About Fifth String Studio

A Little Bit About Fifth String Studio and Banjo Buck

Fifth String Studio, the home-based teaching studio for Banjoist Buck Thrailkill, was created for beginner, intermediate, and advanced banjo students because ‘Some things jus’ gotta be handed down face to face with diligence, patience, and the love of music.’ 

To give any lover of music with the hankering to play banjo the ability and training necessary to become a Banjo Player and not just someone who plays banjo… 

Born in Meridian, MS. Buck began playing banjo at age 12 studying from his brother Bruce Thrailkill and had the influences of Carl Jackson, Buck Trent, and friend Avil Linton. Buck grew up playing throughout the south touring on the Magnolia State Bluegrass Circuit at age 15 with childhood friend and music partner Guitarist James Beau Edwards. Buck plays the  "Scruggs’ style of 3 finger picking with some new-grass  and old-folk style licks and songs. Growing up, he played and taught regularly till 1981 when he joined the military. So pickin' took a back seat to life till he retired in Fayetteville, NC in Sept 1997. He has been teaching, playing, and recording in various venues in the Carolina's and surrounding areas for many years now with several different bands and instrumental configurations from Country to Honky Tonk to Blues and Hardcore Bluegrass. Currently, he's the Owner of Fifth String Studio, the co-Owner of Rebel Roots Studios, and a full-time partner and VPO with Ralph Miller at Rusty Knuckles. 

Fifth String Studio was built with the intention of being a place of study for advancing bluegrass banjo players.  The studio, atmosphere, and training outline are all designed together to provide the most effective resolution and clarity in training and practical exercise to help budding banjoist to field their own path forward by recognizing and strengthening the weak areas and explore the foundations of expanding their strong areas.