Pete Wernick, “Dr. Banjo”, is renowned worldwide for his contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize and Country Cooking, respected author and teacher, and 15-year President of the International Bluegrass Music Association.
In a recording career starting in 1971, Pete has recorded dozens of original instrumentals and songs, including two bluegrass chart-topping hits, and is known for his soulful tradition-based style. His lifelong banjo inspiration is Earl Scruggs, with whom he had a friendship for many years. He currently performs with Colorado bluegrass band Long Road Home, his bluegrass/classic jazz fusion group, Flexigrass, and his singer/guitarist wife Joan in a bluegrass duet.
Since 1980, Pete has conducted over 150 banjo and bluegrass camps nationwide and overseas. His instructional videos and books have sold in the hundreds of thousands and in 2010 he launched the Wernick Method teacher network teaching bluegrass jam skills to students throughout the US and many other countries. Pete’s instructional websites LetsPick.com and DrBanjo.com, are information hubs for musicians.