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  1. Mandolin Mondays #75 w/ Special Guest Steve Smith

    Mandolin Mondays #75: Steve Smith is with us this week playing and singing a powerful solo rendition of the famous "Crossroad Blues" on his Ellis mandolin.

    Now based in New Mexico, mandolinist Steve Smith has been in the mandolin business for quite some time. Back in the 80's Steve got his start playing with the hot young bluegrass band from Charlottesville, VA, called Cloud Valley, featuring Missy Raines on the ...
  2. Acts of Defiance

    Hang on folks this is important.

    Every year I throw a large music party at a local state park pavilion. At times we have had as many as 65 or 70 attendees. Once or twice we had three simultaneous jams, old time and traditional, hard core Irish traditional, and one for old country and western songs.

    Mandolins, yea, but banjos too, fiddles galore, two or three cellos, maybe an accordion and a clarinet, one or two autoharps, and many guitars.

    Been doing this for ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #74 /// "Diabinho Maluco"

    Working on this Choro tune by Jacob do Bandolim and it's been a tricky little devil to learn. In fact, that's what it's called! I enjoyed exploring some dynamic and melodic variations with this one.

    Thanks so much for watching and sharing these videos with your friends! Also, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tunes in this video. I'd love to connect with you and send you a free copy. Just contact ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #73 w/ Special Guest Rory Hoffman

    For this week's Mandolin Mondays, I'm thrilled to have a special video of Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Rory Hoffman test driving his brand new Voight 2-point mandolin with an incredible improvised blues.

    Rory's inimitable and virtuosic playing across a plethora of different instruments and genres has made him somewhat of a Nashville legend. Over the years he has toured, performed, and recorded with such musicians ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #72 w/ Special Guest Don Julin

    Creator of Mandolins Heal the World, Don Julin is here with us this week playing a sweet Led Zeppelin song on his Airline Electric Mandola.

    Don Julin is a Michigan-based performer and instructor who has been at the forefront of mandolin education for many years. In 2012, Don wrote and released the popular mandolin learning resource, Mandolins for Dummies--a veritable smorgasbord of mandolin history, exercises, techniques, ...
  6. Nocturne - Spike Hughes [Jazz Mandolin] (#58)

    Hey guys! I'm a huge fan of Julian Lage and I have been listening to his trio album, Arclight, since it was released. I couldn't help but cover his arrangement of the Spike Hughes tune, "Nocturne."

    I believe this tune was originally recorded in 1933 by Spike Hughes (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), and I immediately fell in love with both his and Julian's arrangements. I hope you dig it!
  7. New Mandolin Player

    It is May 9, 2017. A few days away from my birthday. And a few months away from when I first picked up my mandolin. I have played guitar since I was a young girl. And have played some keyboard also. I've always been attracted to the string instruments and the sound they produce. A few months back, a friend loaned my a dobro to see how I would like it. I think it is another fascinating instrument and thought Why not? Somehow though it wasn't for me. I asked another friend if I could see his mandolin, ...
    Tags: newbie
  8. Mandolin Mondays #71 w/ Special Guest Casey Campbell

    A swinging Jethro Burns tune plus a Rattlesnake mandolin plus Nashville cat Casey Campbell equals all the good notes for this week's Mandolin Monday video.

    Casey Campbell has as deep roots in bluegrass as just about anyone in the business. Son of fiddler and Bluegrass Boy Jimmy Campbell, Casey literally took his first steps in Bill Monroe's dressing room at the Grand Ole Opry. Since then he's made a name for himself on the ...
  9. "My new album just dropped."

    ^ I've been waiting my whole life to say that!

    Check it out on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon -- any service you use, we're on there (or will be within days).

    And if you use Spotify, please follow our band! When we hit 250 followers, we'll be able to access info like number of plays, etc.!
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  10. Flaming Patterns and Prototypes