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Bela Fleck on life, music, and keeping up with his many collaborations / JamBase Q&A

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Bela Fleck is a few years shy of 60 and his bona fides as one of the world's greatest banjo players are long-since-established. And yet, Fleck seems busier than ever: certainly in music, where as usual he has his hands and strings in a range of different projects, and in life, chasing after his three-year-old son, Juno, whether at home or on the road performing with Abigail Washburn, Fleck's wife and a highly accomplished banjoist, singer and composer in her own right.

Perhaps the big news for Bela fans in 2016 is the upcoming reunion of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, still Fleck's best-known band, and on hiatus since 2012. In this golden age of genre-bending string bands and jazz-fusion-bluegrass-country crossover everything, the Flecktones sound more relevant and adventurous than ever. The early-era version of the band - Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, drummer/percussionist Roy "Futureman" Wooten and harmonica player/keyboardist Howard Levy - will play 14 dates from June 1 – 16, including stops in the Northeast and Midwest and at festivals like Blue Ox and Telluride.

Here's some Q&A with Bela on balancing life and music and keeping up with his many collaborations, from Washburn to Chick Corea, Dave Matthews and, The Flecktones.