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    Default Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Simple task, right? Four players who you’d carve into the side of a mountain.

    My first go

    Jethro burns, David grisman, Sam bush. Chris Thile.

    2 seconds later. Where’s monroe?

    Jethro burns, Bill Monroe, David grisman. Sam bush.

    But Thile has earned his place.

    What about mike Marshall? Ronnie McCoury? Mike Compton? Yank rachell? Johnny young?

    Ry cooder? Sierra hull?

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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Lewis View Post
    Simple task, right? Four players who you’d carve into the side of a mountain.

    My first go

    Jethro burns, David grisman, Sam bush. Chris Thile,

    2 seconds later. Where’s monroe?

    Jethro burns, Bill Monroe, David grisman. Sam bush.

    But Thile has earned his place.

    What about mike Marshall? Ronnie McCoury? Mike Compton? Yank rachell? Johnny young?

    Ry cooder? Sierra hull?

    Can you do a better job?
    Bill Monroe, Chris Thile, Marty Stuart, David Grisman Great thread by the way !
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    I'll play! Here are the players that had their own style, true innovators! John Duffey, Big Mon, Dawg, Dave Apollon Jesse McReynolds, Jethro and Thile! There are loads of other greats that had their own style but these guys all were true innovators that started their own stamp and style that others followed and improved on I think anyway?

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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    My strictly personal version would be:
    - Bill Bolick
    - Jethro Burns
    - Dave Apollon
    - and (as a tie) some sort of combination of Dave Grisman and Jesse McReynolds
    (although, I am having a hard time picturing Jesse with Dawg's hair and beard)

    . . . to display for the rest of the mandolin world - the choices would have to look more like a museum than a gigantic statue.

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    How about the instruments on a Mandolin Rushmore?

    Gibson, Monteleone, Gilchrist, Kemnitzer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron McMillan View Post
    How about the instruments on a Mandolin Rushmore?

    Gibson, Monteleone, Gilchrist, Kemnitzer?
    Builders ? For me I would put Ellis, Girouard, Gilchrist and Gibson
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    Burns , Monroe, Grisman, Bush ……. each had a style of play that opened "new" music to our ears. Yes, C.T. is accomplished to a level where he could hang with any of them in their prime. I am waiting for C.T.'s establishing of a "brand". Punch Brothers are a step in that direction.
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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Ooh. How about-
    Peter Ostroushko, David Grisman, Dave Apollon, Heikki Lahti.

    Not really mainstream, but very influential in expanding the instrument and the music.

    As to instruments -
    Gibson, Gilchrist, Sobell and Strad-o-lin.

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    Hmmm, I’ll go with Monroe, Burns, Grisman and Baldassari (sic?).
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    Bill Monroe, David Grisman, Sam Bush, and Jethro Burns

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    How about noN-bluegrass players? At least one? Yank Rachell?
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    Ask in another hundred years.
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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Caterina Lichtenberg, Raffaele Callace, Alon Sariel, Ekaterina Skliar.
    There that's all classical players from different countries.
    For Bluegrass:
    Bill Monroe, Mike Compton, Lauren Price-Napier, Sam Bush.
    And for the other bluegrass carving (you have to have a second one made as a tourist attraction somewhere else)
    Roland White, David Grisman, Ronny McCoury, and Silas Powell.
    If you want the best looking carving though...
    Sierra Hull, Sarah Jarosz, AJ Lee, Penny Lea Clark (or Abby Hartley...)
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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Monroe -- Burns -- McReynolds -- Duffey -- Bush -- Grisman (They all deserve a bigger mountain!)

    Gibson & Loar -- Monteleone -- Brentrup -- Kemnitzer

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    Of course, we are just having fun, but....

    The original Mt Rushmore choices were controversial from start and even to this day as to why Teddy Roosevelt was selected.....

    If it were being made today obviously, the choices would be different....

    So, it doesn't surprise me that we can't agree who the mandolin choices would be....

    Should it be based on historical significance, type of music, or just our favorite artists?

    Based on history, the younger players would not qualify, for example...although great, I would include Bush, Stuart, Ronnie McCoury and Thile in this group.

    Dave Apollon is great, historical, but I can't say I ever heard of him or his music until I joined the café....

    Same with Neapolitan mandolin -- I'm sure great mandolin music was created and played a couple hundred years ago, but I can't say I've heard much of it or would know who the artists are (were).....FWIW.

    So, the focus everyone seems to be taking is a "modern" selection of 20th century mandolin players, which is fine....

    Again, focus seems to be mostly USA players.....?

    I'm being real fussy, but how about Monroe, McReynolds, Tiny Moore, and Jethro? That would cover several playing styles, genres, and even electric.....

    I say Jethro with a caveat, not because of his talent, but because I first knew of him as a musical comedian doing parody songs -- the mandolin was secondary to the comedy, much like Steve Martin. Of course, Jethro did session work, as well. So, I'm being picky....

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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    There are too many greats past and present. My vote would just be Bill Monroe a la Crazy Horse.

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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    More than simply players, but…

    Orville Gibson for breaking away from traditional bowl-back design and introducing a mandolin based on carved violin construction.

    Lloyd Loar for advancing Gibson’s concepts with features that many attempt to replicate to this day.

    Bill Monroe for bringing the mandolin out from parlors and orchestras to a lead instrument.

    David Grisman for emphasizing the mandolin’s versatility by composing and performing across multiple genres.
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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    My personal Mando Mt Rushmore:

    Matt Flinner
    Baron Collins-Hill
    Bradley Laird
    Brian Oberlin

    Because they have been my primary instructors in learning how to play through their classes, online resources, podcasts, and camps. They have all helped keep this hobby fun for me, and I appreciate it immensely. As far as performers, I don't think I could limit it to just four!

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    Wake Frankfield was fairly innovative as well...

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    Monroe for getting the mandolin into the public’s attention & for establishing a musical benchmark. Grisman for taking the baton from Monroe. Thile for taking the baton from Grisman. And Lloyd Loar for establishing a benchmark for our instrument. I’m talking of course of the more modern era.

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    I don't see a need to "rank." All these great artists and more can share whatever title or stage. If they need to be on the side of the mountain just do holograms, switch them out every few days. . .

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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Quote Originally Posted by NursingDaBlues View Post
    More than simply players, but…

    Orville Gibson for breaking away from traditional bowl-back design and introducing a mandolin based on carved violin construction.

    Lloyd Loar for advancing Gibson’s concepts with features that many attempt to replicate to this day.

    Bill Monroe for bringing the mandolin out from parlors and orchestras to a lead instrument.

    David Grisman for emphasizing the mandolin’s versatility by composing and performing across multiple genres.
    This is pretty much how I see it as well.

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    I'm new as a mandolin player, but not so new as a mandolin listener. If I could only pick four, it would have to be Bill Monroe, David Grisman, Chris Thile, Yank Rachell. Those four guys, for me, defined the instrument as a listener and without them I wouldn't have known or cared enough to pick up a mandolin myself.

    Monroe obviously pioneered how the instrument is used today. Grisman really opened things up and took it to the next level, and was the first mandolin player I knew by name. For me, Thile has really driven the point home that you can play ANYTHING on a mandolin - especially with what he is doing as host of Live From Here (formerly Prairie Home Companion). And for me Yank Rachell represents the pre-Monroe tradition, blues, etc.

    It was really tough not putting Sam Bush up there, and John Reischman was also a strong contender. If I was doing strictly bluegrass one of them would have bumped Yank Rachell. I've also gotta give a shout out to Sierra Hull and Sarah Jorosz. I think they are too young/early in their careers to be considered "elder states(wo)men" yet, but they are headed in that direction IMHO. I expect them both to be huge influences on up-and-coming generations of players.

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    Default Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Bill Monroe
    Sam Bush
    David Grisman
    Jethro Burns

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