Jim Andersen joined FBB in March of 2014. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, he has been playing the five string banjo since he played with his high school folk group, The Merrymen. Jim is a retired Naval Aviator who flew the A-6 Intruder from the decks of many aircraft carriers, but was always able to make a little time to keep picking bluegrass throughout his tours of duty. Jim's bluegrass is primarily influenced by the style of Earl Scruggs, Jim Mills, and J.D. Crowe. Jim plays a converted 1932 Gibson Type 2 five string banjo with a Frank Neat neck and a Blaylock tone ring, acquired from the Jim Mills Pre-War Banjo Studio. Jim resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.