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Jami Lynn, Americana banjoist/songwriter plays the 1980 Gibson RB-250 banjo given to Johnny Cash by Earl Scruggs, penciled with “To my friend, Johnny” on the head.

Friday, Sept. 13, 7pm

SDPB Black Hills Studio, 415 Main Street, Rapid city

Free and open to the public

In addition to the live performance, the evening includes a brief sneak-peek of Ken Burns' latest documentary Country Music as well as the fabled backstory of the historic Scruggs/Cash banjo instruments from Arian Sheets, Curator of Stringed Instruments at the National Music Museum-Vermillion.

In conjunction with the premiere of Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary, SDPB and the National Music Museum (NMM) are partnering to showcase South Dakota’s own rich heritage and connections to country music.

Fabled instruments once owned and played by Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Marty Stuart and Earl Scruggs emerge from the National Music Museum’s unrivaled collection to be played by some of South Dakota’s finest country music musicians.

Join SDPB and the NMM for three incredible events at three locations across South Dakota. Learn the backstories of these priceless instruments from Arian Sheets, NMM’s Curator of Stringed Instruments. See a sneak peek of Ken Burns’ Country Music. Then sit back and listen to local artists play a piece of country music history.

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