Billy Faier

Longtime West Texas resident and five-string banjo legend Billy Faier succumbed to long cancer Jan. 29, 2016. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930 before spending the next few decades wandering the county with his banjo from Woodstock, New York to San Francisco, California- with a brief stint in Mexico-before spending the final years of his life in Marathon. He come to age on East 5th and Avenue D in New York City´s Lower East Side, which be came home to the burgeoning urban folk music scene in the 1940´s playing banjo and learning the ropes among the musicians, poets, and painters that made the scene, incluiding legendary Beat poet Bob Kaufman.

 

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