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    I picked up a fun album today by Gus Ingo from 1979. Wayne Henderson plays lead guitar. Gus plays a bunch of bluegrass tunes on mandolin.

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    Apparently in his career he played with a band called the Mountain County Boys and later the McPeak Brothers, with whom he recorded an album called "Where it all began in Virginia." He shared the stage with Bill Monroe, and got to play Bill's mandolin, and also played with James Monroe.

    Apparently the mandolin on the cover is by Fred Hensley of Galax, VA.

    I've never heard him discussed here.

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    Never heard of him. Do you have any way of digitizing that album? I'd love to hear a cut or two.

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    here's a couple from the Gus Ingo album.

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    Plays for me. Really strong, clean old-school playing. I like it!

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    Me too. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry S Sherman View Post
    I picked up a fun album today by Gus Ingo from 1979. Wayne Henderson plays lead guitar. Gus plays a bunch of bluegrass tunes on mandolin.

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    Apparently in his career he played with a band called the Mountain County Boys and later the McPeak Brothers, with whom he recorded an album called "Where it all began in Virginia." He shared the stage with Bill Monroe, and got to play Bill's mandolin, and also played with James Monroe.

    Apparently the mandolin on the cover is by Fred Hensley of Galax, VA.

    I've never heard him discussed here.

    Larry
    Larry,
    I know this is an older post but I thought I'd respond to it anyway. I grew up in the same town as Gus Ingo and listened to he and his sisters perform on WYVE radio out of Wytheville, Va.. I knew Gus all of my life and got the opportunity to pick with him on numerous occasions. Gus was the real deal! He was playing progressive mandolin 25 years before anyone else and was a true artist.
    Gus' dad worked at the Radford arsenal and brought home a mandolin he picked up somewhere (He told me where but I forgot), and pitched it on the bed and told the kids that whichever one of them that learned to play it first could keep it. Of course, it was Gus at about 10 years of age, best I remember.
    Gus was from the "Piney" section of Wythe County, Va. and was a lifetime member of the Mt. Zion Church. He picked mandolin, Scruggs style guitar, played piano, one of those people that could play anything he laid hands on.
    He certainly did know Bill Monroe and played with him. After a Bill Monroe show he and a friend walked backstage and Bill hopped up and almost ran toward him and said "Well there's ol' Gus" with his hand stuck out! He gave Gus a new set of his Gibson signature strings to try on his mandolin to which Gus replied, "I won't ever put those on a mandolin", (meaning they were to special to play and kept them in his case as a memento).
    Gus was also one of the first people I ever played for in public. I played "A Vision of Mother" for him and he told me I needed to be in a band performing, complimented my singing. That was the first "real" encouragement I ever received from someone, outside the family.
    We lost Gus a few years ago and the world won't be the same without him. He was a real class act!!!
    Sincerely,
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    Thanks for that recollection, Ted. I just discovered Gus Ingo through this thread and his playing knocked me out. I'd love to get hold of that album.

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    I just came across this ancient thread while trying to find info on Gus Ingo. This album is now available on youtube and is well worth listening to:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THwcNm-W0vI

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    A blast from the past, I have the very same album. It is good.

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    Cool stuff, any idea what type of mandolin he played?
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary Fagan View Post
    I just came across this ancient thread while trying to find info on Gus Ingo. This album is now available on youtube and is well worth listening to:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THwcNm-W0vI
    Thank you so much for posting this, Cary! I'd never heard of this guy until I clicked on this thread moments ago, and now can't stop listening to this album. Great tone, cool vibe, just a nice blast from the sonic past! Thanks again, Bryn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Cool stuff, any idea what type of mandolin he played?
    The OP says it was built by Fred Hensley of Galax, VA.

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    i just stumbled across this on YouTube. This guy’s music is awesome! Really fine picking and and Orange Blossom Special is killer!

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