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The Caleb Klauder Interview
The Caleb Klauder Interview
Mandolin, fiddle, guitar player and vocalist Caleb Klauder serves as front man for the popular old-time group Foghorn Stringband from Portland, Oregon. His classic mandolin style and approach to the music contain a rhythmic twist writer Michael Eck explores in this feature interview.
July 20, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Sierra Hull Retraces Her Bluegrass Roots
Sierra Hull Retraces Her Bluegrass Roots
Mandolin Cafe correspondent Bill Conger catches up with mandolin superstar Sierra Hull as she picks up the second ever Blue Blaze Award at the 44th Annual Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree and Crafts Festival in Smithville, Tennessee.
July 6, 2015 - 2:30 pm
The Joe K. Walsh Interview
The Joe K. Walsh Interview
Our feature interview with Berklee College of Music faculty member Joe K. Walsh, one of the mandolin community's busiest and a member of Darol Anger's groundbreaking band Mr Sun.
April 5, 2015 - 6:30 pm
Happy 70th Birthday, David Grisman
Happy 70th Birthday, David Grisman
Friends of David Grisman have gathered on this day to wish him a very happy 70th birthday!
March 23, 2015 - 12:00 am
The Frank Solivan Interview
The Frank Solivan Interview
Frank Solivan and his band Dirty Kitchen and their new recording Cold Spell are up for a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. We catch up with the leader of one of the hottest groups in bluegrass for this special Mandolin Cafe feature interview.
January 4, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Steve Carlson Tooling Up at ZETA
Steve Carlson Tooling Up at ZETA
Steve Carlson, the founder of Flatiron Mandolins is once again building instruments after the purchase of ZETA Violins but there are plans for mandolins in the very near future. We catch up with an exclusive interview with one of the true legends of music manufacturing to find out what he's up to.
December 7, 2014 - 5:30 pm
David Grisman and Don Stiernberg Discuss Jethro Burns Legacy
David Grisman and Don Stiernberg Discuss Jethro Burns Legacy
Acoustic Oasis has released new tracks and alternate takes from the last recorded sessions of Jethro Burns with Don Stiernberg on guitar combining it into a three CD collection entitled Jethro Burns Legacy. We sat down with David Grisman and Don Stiernberg to get the inside story on the last recorded music from one of the great legends of the mandolin.
October 5, 2014 - 5:30 pm
When I'm Free - A Hot Rize Interview with Tim O'Brien
When I'm Free - A Hot Rize Interview with Tim O'Brien
With Hot Rize set to release When I'm Free, their first studio recording in 25 years, we sat down with legendary lead singer, mandolinist and fiddler Tim O'Brien for an inside look at the band, the new project and an extended tour that starts this week.
September 9, 2014 - 8:00 pm
The Story Behind Collings Tenor Guitars with Steve McCreary
The Story Behind Collings Tenor Guitars with Steve McCreary
We interview Steve McCreary, General Manager of Collings Guitars and Mandolins for an update on the status of the new Collings Tenor Guitar introduced at this past Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
June 10, 2014 - 7:30 am
String Tension: What It Means and How It Became Important
String Tension: What It Means and How It Became Important
Roger Siminoff's paper on string tension with information dating back to the early publications Frets and Pickin' Magazines.
June 3, 2014 - 9:00 am
Don Julin Mandolin Exercises For Dummies Interview
Don Julin Mandolin Exercises For Dummies Interview
Ted Eschliman of JazzMando.com catches up with Don Julin for an exclusive interview about his follow-up publication for Wiley, Mandolin Exercises For Dummies.
April 17, 2014 - 12:15 pm
An Interview with Jon Green of Calton Cases
An Interview with Jon Green of Calton Cases
We interview Jon Green, the new owner of Calton Cases now based in Austin, Texas. The design and the build process have both been updated, concerns expressed under a previous owner have been addressed, and Jon fills us in on all the details we'd like to know about Calton in this exclusive interview.
April 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm
A Visit to Carter Vintage Guitars
A Visit to Carter Vintage Guitars
We pay a visit to Carter Vintage Guitars of Nashville, owned and operated by vintage instrument power couple Walter and Christie Carter.
March 3, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Avi Avital - The Carnegie Hall Debut Interview
Avi Avital - The Carnegie Hall Debut Interview
New York based mandolinist Joe Brent interviews Avi Avital on the heels of his Carnegie Hall debut and newly released recording Between Worlds.
January 20, 2014 - 5:30 pm
A Visit To Retrofret Vintage Guitars
A Visit To Retrofret Vintage Guitars
We recount our visit to Brooklyn's famed stringed instrument store Retrofret Vintage Guitars.
November 17, 2013 - 8:15 pm
Ted Eschliman Interview
Ted Eschliman Interview
We pay tribute to the founder of JazzMando.com, author of Getting Into Jazz Mandolin and the chief moderator of the Mandolin Cafe's forum: our feature interview with Ted Eschliman.
September 29, 2013 - 9:00 pm
Chris Thile on Recording Bach - Part I
Chris Thile on Recording Bach - Part I
Brooklyn based journalist Bradley Klein visits with Chris Thile in this first of a two-part interview regarding the recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas.
September 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Adam Steffey - New Primitive Interview
Adam Steffey - New Primitive Interview
Adam Steffey is out with a spectacular new project that blends progressive bluegrass mandolin with old time music. In this feature interview with Adam we learned more about his choice of mandolins and the motivation behind the new recording entitled New Primitive.
June 18, 2013 - 7:30 am
Joe Carr Interview
Joe Carr Interview
Dan Miller of Flatpicking Magazine interviews former Country Gazette member Joe Carr, a prolific author, educator and faculty member at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.
March 24, 2013 - 3:15 pm
Modern Mandolin Quartet Grammy Interview
Modern Mandolin Quartet Grammy Interview
The Modern Mandolin Quartet received three Grammy nominations for Americana, their latest recording released in 2012. We interviewed them in early January in advance of the Grammy Awards.
February 3, 2013 - 10:45 am
Mike Compton & Joe Newberry Live - The Interview
Mike Compton & Joe Newberry Live - The Interview
Mike Compton and Joe Newberry are releasing a new recording February 1. In celebration of its release we produced this short interview with Mike about the project entitled Mike Compton and Joe Newberry - Live.
January 27, 2013 - 2:45 pm
The Pete Martin Interview
The Pete Martin Interview
JazzMando.com's Ted Eschliman pays a visit to Mandolin Magazine columnist Pete Martin, owner of Petimar Press, publishers of theory studies for stringed instruments.
December 30, 2012 - 2:30 pm
An Interview with Don Julin, author of Mandolin For Dummies
An Interview with Don Julin, author of Mandolin For Dummies
Ted Eschliman interviews author Don Julin about his forthcoming book "Mandolin For Dummies."
September 9, 2012 - 6:45 am
An Evening with The Andy Statman Trio
An Evening with The Andy Statman Trio
We pay a visit to the Charles Street Synagogue in New York City, home to the Andy Statman Trio and share our experiences hearing Andy's group live.
August 8, 2012 - 8:00 pm
10 Questions For Jason Anick
10 Questions For Jason Anick
Ted Eschliman from JazzMando.com interviews Jason Anick, jazz mandolin and violin virtuoso and new faculty member at Boston's Berklee College of Music.
July 1, 2012 - 1:30 pm

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