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Everyone Loves Guitar

We sit down and talk with interesting professional guitar players, and find out what makes them tick. Uncover the backstory behind your favorite guitar players and behind the "sidemen" who make the wheels spin for artists worldwide. If you love guitar, stick around… you’re in the right place.

Aug 31, 2020

In this Banana Lowell Levinger Interview: Why Serendipity is the norm, Playing with Paul McCartney, two tragic losses in his life, settling down in the Bay area, his vintage guitar business, charitable work with Bread & Roses, his great work ethic, hang gliding, developing Encore software, a great story how he wound up connecting with Steven Van Zandt and loads more. TONS of rock and roll history here, great guy:

Banana is a founding member of The Youngbloods, which formed in 1965, and had the hit songs Get Together & Darkness, Darkness. He began his career in bluegrass, playing the coffee shops in Boston and New York City, eventually moving out to West Marin. After a 9 year run with The Youngbloods, Banana then played with Mimi Farina (Joan Baez’ sister) for over 20 years. He also worked in bands with Norton Buffalo, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, David Grisman, Barry “The Fish” Melton Band (Country Joe & The Fish), and Zero, where he played keyboard and sang lead for over ten years. He’s currently touring with Steven Van Zandt’s band “Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul.” 

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