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Pete Steele (March 5, 1891 - November 21, 1985) was an American traditional banjo player.

Of all the early banjo players recorded for the Library of Congress’s folk music archive, none commanded as many techniques or employed as many tunings as Simon “Pete” Steele. A dazzling array of frailing, two-finger, and up-picking styles defines his extensive repertoire of instrumentals, folk songs, and ballads. , Steele gave few public performances outside his home community in Hamilton, Ohio, yet he had considerable influence… read more

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