Frank Jenkins (musician)

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Frank Jenkins (1888–1945) was an American banjo and fiddle player.

He was born in 1888 in Dobson, North Carolina. Jenkins earned his living working on farms and in sawmills.[1]

Jenkins was known for his skill as a classic 3-finger style banjo player, but he was also an accomplished fiddle player, winning prizes at many fiddle contests.[2]

Jenkins played banjo in the band Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters in the 1920s.[3] He later formed his own band, the Pilot Mountaineers, in which he played fiddle, his son Oscar played banjo, and Pop Stoneman played guitar.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b Marty McGee (2000). Traditional Musicians of the Central Blue Ridge. Contributions to Southern Appalachians Studies. McFarland & Company. pp. 97–98. ISBN 0-7864-0876-6.
  2. ^ Trischka, Tony, "Frank Jenkins", Banjo Songbook, Oak Publications, 1977
  3. ^ Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters, Roots of American Fiddle Music
  4. ^ "Musical Affairs of the Heart", The Old-Time Herald Volume 8, Number 1