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Pickin’ & Grinnin’ At The “All Frets” Convention

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – When Johnny Baier was a boy, a pizza parlor changed his life.

“In my hometown they had a Shakeys and they always had a banjo player.  And when I saw that and heard the old tunes, it all clicked.” said All Frets Magazine Editor Johnny Baier.

Baier became a man and today is the editor for All Frets magazine.  He`s one of many musicians in town for the 55th Annual All Frets Convention.

“I first started playing at it Shakey’s pizza when I was 14 years old.  Is that common?  A lot of these guys got their start at Shakey’s pizza…Your Fathers Mustache.  Shakey’s used to be here in Saint Louis, there was The Red Garter.” said All Frets President Ron McLawhon.

Professional pluckers, aspiring amateurs and even students and fans from around the world will be here through Saturday.  While there won`t be any electric guitars there will be mandolins, ukuleles, guitars and of course.

“A banjo is happiness.  I think Steve Martin an a number of people have said you can never play a sad song on a banjo.” said Ron McLawhon.

But you can renew a friendship through the fretboard.

Patrick Clark, News 11.