Mandolin Cafe Front Page Archive
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2017 Front Page Highlights
- How did we miss this one all these years? Romantic Japanese Mandolins.
- Early Bird tickets available. Great line-up: Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2017.
- Mandolin Mondays: David Benedict's Dave Matthews Band Mandolin Medley. Wow.
- Tristan Scroggins and Alisa Rose announced their debut album, GRANA. More...
- Sublime: John Reischman and Kenny Smith with Nate Lee: "A Prairie Jewel."
- Interesting discussion from about 8 yrs. ago: early Gibson factory photo.
- New from Jenni Lyn Gardner: Jenni Lyn - Burn Another Candle. Very highly recommended.
- Marla Fibish is our guest for Mandolin Mondays #67 with a nice set of hop jigs!
- Mandolin Cafe extends best wishes to Sam Bush on his 65th birthday!
- We like it, and it rhymes! David Benedict's One Stop Double Stop Shop.
- Nice feature on our friends at Retrofret in this online GQ Style article.
- Just announced: Avi Avital and Omer Avital have a duo album slated for June.
- 12 Winning entries in the GHS Pure Nickel Mandolin Strings Giveaway have been contacted.
- Published this date 2007: The Music of Bill Monroe, by Neil V. Rosenberg and Charles K. Wolfe.
- Giri Peters, our recent guest for Mandolin Mondays appeared with his band The Salty Dogs on the new TV show Little Big Shots April 9.
- Available for pre-order: 1930s Country Mandolin: Bluegrass Roots by Joseph Weidlich.
- New music from Steep Ravine on the Cafe MP3 page.
- New in print from Hal Leonard Publishers with an April 17 publication date: Classical Mandolin Solos by Carlo Aonzo. Pre-order from amazon.com
- Alan Epstein is our special guest for Mandolin Mondays #66 playing "Shalom Aleichem."
- New in print from Mel Bay Publications, Inc. in tablature and standard notation: 100 Tunes from O'Neill's Music of Ireland for Mandolin. Order: from Mel Bay | Elderly
- The folks at Northfield organizing the Marshall Mando Summit tell us there are still a couple of slots left.
- Stupid: American Airlines finds a new way to mistreat a responsible musician and long-time customer.
- August 3, Hyden, Kentucky: Bobby Osborne's Mandolin Roundup with Scott Napier and Lauren Price.
- Starts April 7! Mandolin and Guitar Camps North, Prindle Pond Conference Center Charlton, Massachusetts.
- Information about this year's Classical Mandolin Society Convention in Milwaukee.
- April 3 opening day for Major League Baseball: Jethro and Steve Goodman, take it away!
- Bringing together 11 legends of bluegrass mandolin for live duet recordings, Casey Campbell's Mandolin Duets: Volume One. » Order
- Ever want to learn some of David Benedict's amazing Mandolin Mondays music? Now you can via his track at Mandolins Heal The World.
- Ouch. One of classical music's most respected voices critical of the Thile/Meyer/Ma Bach disc.
- Brian Oberlin, Don Stiernberg: First Annual Great Lakes Mandolin Camp Announced.
- Emory Lester is Mandolin Mondays #65 with "Eight More Miles to Louisville." Wow!
- GHS Pure Nickel Mandolin Strings Giveaway starts Monday at noon Central!
- We're in: a Kickstarter for Five String, a short film by Andrew Dudenbostel. Familiar name...
- The 2017 San Diego Classical Mandolin Camp takes place July 24-30, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley. More...
- Seen this? John Reischman's Melodic Mandolin Tunes at Peghead Nation.
- New from GHS Strings: Pure Nickel Mandolin Strings.
- Jordan Ramsey crosspicking at Mandolins Heal The World.
- Information about the Marshall Mando Summit, August 17-20 in Marshall, Michigan.
- New Tim Connell lessons just in at Mandolins Heal The World.
- Avi Avital residency, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Germany.
- Latest newsletter from the Acoustic Music Co.
- David Grisman's thank you downloadable exercise.
- We think you'll really like the music of Alex Heflin.
- Mandolin Mondays: David Benedict's "Boston Boy." Wow.
- Bradley Laird's podcast for musicians learning to play.
- Happy birthday, David Grisman! Born March 23, 1945.
- New music from Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams: Chapter 3.
- Details for the 2017 San Diego Classical Mandolin Camp.
- Bradley Klein's A Brief History of Evening Prayer Blues.
- Subscriber feedback: Matt Flinner's online courses.
- Pre-order: Bobby Osborne recording Original.
- New from Alan Epstein: Sunset On Meriden Hill.
- Learn note-for-note some of David Benedict's Mandolin Mondays videos using SoundSlice and Mandolins Heal The World. Explained by video.
- The Cafe's official announcement about the blockbuster Marshall (Michigan) Mando Summit.
- Joe Brent is our guest for Mandolin Mondays #63.
- Looking for a little bit of free mandolin listening material? Here's a lot, instead.
- More creative video genius from Aaron Weinstein: The Myth of a Standing Ovation.
- At Peghead Nation: Wednesday's Facebook Live with Marla Fibish from earlier today is archived now.
- Gibson announces confirmed exclusive rights to trademarked body and headstock designs of three iconic guitar models. #letshiremorelawyers
- Marshall Mando Summit: Mike Marshall, Caterina Lichtenberg, Sarah Jarosz, Don Stiernberg, Tim O'Brien. Aug. 17-20, Marshall, Mich. Discussed.
- The Mandolin Cafe is offering a scholarship to attend the next Global Mandolin Retreat with Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg in California, July 21-23.
- Reminder: first month free or $20 off an annual subscription for John Reischman's new Peghead Nation School.
- Mandolin Cafe and Mandolins Heal The World $50 discount on a yearly membership. Use Promo CAFE17.
- A new all-star project out soon, Casey Campbell - Mandolin Duets: Volume One.
- Monroe Mandolin Camp is proud to announce their inaugural Wo-MON Scholarship.
- Two new pinky strengthening video tutorials from Don Julin and Mandolins Heal The World.
- Mandolin Mondays welcomes young mandolin talent Giri Peters!
- Happy birthdays (March 10) to Jethro Burns and Norman Blake!
- Published a year ago today, still a great read: The Rise of Marla Fibish.
- A brilliant talent interviewed: Rising Brazilian Mandolinist Elisa Meyer.
- Got an opinion on a potential new tenor guitar method book? Weigh in.
- Gorgeous new Celtic build by NK Forster on our forum. Great photos.
- Nicely done: John Reischman and Scott Nygaard on "Little Liza Jane" in the Peghead Nation Studios.
- A new EP of original octave mandolin from Italy's Fabio Paxia, The Coffee I've Never Had.
- The latest newsletter from the Acoustic Music Company of England. Lots of mandolin pix!
- Recent Cafe interviewee Ethan Setiawan is our guest for Mandolin Mondays #61 with Spain.
- Speaking of choro, meet the remarkable, totally unknown João Macambira. You're in for a treat. We're buying the pinga.
- Blast from the past: who remembers this discussion from ten years ago ?
- Great pictures from this forum member's Nyberg Mandola in process.
- Cool video: Nate Lee playing a Gilchrist and wearing a Cafe ball cap.
- Just Chris Thile hanging out in a ball pit with Stephen Colbert.
- Just out, can't wait to hear it: Casey Campbell: Mandolin Duets: Volume One.
- Published one year ago today: Rarities and Lutherie Tango at Gryphon Stringed Instruments.
- In light of her Grammy wins, you might enjoy our 2015 Looking Forward with Sarah Jarosz.
- Watch this 1896 aluminum bowlback discussion unfold with some surprises. Interesting!
- Kind of forum post we love: Gibson Alrite tribute build by Andy Poe, from a happy customer.
- New mandolin & guitars eye candy from our recent visit to Retrofret Vintage Guitars.
- New in the educational arena: the Murphy Method Digital Download site.
- John Reischman's Peghead Nation Courses: first month free or $20 off annual subscription. More | John's Peghead Nation page
- From this date 2010: our interview with the curator of Bill Monroe's mandolin.
- Jarrod Walker is our special guest for Mandolin Mondays #60.
- 2017 California Coast Music Camp dates, staff announced.
- Specs for the new Eastman MDO305 Octave we reported on from NAMM. Discussed.
- Last video in Aaron Weinstein's Mandolin Etude Thursdays.
- "The Girl I Left Behind," a new free lesson from Don Julin and Mandolins Heal the World.
- New owner: Mandolin Brothers has been sold in name only, no retail store to follow.
- Sobering: Thousands of new (music) releases do not achieve a single sale.
- Information on the The Travelin' McCourys "The Grateful Ball video/tour.
- The Gibson Brothers have announced the release of In The Ground with two-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Jesse Brock on board. More...
- New Monroe collection a real bombshell for fans: Bill Monroe - Castle Studio 1950/1951.
- With a mind boggling number of online lesson providers and choices, maybe all you need is one good lesson and one very good instructor.
- For The Right Mandolin, This Kansas City Musician Needed One Man - And Patience.
- Matt Witler is our special video guest for Mandolin Mondays #59. Crazy great crosspicking!
- Bach Trios coming April 7 from Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. Discussed on our forum.
- Mandolin Cafe and Mandolins Heal The World partner to offer $50 discount on year membership. Use Promo CAFE17 » More... | Subscribe
- Strange things found on this site: tablature to Spinal Tap's "Stonehenge," submitted by "Nigel."
- Elderly tells us their order of new Eastman octaves has been increased from 8 (already sold) to 12.
- Got Instagram? We're jumping back in after an absence of a few years and 1,100+ followers.
- 4th Annual Metamora Mandolin Gathering set for March 25 in Metamora, Ind.
- Aw shucks... a nice little write-up up about the Cafe on the California Bluegrass Association site.
- Sarah Jarosz takes two Grammys. Congrats, Sarah, and all of the folk/bluegrass nominees!
- Video #6 of 7: Aaron Weinstein's Mandolin Etude Thursdays.
- A nice set of Irish reels from Marla Fibish and Dale Russ in the Peghead Nation studio.
- Register now for the Monroe Mandolin Camp, Sept. 13-17. Includes banjo and fiddle tracks.
- Walker Creek Music Camp - April 7-10 with Reischman, Gilchrist, Bruce, Tuttle and Bragger.
- Some familiar names in this Paste article 7 Women Smashing the Bluegrass Glass Ceiling.
- Matt Flinner is our special guest for Mandolin Mondays #58.
- Long, long ago in a land far, far away: the Mandocrucian Digest. Stuff we find on this site.
- The latest newsletter from the Acoustic Music Company.
- Cafe exclusive: The New Normal? Crowdfunding Bobby Osborne.
- A new web site for Don Stiernberg.
- #5 of 7 in Aaron Weinstein's Mandolin Etude Thursdays.
- This date 2012: our Chris Thile Interview where we ID the original owner of his Loar.
- Entertaining: Making a Clark F5.
- Celebrating the events of 10 years ago today, this fascinating history most have never heard: The 2006-2007 LoarFest audio tapes.
- Mike Compton and Scott Nygaard rip a great version of "Bluegrass Special."
- Jazz mandolinist Jason Bailey is David Benedict's special guest for Mandolin Mondays #57!
- A video of the new Gold Tone Mandocello that was on display at the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim.
- Information on Bradley Laird's new venture: Grass Talk Radio.
- New at Mandolins Heal The World: Getting To Know The Notes with Don Julin.
- Collings offers the guys and gals a really nice t-shirt. Those are really cool!
- Nicely done: Alex Heflin's The Flintstones Meet Coltrane.
- John Reischman in teaming up with Peghead Nation to teach mandolin courses. Visit the announcement on their web site.
- #4 of 7: Aaron Weinstein's Etude Thursdays based on Mandolin Chord Melody System.
- New music from the Rain City Ramblers on the Cafe MP3 page. Get this cut and 575 other tracks, free.
- Got a question for the Monroe Mandolin Camp staff? They just might answer your inquiry here.
- New music from Tim May and Steve Smith: Murder of Crows.
- Now that's pretty cool: the new Collings ball cap they're offering for sale.
- Must read: Walter Carter's The Mandolin in America. Discussed.
- Coming Sunday: The New Normal? Crowdfunding Bobby Osborne, an interview with Alison Brown and Bobby Osborne.
- The latest newsletter from The Acoustic Music Company. Lots of great eye candy.
- Ending soon: taken advantage of the huge Acoustic Disc Winter sale? 25% off everything.
- It's Mandolin Mondays #56 with David Benedict's special guest Adam Tanner!
- Every once in awhile you just wish it true: the last page on the Internet.
- New music by Jozef Scheiner on the Mandolin Cafe MP2 page Get this and 573 other free downloadable mandolin MP3s.
- June 1-4, Carlo Aonzo's annual Mandolin Workshop will be held in Milwaukee. Details.
- A bit of reporting and photos from our 2017 NAMM Show experience in Anaheim, Calif.
- New music by Alan Epstein on the Mandolin Cafe MP2 page.
- Pictures of the new Eastman octave mandolin we saw at the NAMM Show in Anaheim. Very nice. So new they just received the day before the show.
- Published this date 2008 and still a great read: Bill Graham's Flinner's Made-Fresh-Daily.
- Double-stops explained logically by David Benedict on Mandolins Heal The World.
- Insightful! Video #3 of 7 from Aaron Weinstein's Mandolin Etude Thursdays.
- Meet The Shisha Group. Help crowdfund a Cafe regular's new album with a new band.
- Meet legendary builder Andy Manson and a one-of-a-kind mandolin. We got to at this weekend's NAMM Show.
- Carlo Aonzo's 17th annual U.S. Mandolin Workshop, held in Milwaukee this year, June 1-4. See: workshop web site.
- Digging the new Pono line just hiting retail. Here's their Terz Octave Mandolin at Fiddler's Green.
- Mandolin Mondays #55: David Benedict tackles Super Mario Mandolin Medley. #mandolinmondays
- Well written, comprehensive review of the new Northfield F-5.
- An important anniversary: Gibson mandolin adjustable bridge patented this date 1921.
- David Mansfield has announced the release of his recording Solo Mandolin - David Mansfield Performs Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead.
- A really nice solo acoustic mandolin EP just out. Andrew Buckner - Coffee and a Good Book.
- Some nice jazz mandolin posted in our blog area a few days ago.
- Those of using Yahoo as your email provider on our Forum need to read this.
- Quote from Dennis at The Mandolin Store: "Totally blown away by the new Pono Octave mandolin line. Most exciting new product in a long time!"
- Video Number 2 of Aaron Weinstein's Mandolin Etude Thursdays is now available. Get the book.
- Got Mandolin Cafe On Demand? Instantly downloadable lessons from the very best.
- New music from David Mansfield on Mandolin Cafe MP3 page.
- Now available! The newest book by Walter Carter: The Mandolin in America. » Purchase from author
- Nate Lee is our special guest for the latest edition of Mandolin Mondays. Brilliant tune, terrific tone.
- Mike Compton featured in an audio interview for LearnChair Radio.
- A new publication on amazon we don't have enough information on for a news release but worth sharing: "50 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin."
- New from Joe K. Walsh at Peghead Nation: David Grisman's composition "Telluride" just added.
- Tastes great, less filling: To Do or Not To Do, that is the question.
- Happy birthday to Dan Beimborn, system administrator for the Mandolin Cafe.
- The Dawg makes an appearance in Guitar Player's special acoustic section they call Frets.
- New from Homespun: Mandolin Licks-Ercises - Licks, Tunes and Exercises for Beginning and Intermediate Players. Order: Mandolin Cafe On Demand | Elderly
- Well worth the read: Mandolins on the island at the edge of the world.
- Almost a national holiday of sorts for mandolinists: Lloyd Loar was born this date 1886 in Cropsey, Illinois.
- New in print: Christmas Carols for Crosspicking Mandola or Tenor Banjo.
- We welcome the first of Aaron Weinstein's Etude Thursday videos. Buckle up, it's a good ride.
- Don Julin has added 7 new Chris Henry videos on Monroe style at Mandolins Heal The World.
- Help for balding men and those with cold heads: Mandolin Cafe ball caps. Not sold in stores.
- Suppose we could explain this to you but if you don't know, it's as simple as the fact you never had kids.
- Mandolin Mondays continues in 2017 with *great* guests, like Joe K. Walsh! #mandolinmondays
- Great forum post from one of our members: Inside the Ellis and Pava Workshop.
- We've added our financial support to David Benedict and Mile Twelve Kickstarter.
- The Stradolin. Praised by David Grisman, Stan Jay and Lowell Levinger in our feature Great Vintage Mandolins Under $1,000. Not everyone agrees.
- A great read from this date 2015: our Frank Solivan feature interview.
- Favorite: Charlie Louvin's incredible book Satan Is Real was published this date 2012. More...
- New music from our favorite music writer Bill Graham on the Cafe MP3 page.
- Nice eye candy and information in the latest newsletter from The Acoustic Music Company.
- Many interesting comments are starting to roll in for this question in our forum: Is there such a thing as a "Mandolin Culture?"
- Joe K. Walsh demos his new Nugget mandolin for Peghead Nation.
- New music from the Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble, their first recording has just released: Global Mandolization. Hear a track on the Cafe MP3 page.
- Zero mandolin content, but all about music and people. Watch, and you'll understand why you should see the documentary Alive Inside.
- As we do each year about this time: The Mandolin Cafe's Year In Review.
- Interesting: seeking info on a very early family mandolin.
- David Benedict's Mandolin Mondays to ride again in 2017 with special guests. Thanks, David! He takes us out of 2016 with a brilliant version of "Auld Lang Syne."
- From December 28, 2010, our Avi Avital interview by Joe Brent. Still a great read!
- Loaded, ready for students: over 160 mandolin camps and workshops.