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Published November 15, 2010, 11:28 AM

Hawley man to attempt the longest consecutive banjo playing world record

Hawley, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A rural Hawley, Minnesota man is hoping to pluck his way into the Guinness World Record book this weekend at Scheels Arena this weekend. 46-year old Johnny Butten once held the record for fastest banjo player in the world. He is going for that again, but before that, he will attempt a new record: The Longest Consecutive Banjo Playing ever. So how do you prepare for that?

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Like any athlete preparing for competition, Johnny Butten is not only picking and a grinning; he is doing his own version of carbo loading.

“From a physical point I am taking more vitamins and stuff like cod liver oil for the joints.”

This Friday, Johnny will begin a 25-hour banjo playing, record breaking journey. He will be playing thru the night and all the way until Saturday.

JOHNNY BUTTENWorld Record Banjo Player: “Fingertips, I am fine from so many years I have calloused over and anyone who plays will tell you it will callous over. I have no feelings in my fingers tips.”

Johnny will also try to break the world's record for speed. No speeding up or slowing down. He's held that title before, picking the strings at 260-beats per minutes.

“Pedal to the metal and it is done.”

Johnny has played everything from punk to jazz to techno. This boy from across the pond, who started playing the banjo at age 9, is about to pluck and pick his way to the top of the record book again.

“Put my arm on ice this time. Make sure the rotator cuff stays good here.”

Butten is attempting this record to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. He starts the record Friday at two at the Scheel's Center. Public is welcome to watch through the night unitl Saturday evening.

His speed record attempt will follow. Butten will then play with his own band after all of this before the Craig Morgan concert, all at the Scheels Center.