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    Default Emmylou Harris "When I Paint My Masterpiece" mando?

    A truly great version of a truly great song:


    I am working up this version to bring to the guys. Who is the mandolin player on this, anyone know?

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    Just guessing Levon Helm, or maybe Sam Bush.
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    Levon is one of biggest musical influences, I'd be knocked out but surprised if it was him.

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    I can't find a date for when this was recorded. Looking at the notes from her 70's and 80's albums, there's a load of credited mandolin players - Bush, Skaggs, Stuart Duncan, Glen Duncan, Albert Lee...the list goes on. Hard to hear a distinctive style or tone on the cut. So, sorry, I'm no help
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    Best I can tell it was recorded in 1996, so around the time of "Wrecking Ball" and the Spyboy tour.

    I really like the tempo and groove - economical playing that serves the recording very well IMO.

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    Great song and performance. Always loved Bob Weir singing this one too.
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    Default Re: Emmylou Harris "When I Paint My Masterpiece" mando?

    Tim O'Brien's version too, on "Red on Blonde."
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    Default Re: Emmylou Harris "When I Paint My Masterpiece" mando?

    I think both Rickie Simpkens and Sam Bush were on tour with her in 2008.

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    Default Re: Emmylou Harris "When I Paint My Masterpiece" mando?

    Quote Originally Posted by bob_mc View Post
    Best I can tell it was recorded in 1996, so around the time of "Wrecking Ball" and the Spyboy tour.
    That's when the box set was released, but it's a collection of earlier material so likely has nothing to do with the Wrecking Ball/Spyboy years. An outtake from one of her earlier albums perhaps, the liner notes would probably tell us what we need to know.

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    Yeah, I was thinking it sounds more like mid to late 80's Emmylou.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onassis View Post
    I can't find a date for when this was recorded. Looking at the notes from her 70's and 80's albums, there's a load of credited mandolin players - Bush, Skaggs, Stuart Duncan, Glen Duncan, Albert Lee...the list goes on. Hard to hear a distinctive style or tone on the cut. So, sorry, I'm no help
    Actually, until I read your post, I was unaware of the amazing Mr. Albert Lee played mando, so you are a help!

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    Default Re: Emmylou Harris "When I Paint My Masterpiece" mando?

    To my ear it does sound like Sammy, something about the tremolo in octaves around the chorus, but i have been wrong before...
    I should be pickin' rather than postin'

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    Sounds like Sam to me...

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    Default Re: Emmylou Harris "When I Paint My Masterpiece" mando?

    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    That's when the box set was released, but it's a collection of earlier material so likely has nothing to do with the Wrecking Ball/Spyboy years. An outtake from one of her earlier albums perhaps, the liner notes would probably tell us what we need to know.
    LOL, turns out I have the box set, I had forgotten about it. The box set does not actually list the performers on each track, rather it lists them all on the last page of the liner notes en masse. The set is roughly in chronological order, though, and the producers for this track are listed as Allen Reynolds and Richard Bennett, same as "At the Ryman" with the Nash Ramblers recorded in 1991. So it is quite likely (as other have mentioned), that it is Sam Bush.

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    Default Re: Emmylou Harris "When I Paint My Masterpiece" mando?

    Much obliged folks. Not that it has any impact on me recreating the part, I just like knowing the source. I would love to play in a pocket like that.

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    Another vote for Sam B. as well. He just plays circles around anything Levon H. ever played and I love Levon's playing.

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    Thanks for posting this. It’s a great cover of a great song.
    Its not a backwards guitar.

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