Eddie Collins is regarded nationally as one of today’s foremost instructors in the acoustic music field, specifically for 5-string banjo, mandolin, and flatpick and Travis style guitar. He has authored over 30 books and DVD courses designed to help all levels of players. He is on the cutting edge of integrating multimedia content into his instruction through his Apple iBook creations. Collins founded the highly regarded 5-String Quarterly and currently authors the “Beginner’s Corner” column for Banjo NewsLetter. He gives private lessons in the Austin, TX area. He also conducts instructional workshops throughout the U.S. and has written features for numerous music publications and websites.
As a performer, Eddie plays regularly with several groups in his hometown of Austin, Texas, including Hot Pickin Bluegrassand Danny Santos y Los Bluegrass Vatos. Collins’ sideman credits are as diverse as having played with bluegrass legends to cutting his performing teeth in the country and oldies field as a sideman to the super-oldies group, The Drifters, and country music legend Wynn Stewart. He has performed for two presidents and won an Academy of Country Music Award as part of the “Best House Band in the USA” (1981). He won the Southern California Banjo Championship in 1985 and placed 2nd in the 1999 Texas State Banjo Contest.
Collins has appeared on 30+ recordings, including ten solo CDs and has produced albums for several other artists. His latest project, Half Past Blue (2016), features 12 original guitar instrumentals that display the blues and rock influences of Eddie’s youth. Most projects include many, if not all Collins’ originals. Along with music partner, Max Zimmet, he performs at house concerts and venues throughout Texas. For years he played with The “A” List Players, an Austin-based group of super pickers playing hard-driving bluegrass.
Beyond music, Collins holds a Master’s degree in education and formerly taught teacher education courses at California Lutheran University. He gives back to the Austin community as a past President of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association and a former disc jockey for KOOP’s (91.7 FM) “Strictly Bluegrass” program. Eddie’s career and original music have been documented in several publications and were highlighted on the nationally syndicated television show, Texas Music Café.