The banjo has evolved since the early nineteenth century, from a popular four string instrument to the five-string bluegrass style instrument that is commonly played today. This is not to say that four string banjo banjos aren't popular today, but it is quite clear that in the 1800s and early 1900s, it was the four-string banjo that was the most popular of the banjo instruments. From the plantations, to the minstrel shows, to the jazz orchestras and barbershop quartets, to the bluegrass bands, the banjo has evolved throughout the centuries.
So who are some of the earliest Pioneers to produce, play or perform these instruments? The group is diverse.
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