I've been listening to Soldier's Joy from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Dirt, Silver and Gold album. It was originally on the album Will the Circle be Unbroken. Could someone please help identify the instruments and musicians on the song? I think I'm hearing in the song three instruments - two banjos and a finger-bass. According to the album info, this should be Earl Scruggs on one banjo, and John McEuen on the other.

  • The banjos sound different, one brighter than the other. McEuen is supposed to be on Uncle Dave Macon's banjo. Is Scruggs' the brighter one?

  • What is history of Macon's banjo ? (type, current owner) ?

  • Who's on the bass?

  • Where was this recorded?

Any other info would be appreciated.

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    According to the liner notes on my copy, it was recorded at Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. – Angst Apr 1 '19 at 20:45
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    as luck would have it, Uncle Dave Macon's banjo is smart enough to have its own web page – Angst Apr 2 '19 at 20:48
  • @Angst Dang, that's amazing. – Don Branson Apr 2 '19 at 20:49
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    If you were to trim out the questions which require the answers in the 2 above comments, no-one could say the question is too broad, it is then about the difference between what the sleeve notes say about the musicians on the track, and what you hear. – Angst Apr 2 '19 at 20:49

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