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  1. Mandolin Mondays #110 w/ Special Guest Mike Compton

    The one and only Mike Compton stops in for Mandolin Mondays this week for a gut wrenching blues tune played on an amazing Lloyd Loar mandolin (July 9, 1923 #73725).



    Mike has a mandolin curriculum vitae longer than anyone in the business. To name a few notable chapters in his career he was a founder of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, a longtime John Hartford collaborator, a member of the Soggy Bottom Boys ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #39 - Blue Monk

    Letting loose with this dissonant and spunky jazz blues by the great Thelonious Monk. One of my favorite quotes: "A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination" ~ Monk.



    Thanks so much for watching! If you liked the video, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with your friends on social media. Also, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tune in this video. ...