Yank Rachell - Blues Mandolin Man

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March 29, 2011 - 8:45 am

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Yank Rachell - Blues Mandolin Man

Yank Rachell - Blues Mandolin Man

Blind Pig Records has reissued a series of tracks recorded by legendary blues mandolinist Yank Rachell in 1986 on a new collection entitled Blues Mandolin Man, a title to match a book about Rachell published in 2001 by the University Press of Mississippi.

On the recording, Yank is joined by a full rhythm section that finds him in fine form, his voice and instrumental skills still strong and compelling near the end of a career that began in the late 1920s.

Yank is joined on the recording by guitarist Peter Roller, drummer Leonard Marsh Jr., Sheena Rachell on electric bass and blues harmonica great Peter "Madcat" Ruth.

My Baby's Gone
Moonshine Whiskey
She Changed The Lock
Bugle Call
Dreamy Eyed Woman
Cigarette Blues
Make My Love Come Down
Black Snake
Des Moines, Iowa

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Mike Bromley
March 29, 2011 09:12 AM
Kew-well! The tribute album recorded by the likes of Grisman & O'Brien was the appetizer. Now for the main course.
March 29, 2011 01:52 PM
Thanks for the update! I bought it and I like it!
March 29, 2011 07:35 PM
Ordered right after I checked the Cafe home page today, from Elderly. Already have a few Yank gems, but really looking forward to this one!
Ronny Stecher
April 02, 2011 11:14 PM
August 23, 2011 01:33 PM
I've been listening to this almost nonstop since I got it. Can't get enough.

Can anybody tell me what Yank's playing to produce the sound on this album? Is it just an electric resonator mandolin?
August 23, 2011 02:30 PM
I would assume Yank played his Harmony batwing electric on these sessions.
August 23, 2011 03:22 PM
About 25 years ago. I saw Yank Rachell at a folk festival, where he was taking part in a "mandolin-style summit" of sorts. There was Jethro Burns, and a few bluegrass players, all being backed up by a guitarist and a young bass player, whom I didn't know.

One by one, they ran through a favourite number, some solo, some being backed by the guitarist and bassist. When it came Yank's turn, he launched into one of his plaintive blues renditions, complete with "elastic" timing... ( Four beats to the bar was a somewhat "foreign" concept to Yank. He was well known for having musical measures of 3 beats, 4 1/2 beats, etc. etc...)

This made it extremely difficult for the bassist to establish any sort of musical rapport with Yank, since he was totally unfamiliar with any of this. Bur he bravely soldiered on through the tune, all the while having Yank shoot him some very black looks when he missed an anticipated change...

After the tune was finished, Yank mumbled something about being "unprepared" and the young fellow answered, "Music has four beats to the bar..."

Replied Yank, (in deepest southern drawl) " What man say dat...?)

January 16, 2014 08:26 PM
I've been reading Yank's 'autobiography' (with Richard Congress) "Blues Mandolin Man."

A very delightful, funny and informative tale so far. Reads like a series of transcribed tapes of Rachell riffing on varies topics, musical and otherwise, and people in his life.

There's more on other folks' commentary on YR's playing style etc. which is coming up next.

Good book. Highly recommended. ;)

January 16, 2014 09:38 PM
See if you can find Yank Rachell's 1970's release on the Blue Goose label. Great mandolin & guitar with exemplary vocals... Yank was still in great form for this one...
Ben Cooper
January 17, 2014 03:53 AM
February 28, 2014 09:37 AM
Just bought the CD. Can't wait to hear it. bb