Carla Roberts with Béla's ML

Carla Roberts checks out Béla Fleck’s Missing Link.

The Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn concert I just attended was a real knockout – certainly one of the very best musical performances I have ever attended. My recommendation: Don’t miss it! The depth and beauty of what these two artists offer is life-transforming.

Thanks to Wayne Rogers of Gold Tone a backstage meeting was arranged between Béla Fleck, myself and Carla Roberts, to discuss Béla’s new signature model baritone banjo, the Missing Link, the first production model baritone in banjo history. What a marvelous opportunity to be introduced to this exciting new instrument and to the creative genius who sparked it off, Béla Fleck!

It was a 2-hour Missing Link Immersion. After a 45-minute session with Béla, Carla and I were left with his two ML’s, while he and Abigail did their sound check, after which we had another chance to talk.

The Missing Link has a gorgeous solid tone which I was able to appreciate up close and when Béla played it later during the concert. Hearing one of the greatest musicians in the world playing this new baritone banjo was a mountainous treat. Thanks to Béla for graciously introducing me to a banjo that is booked with destiny.

Thanks to Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn for their world-class banjo expedition.

Thanks to Wayne Rogers of Gold Tone for always being at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of what a banjo can be.

It will be interesting to hear what musicians create on this new baritone banjo…