Thought I'd post this from the old forum. Instead of making multiple postings and "who said what", here they are in a list.
JD Crowe & the New South - any album, but particularly "Live in Japan"
all albums by The Bluegrass Album Band
Flatt & Scruggs - any/all
Jimmy Martin box set by bear Family Records
Also look for box sets/ anthologies of Bil Monroe and The Stanley Brothers.
Country Gentlemen - any
Seldom Scene - any
anything with Terry Baucom or Sammy Shelor on it
some good Banjo albums have been done by :
Alan Munde, John Hickman, Alan Shelton, Jim Mills, Larry Perkins, Ben Eldridge,
The Steeldrivers! And anything by Ricky Skaggs
IIIrd Tyme Out- Back to the Mac
Lonesome River Band- Carrying the Tradition
Tony Rice - Manzanita
Tony Rice - Cold on the Sholder
Tony Rice - Church Street Blues
Tony Rice - Tony Rice
David Grisman Quintet - 20 Year Retrospective
Doc Watson - Southbound
Doc Watson - Doc Watson
Doc Watson and David Grisman - Doc and Dawg
Bill Monroe - Weary Traveler
Hand Picked 25 Years of Bluegrass on Rounder Records
Allen Shelton - Original Banjo Man
anything by .357 string band
The Kentucky Colonels - Appalachian Swing
So, anyone got more to add?