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    Looking for a few mando-centric blues recordings. Chicago, British, Mississippi, Texas... any old blues

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    Charlie McCoy
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    Chris: I have 10 or so blues tunes recorded on my YouTube channel and can share chord and lyric charts if you want...

    https://www.youtube.com/user/drsamly...sort=dd&view=0

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    I just finished this for an EP I’m working on.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NLxW_Ndqmec

    All tracks are mandolin.
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    Charlie McCoy is my favorite too. He can be heard in two contexts. He made some rural jug band type recordings with one or another of those many Chatmon brothers. But he also did some more Uptown stuff with the Harlem Hamfats. Any recording with Charlie on it is a treasure.

    Other required listening - Yank Rachell, Howard Armstrong (Louie Bluie), Johnny Young, Vol Stevens. I learned about a lot of these people from Rich DelGrosso's book Mandolin Blues. Get that book TODAY! And any recordings by Rich are great. Other contemporary blues mandolinists are Billy Flynn and Gerald Heard. Have you heard Mike Compton play blues? He is known as the master of the Monroe bluegrass style, but he plays great blues.

    I am dedicated to blues mandolin. At bluegrass and swing jams alike, I always call blues tunes when it is my turn. People really enjoy playing them.
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    Thanks guys. I'll check all this out.

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    I love Steve James's playing. https://youtu.be/YrOOtx50zC4

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    A warning, there are two Charlie McCoy's who play mandolin. You're looking for the earlier one, not the Nashville session musician, born in 1941, who'll come up first on your Google search. See if you can find "Charlie McCoy Complete 1928-1932 Recordings" (Document Records BDCD-6018). I got it cheaply on Amazon, but some of the CD's that I mention here are sometimes overpriced.

    Other outstanding old blues mandolinists include James "Yank" Rachell and Howard Armstrong (a.k.a. Louie Bluie), as well as others mentioned in message #5 above. Notable contemporary blues mandolinists include Rich DelGrosso, Lino Muoio, and Andra Faye. Steve James is great too, but his CD's usually have far more guitar. Faye too mostly plays other instruments. A must-have CD is "Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps & Blues: Vintage Mandolin Music 1927-1946" (Document DOCD 32-20-3). Another good one is "Early Mandolin Classics, Volume 1" (Rounder CD 1050). If that's not enough, check this link on "Weenie Campbell", a website for lovers of old blues:

    https://weeniecampbell.com/wiki/inde...olin_Listening

    If you're learning: since Rich Del Grosso's book came up, when I started playing blues mandolin, I was new to mandolin, had only played a couple of blues tunes on fiddle, and didn't play guitar. I found his book difficult for someone at my level, though I'm working my way up to it. He has great tunes though, and his book is worth having just for the history. I then worked through Joe Carr's "School of Mandolin: Blues" (Mel Bay) with CD, which teaches rhythms and doesn't jump into solos. Then I moved onto Steve James's "Roots and Blues Mandolin" (Hal Leonard), with MP3 download, and his first instructional DVD, "Learn to Play Blues Mandolin" (Homespun), with sheet music download. Each of these instructional aids has its flaws, for instance Steve James shows you how to play a couple of bars on DVD, but then plays them differently when he plays the whole tune, while his sheet music is different again -- though this inconsistency is, in itself, a lesson in the blues. Still, all these teaching aids have strengths as well. Good luck.

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    Canadian legend, singer-songwriter Ken Whiteley, although more widely known for his stage presence and general vibe, is also a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist with a deep grasp of blues mandolin (and blues in general). As far as I know, he hasn't recorded any "mando-centric" albums but has a sprinkling of blues mandolin playing spread through a number of his albums. This one has probably got the most.
    http://www.kenwhiteley.com/index.php...ordings&id=165
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    Quote Originally Posted by O. Apitius View Post
    Canadian legend, singer-songwriter Ken Whiteley, although more widely known for his stage presence and general vibe, is also a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist with a deep grasp of blues mandolin (and blues in general). As far as I know, he hasn't recorded any "mando-centric" albums but has a sprinkling of blues mandolin playing spread through a number of his albums. This one has probably got the most.
    http://www.kenwhiteley.com/index.php...ordings&id=165

    Yes, Ken's a fine bluesman and a nice guy besides. He also plays mandolin on three songs on Guy Davis's blues CD, "Give in Kind". Davis himself plays a couple of mandolin tunes on his CD "Legacy", but I'd call his style more old-time than blues, on these songs anyway.

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