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  1. Mandolin Mondays #189 w/ Special Guest Guthrie Trapp

    Turns out Nashville guitar phenom Guthrie Trapp can also shred on the mandolin. Hear him take this 2005 Sim Daley F5 mando for cruise on this improvised piece.



    When describing Guthrie's playing, no one says it better that the legendary John Oates, "He is without a doubt one of the greatest soloist Iíve ever heard, fluid, technical, inventive and soulful. Guthrie is the kind of guitarist that makes other players go home ...
  2. New Arrival!!!

    I'm very happy to announce that our band, Sweet Tidings Gospel Jam, has just released our newest Gospel album, "Grace for the Journey" (July 29). This is the 2X-CD, 27 track Gospel album that we recorded last summer. We're so pleased it's finally out. The tracks on this album are all out on YouTube and the album is also available at most well known online outlets if you're interested.

    Here's a YouTube sample from this album, "Drifting Too Far". I hope you ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #188 w/ Special Guest Pepita Emmerichs

    The amazing Pepita Emmerichs from Australia's acclaimed indie pop/alt folk band Oh Pep! joins us on Mandolin Mondays with this catching original tune played on Pepi's Kentucky KM 1000 mandolin--filmed at the stunning Eibsee Lake in Germany!



    Since releasing their first album Stadium Cake, Oh Pep! has won the hearts of NPR, the New York Times, Paste Magazine and so much more. They've played at some of the biggest music festivals ...
  4. Another Custom Ranger Travel Mandolin

    Thought I'd post this one. Bruce has been getting several inlay requests lately, not only on Rangers but armrests and truss rod covers.

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  5. Mandolin Mondays #187 w/ Special Guest Mike Mullins

    West coast mandolin resident Mike Mullins joins us for Mandolin Mondays with a beautiful rendition of "The Water is Wide" played on his renecked 1937 Gibson F7.



    Mike has been the guitarist for the California-based band the Cache Valley Drifters for a while now, but he says that mandolin is his first love. He's collaborated with some of the best cats on the West Coast--even found himself as an Artist-in-residence ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #186 w/ Special Guest Danny Roberts

    The great Danny Roberts of the award-winning bluegrass band The Grascals burns this original tune on his Sorensen VX mandolin this week on Mandolin Mondays.



    Danny has had a prolific career with the mandolin since a his time growing up in Kentucky. In 1982 he co-founded the band New Tradition, a bluegrass/gospel group that toured the country for close to 20 years and recorded 10 albums. When the band went on hiatus, Danny ...
  7. "Supremo" tenor Guitar

    Hi
    I have a tenor of early vintage that has the brand name of "Supremo". I'm just wondering if anyone has heard of the brand or anything basically about the history of the brand would be appreciated. I bought the guitar at a Goodwill style auction in Ontario, Canada and had a new bridge constructed for the guitar and now it's playable. The guitar has f-holes, is 35" in total length with a dark sunburst finish, a plain metal u shaped tailpiece and looks a lot like some of the ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #185 Featuring Andrew Buckner

    Middle Tennessee mandolinist Andrew Buckner takes us on a journey with an original tune "Coffee and a Good Book" played beautifully on his TKD F5 Eagle mandolin.



    Andrew has recorded three, full-length albums with the band Steel Bridge and still performs regularly with the group. In the fall of 2012, Andrew worked briefly as a guitarist with the band Wisewater featuring Forrest O'Connor, and ...
  9. Mandolin Bridges

    I just saw this blog post we did- it's been a year (!) but the info is always timely.

    Any of the bridge issues below will rob your instrument of tone and volume and are responsible for more players going on a new string brand or gauge hunt because their instrument just doesnít sound like it used to.

    I know Iíve posted on this topic a few times before, however recently Bruce has gotten quite a few instruments in for miscellaneous work and noticed almost all had bridge ...
  10. Light in the Dark

    We all go through grey and dark times: Being alone when I did not want to be, being with people Iíd rather not be. Not having what I want and having a lot I donít, not being who I want to be by this time, and no closer to it than ever.

    Being caught in a lie, or worse, being caught in a truth.

    And darker times.

    Losing friends over ridiculous arguments far less important (or informed) than was the friendship. Losing friends forever to structural infirmities ...
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