Page 1 of 7 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 173

Thread: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

  1. #1

    Default Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Please feel free to shift this to a pre-existing thread if it fits somewhere else.

    I'm curious about the mandolin player(s) who made you say, "I wanna do THAT!" Big stars? Lesser-known players? Your dad? Your neighbor?

    For me, Bill Monroe music put me in awe of the mandolin, and I enjoyed hearing mandolin grace various rock tracks over the years. But two particular players from my neck of the woods in North Carolina probably did the most to make me say, "I'll never be that good, but it would be fun to try!"

    One was Tony Williamson. A former co-worker gave me a copy of "Across the Grain," which bowled me over in the mid-1990s.

    Years later, John Teer of Chatham County Line looked like he was having so much fun playing his mandolin that I really felt inspired to pick up the instrument. For those who don't know of John, here's a video of him playing his song "Paige" at Stonehenge.


  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Posts
    55

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    It started with Nickel Creek w/Chris Thile, when I didn't even have a mandolin. But once I picked up a mandolin I now love Mike Marshall because of his Artistworks lessons, Don Julin - Mandolin for Dummies an excellent book, Chad Fadely and Emory Lester.............and the other 100+ mando players that have mp3's here on Mandolin Café.

    Think I have played the new cd's from Chad and Emory at least 50 times each........not even kidding.....

  3. #3

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    1960 or so I discovered Flatt and Scruggs and very shortly after Bill Monroe, and that was that! Mid sixties, while at McGill university, I worked at a coffee hour where The Greenbriar Boys appeared with Frank Wakefield and that was another nail in the coffin. Shortly after that Earth Opera was at the club with some guy named Grisman playing mandolin and mandola. Then in 1967 Bill Monroe played at Expo 67 and then at the country bar next door to our club. That settled it for me and the mando has been my weapon of choice.
    Here's Bill at Expo 67
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Kenny+&+Bill's+big+joke.JPG.jpg 
Views:	196 
Size:	134.7 KB 
ID:	104259

  4. #4
    Registered User NickAlberty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    111

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Monroe !
    Nick Alberty

    Phillipians 4:13

    2001 Gibson Flatiron Festival
    2002 Gibson Fern (signed by Roberts)

  5. #5
    I'll take it! JGWoods's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Chelmsford MA
    Posts
    1,405

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Mike Holmes. He has huge hands and sausage fingers yet he can play the mandolin very well. Once I saw that big hands could do it to it I jumped in and have been loving it for about 10 years now.
    Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
    Favorite Mandolin of the week: 2013 Collings MF Gloss top.

  6. #6
    Registered User f5loar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Salisbury,NC
    Posts
    6,428

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Donna Stoneman

  7. The following members say thank you to f5loar for this post:

    swain 

  8. #7
    Registered User Charley wild's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Traverse City, Michigan
    Posts
    806

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    John Duffey.

  9. #8
    garded
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    now Los Osos, CA
    Posts
    1,996

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Late 70's and my roomate's girlfriend brought over this album and she said it was Dawg music. By the middle of the first cut I was hooked. But years later when the Dawg put out the Jacob do Bandolim album I realized I'd listened to that as a kid when my Portuguese grandmother would have the radio on when she was baking bread. I guess it was Jacob do Bittencourt and David Grisman.

  10. #9
    two t's and one hyphen fatt-dad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Richmond, Virginia
    Posts
    7,478

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    It would be either Sam Bush, John Duffy or David Grisman. Not that I play bluegrass. . .

    f-d
    ¡papá gordo ain’t no madre flaca!

    '20 A3, '30 L-1, '97 914, 2012 Cohen A5, 2012 Muth A5, '14 OM28A

  11. #10
    formerly Philphool Phil Goodson's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Statesville, NC
    Posts
    3,256

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Thunky sound of Steffey playing the Gil. with Alison K.
    Phil

    “Sharps/Flats” “Accidentals”

  12. #11
    Registered User Greg H.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Pittsboro, NC
    Posts
    1,107

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Sam Bush, in 1974. I was flatpicking guitar at that point, and didn't really start playing mandolin seriously until 35 years later, but the influence was made then.

    Of course there's also Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, David Grisman, Frank Wakefield, Mark Marshall, Adam Steffey, et al as well.

    And then Thile came along and gave it a whole new level.
    Greg Henkle

    2002 Prucha F5
    1962 Martin D18
    1965 Fender Telecaster

  13. #12
    Jake L the_polish_mandolinist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    41

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Levon Helm! As a drummer myself, I loved watching the guy play on the Last Waltz and I became a huge fan of The Band. After seeing him do a few songs on mandolin as a secondary instrument, that was it for me, and I fell in love with the instrument.
    "That rug really tied the room together"

    1919 Gibson A2
    The Loar 600
    Norman B50 guitar

  14. #13
    Registered User almeriastrings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Almeria, Spain
    Posts
    5,442
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Bill (obviously!), but also one guy who does not get a lot of mention these days, Buzz Busby. He had really lonesome sound. Very little video of him seems to exist, and most of it is poor quality, but here he is doing "Listen to the Mockingbird" - a version that sounds incredibly close to Scotty Stoneman's (who he played with quite a bit):



    It was hearing Buzz on some of those original Starday bluegrass compilations that fired me up to want to learn some mandolin.
    Gibson F5 'Harvey' Fern, Gibson F5 'Derrington' Fern
    Distressed Silverangel F 'Esmerelda' aka 'Maxx'
    Northfield Big Mon #127
    Ellis F5 Special #288
    '39 & '45 D-18's, 1950 D-28.

  15. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to almeriastrings For This Useful Post:


  16. #14

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    I've only ever seen one other video of Buzz although it looks like it might be from the same club.

  17. #15

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    While i always loved the sound of the mandolin, and Monroe, Duffey and others were wonderful, it was hearing John Moore ofByron Berline's band that made me say, "ok" I have to try to play that instrument. Thank you John for, without ever knowing it, having changed my life for the better. I'm a long way from your style these days, but I don't forget your superb playing. Via con Dios, pardner.

    And why? One example.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Voq3JtIR3-A
    Last edited by Al Bergstein; Jul-09-2013 at 12:55am.

  18. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Al Bergstein For This Useful Post:


  19. #16
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Raleigh Area, NC
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    I can't say that any player inspired me to take up mandolin... As an IAS sufferer I just sort of saw the mandolin and said, "Hey, that would be cool to learn how to play!" (like I do with just about every other instrument in existence) And then found the Mandolin Cafe. Now I get inspiration from any mando player I hear, each individual performance, performer, and style brings something new to the table for me.
    Musica mulcet ad animam.
    Musica placet aurium.
    Musica aedificat corda

  20. #17
    Different Text eadg145's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    California, USA
    Posts
    494

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    While I have a number of mandolin "heroes" now, the one person who actually inspired me to play mandolin was my friend Andy. We'd been friends since our Chapman Stick® days, and he played guitar in a rock & roll jam band we had for awhile. One day he came to my house with a Big Muddy (now Mid MO) mandolin, and when he just handed it to me, I was instantly amazed. I had no idea what to do with the fifths tuning, but all kinds of melodies just fell out of it. I exclaimed, "This instrument has no wrong notes!", and thus was born my interest in this fine instrument. It was probably a year or more before I had my own, but now we teach each other songs on mandolin on the occasions we get together. We live farther apart now, but mandolin is one thing that keeps us together.
    Think globally, bike locally.

  21. #18

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    I was first entranced by the sparkly tone of the mandolin watching live performances of a group known as Super Bluegrass while attending college at UNLV in 1972. The mandolin picker was Doug Bounsall, who later went on to play (mostly banjo I think) for the Dillards. Later that same year I was lucky enough to play lap steel in a fledgling country rock band that shared a small one night venue with Doug, Ernie Cockrell and the others members of Super Bluegrass group. The only album I know of from the group is called Super Blue Grass and was headlined by their Banjo player Robin Trout. I didn't take up mandolin until 37 years later.

    Scott

  22. #19
    Registered User Mike Snyder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Neosho, Mo
    Posts
    2,320

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Bush and Grisman.
    Mike Snyder

  23. #20
    Registered User Richard.g.hampton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Romsey, UK
    Posts
    74

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    My mandolin education was completely about face! I was first inspired by a Brit mandolin player called Andy Townend (sadly no longer with us). He played Bluegrass and was also a very fine Django-style guitar player and he showed me what the mandolin was capable of.....he also played with Ralph Stanley, so he had serious pedigree. I then moved on to Sam Bush, Doyle Lawson etc. When I was at university a guy called Nick Barraclough (a fine Bluegrass/acoustic guitarist, banjo-player etc) gave me a copy of David Grisman's first album, which blew my mind. THEN I started seeking out Bill Monroe stuff and appreciating what he was really doing.

  24. #21
    Mandolin Botherer Shelagh Moore's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Leicestershire, UK
    Posts
    1,378

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    My late Dad. He was a fine player and I just naturally developed an interest from hearing and watching him.

  25. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Shelagh Moore For This Useful Post:


  26. #22
    Brentrup Evangelist Larry S Sherman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    1,793
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Thile and Grisman

  27. #23

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Has to be my brother http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfJ2SksXsco big inspiration

  28. #24
    hillbilly lion tamer Wilbur James's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Untamed Mountain, Alabama
    Posts
    226

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    Bill Monroe,s solo playing, something about that sound. Then Mike Compton he has been a mentor and an inspiration, many years from now I may be able to play as well as them, in the mean time I will keep practicing!
    Dignity, Respect and Love, for who they are, not what they are.

  29. #25
    Traveling Tracks Traveling Tracks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Mays Landing, NJ
    Posts
    223

    Default Re: Players who inspired you take up the mandolin

    In the summer of 2001 I was an audio engineering student at The Aspen Music Festival and School. I was on hand to assist recording a performance which turned out to be one of my favorites ever....Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall (on mando & guitar). They made such an amazing duo. I actually have the recording too, which is just so special.

    Fast forward a few years...I'm back in NJ and see Edgar scheduled to play The Kimmel Center in Philly so I buy tickets and show up not knowing who his duo partner was this time other than he was "the guy from Nickel Creek"....needless to say there was no turning back from that point. I still love, love, love their duo album as well.
    -2010 Morgan Monroe at the moment

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •