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Eddie's Story

Eddie Collins is regarded nationally as a top instructor in the acoustic music field, specifically for 5-string banjo, mandolin, and flatpick and Travis style guitar. He's authored over 30 instruction courses. He founded 5-String Quarterly and authors the “Beginner’s Corner” column for Banjo NewsLetter.

As a performer, Eddie plays around his hometown of Austin, Texas. 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 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. For years he played with The "A" List players, an Austin-based group of super pickers playing hard-driving bluegrass.

Beyond music, Collins is a past President of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association and a former disc jockey for KOOP’s (91.7 FM) “Strictly Bluegrass” program. His career and original music have been documented in several publications and were highlighted on the nationally syndicated television show, Texas Music Café.

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