Well, last night I sat in on mando with a friend's bluegrass band. It was a bar gig, with maybe 20-30 people in the audience.
The banjo player said, "Usually our mando player does Rawhide, you wanna try it?" I don't know what came over me, but I said "sure".
Long story short, we played it, and it came off OK! I didn't blaze through it, but it was pretty quick nonetheless. The breaks were mando, fiddle, banjo, and mando to end it.
Anyhoo, for a brief moment I felt like Bill Monroe! Not that I played it as well as he did, or with anywhere near the variety of licks that most people play... But it was a first for me, and a confidence builder!
Anyone else care to recount their "first Rawhide" experience?