Summertown Music Studios Instructor, Bob Buford:
By the early seventies I was lured to the banjo by the soundtrack of the movie "Deliverance" and spent the next seven years honing my skills before taking that wonderful instrument to the stage. Within a few years I was teaching banjo at a local music store in the south. By that time I had graduated college in Business Administration, but I was still drawn to playing and teaching music.
In the early eighties I moved with my family to Estes Park and began playing solo gigs in nearly every venue in town for the locals and tourists as well. Within a year I was invited to join the "Lazy B Wranglers" YouTube Video as the MC of the show, where I sang tenor and played acoustic guitar and banjo in over three-hundred shows. At the same time I opened a local music store, "Mountain Song Music", with friend and fellow Wrangler, Bill Nash. Bill was our bassist and baritone in the Wranglers and also had a degree in music. For the next eight years I enjoyed immersing myself in the music, teaching as many as fifty students each week and still managing to play regularly in local venues.
In 1986 I recorded my first album of original music at Colorado Sound in Westminster, Co with multi-platinum producer and hit songwriter, Jim Mason. Jim co-wrote "I Dig Rock and Roll Music" with Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul, and Mary. Jim also produced platinum albums for the well-known groups Poco, and Firefall. It was the beginning of my love of audio engineering and record production. In 2000, as part of an expansion to my web marketing company I created a small recording studio, Summertown Recording Studios, so named for the "summer town" of Estes Park, where I had been living since 1981. The studio was originally begun to create "royalty-free" music for our web clients.
But soon friends and other local musicians found out about the studio and began asking to record. I produced and played on numerous singles, demo projects, as well as full album productions including those for my dear friend "Cowboy" Brad Fitch, well-know for his "John Denver Tribute Concert" series in northern Colorado. To date I have produced five album projects with Brad. In addition to my production chores and my guitar and banjo gigs, I've had the opportunity to explore the job of studio musician, and have become adept at a number of instruments including dobro, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, and keyboard/synthesizer. If I were having any more fun I couldn't stand it!
For the past twenty-five years I have been teaching banjo, guitar, and coaching local musicians on the business aspects of music as well as tips and techniques associated with performing before a live audience. I love seeing someone go from a basic beginner to an accomplished musician and performer. Of all my musical adventures, teaching has been the thing that I enjoy the most. If you have a musical dream, whether as a musician, singer, or any other aspect of the business, give us a call. We'd love to work with you.
Bob Buford, Instructor