Anyone with an interest in researching Bill Evans had better not be in a hurry. The best way to approach his story would be to pour a cup of coffee, settle back in a favorite recliner, and slide your reading glasses into place, because when people start talking about the bluegrass banjo player, they talk effusively, affectionately, and with pride as they point to a talent that spans more than a quarter of a century. Evans, who hails from Virginia but now lives in California, is more than simply a musician, although if playing the instrument were all he had done for 25 years, that would be plenty. In addition to recording and performing, he teaches musicians of all skill levels to play the banjo via workshops held throughout the U.S., and his skill as an instructor has been termed "outstanding." Evans is also a writer and a columnist for the magazine Banjo Newsletter, as well as a music historian. He composes original tunes, and is expert in the styles of both progressive bluegrass and traditional bluegrass. In 1997, the Kentucky Arts Council awarded him a musical composition fellowship.