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    Who is the tall mando player in the Geico commercial with Gallagher smashing watermelons at a Farmer's Market?

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    This is it:



    Don't recognize him. Googled the commercial, found a lot about Gallagher (apparently recovering from heart problems), nothing about the duo. However, the guitarist calls the mandolin player "Ronnie," which may be a clue...?
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    Whoever it is, got the good chord.

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    Ah, yes. The Sledge-O-Matic. Good clean fun!

    Another clue: the guitarist's name is Jimmy.
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    I tracked down the casting call for the 2 characters from O'Connor Casting in Chicago:

    LOOKING FOR FUN, FOLKSY MUSICIANS!

    O’Connor Casting Company is searching for fun, musically inclined individuals for a national commercial campaign for GEICO!

    Are you a folksy musician with a modern quirk? Do you know how to keep an audience entertained in the Buck Owens and Roy Clark pickin’ and grinnin’ tradition of “Hee-Haw”? We’re looking for duo acts, or solo musicians who play well with others, for an opportunity to add fun and laughter to a national commercial campaign! If you are already part of a strummin’ musical duo or musically inclined comedy duo, we’d love to see you two together!

    Ron & Jimmy Male, 30-45 years old. These guys are a folksy, likeable duo with a real charm about them. Looking for guy(s) who have a witty chemistry between them or can make it work in a fun paring that feels natural, fun and spontaneous. Completely devoid of cynicism, these guys are contemporary rather than country, but still have a very FOLKSY way about them. They need to play an instrument, like the banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle or any other folk instrument.

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    Wow, Mr. Sausage!! You are some detective. Great impressive work. Now how do we find out who played Ron and Jimmy?
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    Well, they are fun and folksy, but I find it hard to believe that they're really "...completely devoid of cynicism."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Wow, Mr. Sausage!! You are some detective. Great impressive work. Now how do we find out who played Ron and Jimmy?
    Well, I sent a facebook message to the casting guy at O'Connor who put up the ad. You never know...

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    There was a casting call up in the classifieds recently for a mandolin player for a filming in Santa Barbara.

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    Thanks, y'all! I found the same stuff when I googled about the mandolin player. The Google info was all about Gallagher and the other actor behind the counter...nothing about Ronnie and Jimmy. Still wondering who they are! Keep this going 'til we get to the bottom of it!

    I did find out who was playing the music in "Charlie and the Casserole" in the Farmers Insurance ad. The musicians were just a collection of guys from the Knoxville, TN, area...not a band.

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    How funny! I was watching the Olympics, saw an ad with my old friend playing the Mandolin, and had to try to find the youtube clip! I googled it and this came up. He's Alex Harvey, a theatre director who also is a wonderful musician. He used to live in Chicago, is now based out of New York. He had a band for awhile called REO Chuckwagon

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    Yeppers! Posted this a couple weeks ago here. If you like that there's plenty more goofiness to enjoy.
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    Keep an eye out for these, there should be a whole slew of them. Me and one of my bandmates auditioned for this campaign. . . .twice. Guess I need to work on my biceps.

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    So what kind of mandolin is he playing? It's a fern.

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    What kind of mando is he playing?

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    Just a guess, but to me it looks like a Stan Miller.

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    Does it appear that the instrumental track doesn't sound quite in sync with the hand movements in either video? Of course, the audio was recorded in a studio and not in a farmer's market or in traffic, but sheesh, you'd think they could take the trouble to get it right... even if it is 'folk music'.

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    What if it's Ron Gallagher and not the real (Leo) Gallagher in the ad? Last time I saw Gallagher he was totally gray, and I can't see him getting a dye job

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    I think he'd do the dye job to get the job these days. This was pretty easy money for him.

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