Before Earl Scruggs, banjo players were not front men, but they were funny.
When he was 11, his father built him a banjo, at first fashioning the head out of groundhog hide.
In a tradition that goes back to the days of the minstrel show, the banjo player doubled as a comedian.
Jokes about banjo players , on the other hand, will never die.
In her down time, she plays the banjo in an all-girl band, Loose Gravel.
Plays on de peany—plays on de guitar—guitar jes like banjo, an Ole Zip play on daat heamseff—he do.
He just missed running into banjo on the Hog's Back by the skin of the teeth.
Can play the banjo, and twenty-six games of lawn-tennis without fatigue.
Down the middle of the guitar there is a walled enclosure of the shape of a banjo.
"Oh, well, from reports I reckon Mrs. Cyril doesn't play either a banjo or a guitar," smiled Arkwright.
1764, American English, usually described as of African origin, probably akin to Bantu mbanza, an instrument resembling a banjo. The word has been influenced by colloquial pronunciation of bandore (1560s in English), a 16c. stringed instrument like a lute and an ancestor (musically and linguistically) of mandolin; from Portuguese bandurra, from Latin pandura, from Greek pandoura "three-stringed instrument." The origin and influence might be the reverse of what is here described.