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    Had a nice visit by phone with author Ted Heinonen a few minutes before publishing this. He's among us and I hope he weighs in. Love this interview because you can just hear Jethro's voice and how he used to start sentences with "OK..." An interesting perspective on the mandolin world from a long time ago.

    Ted said builder Lloyd LaPlant is in the workshop photo posted at the bottom of the article. Not sure but guessing he's the first person just left of Jethro in the picture, in the back row.
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    Beautiful

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    Hei everyone, Glad I was able to share this interview with the Cafe. I felt lucky to have been able to meet one of my mandolin heros and to be able to interview him. Yes, that is Lloyd to the back and the left.
    As I told Scott this morning on the phone, Jethro was very generous with his time at our workshop, and Jean and I had a great time hearing tall tales of Nashville in the early days with Homer. I'm still looking through my old files for photos and such and will share them if I find any.
    Thanks again to Scott and this great web-site.
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    Thanks Ted (and Jeannie). What a pleasant surprise to come home from work and be able to read this interview. There's only one Jethro. Really appreciate you sharing this with all of us.
    Dear sir, I am terribly sorry, but I fear I must inform you that what you are playing is most certainly not any part of anything.

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    Wonderful! I had the pleasure of participating in the one and only weeklong workshop that Jethro taught at Augusta Heritage back in 1983. It was a privilege to learn from the Maestro and to hear a few hours of stories about Joe Venuti and others.

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    Fun Read! Thanks Ted (and Jeannie) and Scott.

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    Thank you for a look at a slice of music history! Jethro sounds, as you describe him, like a charming and gentle man. A great pioneer for music and the mandolin!

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    Thank you, Ted! Thanks Jeannie! that was fun. Proof that Duluth is the center of the mandolin universe.

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    Thanks so much !!!

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    Seeing Jethro's words about his own music that was out of print just happens to coincides with today's date, when Kaleidoscope records released his solo record Tea For One, still to be found on occasion for sale on amazon in LP format. Have our copy. It's a masterpiece. Hope to see it re-released on CD or digitally.

    Jethro Burns - Tea For One

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    Great stuff- thanks Ted. I'm to the left of Lloyd in the back row. I remember that workshop well. Jethro complimented my cheap Epiphone mandolin that I played at that time. He said he used to play a similar one. Too bad a little of his talent didn't rub off.

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    Priceless. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    Great read, thanks for printing this interview. I wish more of his work was available today. Most of what I've gotten to hear has been old TV spots on YouTube.

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    What a great treasure!
    Thanks Ted! Thanks indeed!

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    Absolutely spectacular! Thank you! You made my day!

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    Ted sent one more image of Jethro:

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    Thanks for the interview Ted!

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    I was one of Jethro's students by mail. I also spoke to him on the telephone. His Mel Bay books changed my life. I got the tapes of the books from Ken Eidson and Ken's other mandolin books from Mel Bay. I loved Jethro's column in Mandolin World News.
    I miss him!

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    Thanks for posting this. I'm not a Jethrophile as I can't play but one of his tunes. But I continue tp appreciate and enjoy his music. His words are always a pleasure as well. R/

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    Enjoyed the article immensely, thank you so much for sharing this!

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    Really loved the interview, as well. Jethro was funny, generous, & had a wealth of Mandolin knowledge & experience to share.
    He was my 1st Mandolin teacher & I try to work that into any conversation I can. I am a unashamed Jethro name dropper. I'd love to hear Jethro's name dropped more often. We do hear a lot about Bill Monroe & Chris Thile. Rightfully so, two Giants in the Mandolin world. I think Jethro belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of Mandolin.

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    Our thanks to Ted Heinonen & Jeannie Anderson who allowed us to republish this old Jethro Burns interview two years ago today. It's a gem!

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    Wonderful to reread this after learning about the Jazz From the Hills cd in a workshop with Don Steirnberg over the weekend. Homer, Jethro, Chet, Dale Potter and George Barnes. Great listen.

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