Susie Monick is a multifaceted artist and a true banjo pioneer. Monick studied at Syracuse University where she took up the banjo and founded the first all-woman bluegrass band Buffalo Gals. Her 1976 album Melting Pots is hailed as the first jazz banjo album. An accomplished instrumentalist on banjo, mandolin, and accordion in various Nashville bands, she also fronts her own band Holly Wood And the Extras. Also a sculptor, she turned to clay to ease pain in her hands. Monick has made appearances in ABC’s Nashville and several movies.