Béla Fleck/ Béla Fleck and The Flecktones
Béla Fleck is an American banjo virtuoso. He is best known for his work with the band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, with bassist Victor Wooten, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, and percussionist Future Man.
Béla was drawn to the banjo when he first heard Earl Scruggs play the theme song for the television show Beverly Hillbillies. He received his first banjo at age fifteen from his grandfather (1973).
Almost immediately after high school, Fleck traveled to Boston to play with Jack Tottle, Pat Enright, and Mark Schatz in Tasty Licks. During this period, Fleck released his first solo album (1979): Crossing the Tracks and made his first foray into progressive bluegrass composition.
Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten formed Béla Fleck and the Flecktones in 1988, resulting in Fleck being nominated for/and won several Grammy awards. They have been touring and recording strong ever since.