Todd Taylor (banjo player)

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Todd Taylor is an American five string banjo player. He held the Guinness Book of World Records title for "world's fastest banjo" [1] until the record was beaten by Johnny Butten. [2] In a demonstration of speed play he played "Dueling Banjos" by himself January 31, 2007 in Palm Bay, Florida at an event for Guinness Book of World Records.



Todd Taylor began touring the Bluegrass circuit with his brother; together they were known as The Taylor Twins. He has played and toured with other notable bluegrass players including Bill Monroe, Carl Story, Jim & Jesse. Taylor became the first banjo player to take the Banjo to the Rock-n-Roll worldwide Top-40 countdown, with his remake of the classic rock tune "Free Bird". Taylor is a four-time Grammy Award nominee.

In 2018, the State Legislature of South Carolina designated March 14 as "South Carolina Banjo Day" in honor of Taylor. [3]

Notable appearances


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