of Joel Walker Sweeney.
As a maker of 19th century banjo replicas, I am completely
delighted that Corbin has chosen to perform some of this
collection of minstrel tunes on my Sweeney banjo model.
Sweeney was the Elvis Presley of the mid-19th Century, and Corbin's
renditions skillfully recall the original time, place and performance of the music. I'm
very proud that this talented young musician is making such fine music with one of
my banjos, and I hope you enjoy and appreciate his talent as much as I do.
Franklin, NY - March 19, 2011