Jeff Gilkinson

  • Origin
    Nashville, Tennessee
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  • Genres
    Americana · Bluegrass · Folk

Multi-instrument virtuoso and recording session great…


Jeff Gilkinson is overwhelmingly recognized for his body of performance and recorded works with world-renowned American Bluegrass supergroup The Dillards. Trained as a classical cellist, Gilkinson also mastered banjo, harmonica, and lead vocal talents, leading to his being credited as a significant figure in the development of the modern Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana music movements, respectively.

In addition to penning and recording several now-legendary songs and albums as a member of The Dillards, Jeff Gilkinson’s diverse relationships and broad history in both live and recorded music arenas include the top names in American music: Jennifer Warnes, Paul Butterfield, Michael Martin Murphy, Jon Vezner, Kathy Mattea, Rachel Faro, Travis Meadows, Waylon Jennings, Tom T. Hall, Michael Johnson, John Hartford, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Charles Esten, Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, and scores of other notable artists.

A high-profile veteran of the Los Angeles major record label recording studios arena for the majority of the 70s, Jeff Gilkinson served notice of his arrival on the Nashville music scene by taking the top slot on Music City’s “A-list” session roster – overnight. Iconic Country Music artist Tom T. Hall drafted Gilkinson into the studio for his final full-length album under the Mercury label: Home Grown. Credited on the sound recordings as “multi instrumentalist,” Jeff Gilkinson is regarded around the world for his legendary banjo performances on the album – most notably, Bill Monroe for Breakfast, which went on to be the #1 and most-played Bluegrass song of the year – and The Way I’ve Always Been.

Today, Jeff Gilkinson remains in-demand on the stage and studio, while lending his songwriting talents to other legendary peers and the next wave of musicians, alike.

Latest Tracks

  1. 1Black & White
    "Black & White" by Jeff Gilkinson (Hymn to the Road album)
  2. 2Banjolin
    "Banjolin" by Jeff Gilkinson (Hymn to the Road album)
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LIVE performance

Check out this LIVE performance of “Black & White” from Jeff Gilkinson (feat. Jonathan Brown & Jon Vezner) at Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville, TN!