Living what he loves

Clarke Buehling puts heart, soul into music

Posted: November 16, 2017 at 5 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LARA JO HIGHTOWER Clark Buehling, shown here in his music studio, has a large collection of banjos, his favorite stringed instrument. His passion is 19th-century banjo, mandolin and fiddle music.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/LARA JO HIGHTOWER Clark Buehling, shown here in his music studio, has a large collection of banjos, his favorite stringed instrument. His passion is 19th-century banjo, mandolin and fiddle music.

Take a look at the photo on musician Clarke Buehling's website -- cleverly called "Buehling Banjos" -- and you'll see a distinguished photo of the man himself. Buehling stands with one of his beloved banjos and wears a suit, tie and handlebar mustache from the 19th century -- his favorite era of musical history. The look was not simply donned for the artifice of the photo -- it's pretty much how Buehling looks on any given Wednesday. The jacket might be traded for a vest and the stylized cravat for a bow or bolo tie, but Buehling perpetually -- and charmingly -- looks as though he just left the Vaudeville stage.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LARA JO HIGHTOWER Buehling's musical collection even includes an instrument fashioned from an animal's jaw bone.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LARA JO HIGHTOWER "He's got that wall of file boxes in his studio. You can say, 'Clarke, I would like to play a song called "Blac...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LARA JO HIGHTOWER In addition to banjo, fiddle, ukulele and guitar, Buehling also plays mandolin.

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