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The Distance Between Two Points
Bill Evans

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About the video

This video features Bill Evans playing one of his own compositions, "The
Distance Between Two Points." Bill is playing this piece on his 1937 Gibson
flathead -75, a modern day "bluegrass" banjo, in the three-finger style.

About the artist

Anyone with an interest in researching Bill Evans had better not be in a hurry.
The best way to approach his story would be to pour a cup of coffee, settle back
in a favorite recliner, and slide your reading glasses into place, because when
people start talking about the bluegrass banjo player, they talk effusively,
affectionately, and with pride as they point to a talent that spans more than a
quarter of a century. Evans, who hails from Virginia but now lives in California, is
more than simply a musician, although if playing the instrument were all he had
done for 25 years, that would be plenty. In addition to recording and performing,
he teaches musicians of all skill levels to play the banjo via workshops held
throughout the U.S., and his skill as an instructor has been termed
"outstanding." Evans is also a writer and a columnist for the magazine Banjo
Newsletter, as well as a music historian. He composes original tunes, and is
expert in the styles of both progressive bluegrass and traditional bluegrass. In
1997, the Kentucky Arts Council awarded him a musical composition fellowship.

During the 1980s, Evans led Cloud Valley, a progressive bluegrass outfit in
Charlottesville, VA. For a period of about four years beginning in 1993, the
banjoist performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad. He also contributed to the
band's Live! At Last album, issued by Rounder Records in 1996. In 1995,
Rounder put out Evans' Native & Fine. The NAIRD (National Association of
Independent Record Retailers and Distributors) bestowed an honorable mention
on the album in 1996 in the category of Acoustic Instrumental Recording of the
Year. Native and Fine Records put out his next solo album, Bill Evans Plays
Banjo. Several critics placed the album on their lists of the best bluegrass
releases of 2001. Evans also has a hand in producing. He acted as co-producer
and played on Suzanne Thomas' Dear Friends & Gentle Hearts, an album
issued by Rounder in 1998. He and Thomas, who also was part of Dry Branch
Fire Squad, perform and record together in the traditional bluegrass band
Bluegrass Intentions, along with Alan Senauke.

Evans also performs frequently with Peter Rowan, as well as with Tony Trischka
as a duo, and in the band Due West. The banjoist also has performed with such
artists as Jim Hurst & Missy Raines, the Kathy Kallick Band, Don Rigsby &
Friends, Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group, Charlie Moore & the Falls
City Ramblers, the Gary Ferguson Band, and the Lynn Morris Band. His
activities have included co-hosting The Banjo of Sonny Osborne, a video from
Homespun Tapes, and authoring a book on the same artist, Sonny Osborne: the
Bluegrass Collection, which was published by AcuTab Publications in 2001.
AcuTab also published The Banjo of J.D. Crowe, which Evans co-edited. He has
taught music history at several universities, including the University of Virginia
and the University of San Francisco. Evans is working on his PhD in the field of
ethnomusicology at the University of California at Berkeley. ~ Linda Seida, All
Music Guide