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Mandolin Mondays #286 w/ Special Guest Jeff Midkiff

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This week on Mandolin Mondays we've got the amazing Jeff Midkiff with us, playing an impressive rendition of "Blackberry Blossom" on his 2004 Gilchrist mandolin.



The mandolin is how Jeff got to the stage of Carnegie Hall. The Kennedy Center too. And not just as a picker, but as a composer. Mandolin concertos -- one a double concerto for mandolin and violin -- and chamber music have come from his fertile musical mind.

So Midkiff's not your typical mandolinst. But that doesn't mean he hasn't also graced the stages of equally distinguished bluegrass festivals, including Grey Fox, Bean Blossom and Strawberry (sort of the Salzburg Festivals of the bluegrass world), beginning his career as the inaugural eight-stringer in the 1980s with the renowned Lonesome River Band, filling that role on their first two albums, as well as the New Grass Revue, McPeak Brothers, Bluegrass Express, and The Schankman Twins.

Jeff is also offering a transcription of this arrangement--contact him through his website here to inquire: http://www.jeffmidkiff.com/contact.html

And be sure to connect with Jeff at the following links below for more information about his music:

http://www.jeffmidkiff.com/index.html
https://www.facebook.com/jeffmidkiffmusic/

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!
David

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Comments

  1. Brian Ebie's Avatar
    Wow! Great playing, Jeff. A great way to start the morning!
  2. Todd Bowman's Avatar
    A wonderful rendition of Blackberry Blossom! Thank you for sharing!
  3. John Soper's Avatar
    Whoah Yeah! Great version.
  4. Jim Taylor's Avatar
    Thanks! Jeff (and David).
  5. ccravens's Avatar
    Great playing and amazing sounding instrument!
  6. Bud Barnwell's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing Jeff. Really great version.
  7. Matt Livingston's Avatar
    One of Roanoke's finest!
  8. Paul Statman's Avatar
    Wow -crispy clear and tasty, too. Thank you.