Buck Thrailkill was born in Meridian, MS and started playing banjo at age 12. Mentored by his big brother and Lee Jackson (Carl Jackson's Dad), he grew up playing all over the south, touring on the Magnolia State Bluegrass Circuit at age 15. He played and taught banjo and guitar till joining the Army in 1981. After his service Buck settled in North Carolina where he performs and records with several bands ranging from hardcore Bluegrass to Country, Blues, and Folk. Buck owns Fifth String Studio in Fayetteville, NC where he teaches and creates customized “Made in Carolina” leather instrument straps.
Buck's students say:
“Buck is far and away the best, most patient, thorough, kind, passionate, incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring music teacher I have ever had… always prompt, professional, and makes learning so much FUN!”
“I have never had a better instructor. He can impart ideas very clearly and concisely with attention to detail that puts him very much on the "leading edge" of his craft.”
“Mr. Buck equipped me not only to play, but also to teach myself how to learn. He instilled in me a love for the instrument and the music, just because that is who he is. I am beyond thankful.”
“An inspiring and effective teacher with a kind and easy-going demeanor. His love and passion for the instrument and for teaching is evident.”