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  1. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    This is a trademark claim, not a patent dispute. I think the reason this tends to irritate people is that Gibson didn't claim this and similar trademarks for decades, then after they become more or...
  2. Re: Acoustic blues show on mandolin and banjos

    Thanks for the endorsement, Ranald. That show at The Log Drive is probably my favourite show I've ever played: Great audience, great room, and a very supportive environment!

    Here's a link to the...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #50

    Greetings from a house that I'm visiting in the tall and lush woods on beautiful Vancouver Island.

    I've by no means run out of blues mandolin players. However, for my 50th post, I'm featuring...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #21

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    Thanks, again, to CharlesE and to his friend, Marshall Wyatt, owner of Old Hat Records in Raleigh, North Carolina, for bringing Little Laura Dukes to my...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #20

    it's time to get back to important mandolin players of an earlier era, Vol Stevens (circa 1890 -?) being an important example. According to Dr. Richard Cherry, Weldon was a string-band musician born...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #19

    Before I get to this week's blues-mandolin player, can anyone recommend any blues-mandolin women? I'm neither avoiding nor taking women for granted, but, with the possible exception of an "unknown...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #18

    Ken Whiteley (b. 1951) is a musician, songwriter, and producer, playing in a variety of styles on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, jugs, piano, accordion, harmonica, kazoo, and percussion...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #17

    Rich DelGrosso describes Eddie Dimmitt as an "unknown" mandolin player, who appeared on a few recordings, but otherwise disappeared from musical history. Dimmitt recorded and played with the Tommy...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #16

    I'm not able to find much about early blues players The Pruitt Twins, Miles and Milas Pruitt. One site says they played "those guitars that made Kansas City famous." Both played guitar, but one or...
  10. Re: IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Finalists for 2018

    Lots of people have strong opinions about it. Difference is, most have the decency to not be out here drumming it in public every day, year after year every single time the subject arises, after...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #15

    Johnny Young (1918 1974) is an important and influential blues mandolin player. Born later than Yank Rachell and Howard Armstrong (Blues, Stomps, & Rags #2,3,7), he too lived and performed into...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #14

    I don't know much about the contemporary American duo who I found on a CD-sales site, guitarist Rick Franklin and mandolin player Tom Mindte, other than that they're fine blues players and Mindte...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #13

    Here's an impressive tune played by The Two Poor Boys, a Tennessee guitar-and-mandolin duo, consisting of the usual lead singer, Joe Evans, and Arthur McLain. Evans was from Knoxville, and McClain is...
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    6 & 7/8's String Band

    I have been enjoying Ranald's posts presenting players doing rags and such. I was just listening to these guys this morning and thought I would share.
    They have been discussed here in the past but...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #12

    This week's blues mandolin player is "Dude" from King David's Jug Band, a group of street musicians from Cincinnati, who recorded a few cuts in two sessions in the late 1920's and 1930. Other band...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #11

    Some folks say the Italia blues ain't bad,
    Some folks say the Italia blues ain't bad,
    But them Italian blues are the worst I ever had.

    Lino Muio is a contemporary blues-mandolin player, living...
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    Re: Amusing story

    Great story. I have a similar one. Several actually. About 5 years ago, a new restaurant called Mediterraneo opened in our town. My wife had eaten there a couple of times and one evening ordered from...
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    Amusing story

    About two years ago, a young Afghani family bought the house next door. Haven't really had much contact with them as I have shrubs growing clear to the street. Figured they just wanted to keep to...
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    Blues, Stomps & Rags #10

    Steve James (b. 1950) is a contemporary blues mandolin player. Born in Manhattan, he began teaching himself guitar at twelve, using his father's blues records for inspiration. He's now recognized as...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #9

    I couldn't find much information about the mandolin player, Matthew Prater (1883-19--?), other than that he was born in New Albany, Mississippi in 1893, and teamed up with guitar player Nap Hayes in...
  21. If you keep going back, it's BOUND to happen!

    I wish, oh, how I wish, I had never gone to the Mando Shop's website a few weeks ago and saw the amber Northfield F5S with the solid back.

    Then I wish that I had not kept going back, almost on a...
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    Blues, Stomps & Rags #8

    Carl Martin (1906-1979) was a musical partner of Howard Armstrong (Blues, Stomps & Rags #7) in the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, in the duo, The Wandering Troubadors, and in Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong...
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    Blues, Stomps, and Rags #7

    Along with Yank Rachell ("Blues, Rags, & Stomps" #2 & 3), Howard Armstrong (1909-2003) was probably the most popular and influential of old blues-mandolin players, in part because both lived long...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #6

    Last week, I posted music by Rich DelGrosso. Next week, I'll post an old blues mandolinist. However, like Del Grosso, Andra Faye is a contemporary blues mandolinist, who played with "Saffire The...
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    Blues, Stomps, & Rags #5

    My previous posts have featured blues players from the early 20th century, though Yank Rachel lived and performed until the late 20th century. This week's blues musician is contemporary blues...
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