Fayetteville, NC


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 is a great instructor, in a way that even absolute beginners can understand. He took a group of various experience levels and little to no jam experience, and had everyone in good solid jams and coming together as a group.”
“Buck is the best, most patient, thorough, kind, passionate, incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring music teacher I have ever had… prompt, professional, and makes learning so much FUN!”
“He can impart ideas very clearly and concisely with attention to detail that puts him 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. 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.”
“Buck is a great instructor. He really does an outstanding job teaching in a way that students, even absolute beginners can understand. He took a group of students of various levels of experience and little to no jam experience, and had everyone participating in good solid jams and coming together as a group. Great job! Can’t wait to do it again.”
Buck’s Camps