by Zolton in New Prizes on Friday 11 July 2008

Computer vs. Banjo are just that: a computer duking a banjo. Hey? Haven’t you seen Electric Dreams. We have five signed CDs and tees to give away to Lost At E Minor subscribers, as well as a free single download

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Oh, so just who is Computer vs. Banjo? Well, seeing as you asked.

If you’ve always pigeonholed folk and electronica as polar opposites, Computer Vs. Banjo will make you rethink everything you thought about both. Hatched in the musical crucible of Nashville, the genre-bending band fuses fingerpicked folk with experimental beats to create such a full, original sound, it’s hard to believe CVB is just a duo.

You’ll recognize their names because they’re both accomplished musicians: Johnny Mann was the lead guitarist of Gran Torino, a funk/jazz fixture on the Southeast club and college scene that ultimately licensed songs to TV hits like “The Real World.” Beau Stapleton played tenor guitar and mandolin for Blue Merle, a dynamic rock/pop four piece that rose remarkably high for such a short-lived star, releasing the album Burning in the Sun on Island Records and opening for Van Morrison.

Musically they evolved from different worlds—Mann was a Jazz Studies major, Stapleton a self-taught roots musician.

But because both are adept at crossing genres and applying their multiple influences and skills to their music, charting new terrain came easy to them.