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An All-Star Mandolin Tribute To Lady Gaga

By Mandolin Cafe
April 1, 2012 - 7:30 am

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An All-Star Mandolin Tribute To Lady Gaga

An All-Star Mandolin Tribute To Lady Gaga

Los Angeles, Calif. — Sony Music Entertainment has announced the release of An All-Star Mandolin Tribute To Lady Gaga, a collection of instrumental and vocal recordings from the finest mandolin players in the world, many appearing on a project together for the first time to pay tribute to the influence of pop icon Lady Gaga on acoustic string music.

Selections - Artist:
Just Dance - Bobby Osborne
Boys Boys Boys - Sharon Gilchrist
Bad Romance - Chris Thile
Bad Kids - David Grisman & Sam Bush
Hair - Ricky Skaggs
Big Girl Now - Sierra Hull
Born This Way - Don Julin
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich - Ronnie McCoury
Heavy Metal Lover - Don Stiernberg
Poker Face - Jesse McReynolds
Paparrazi - Matt Flinner
Speechless - Frank Wakefield
Government Hooker - Mike Compton
I Like It Rough - Adam Steffey
Paper Gangsta - Paul Glasse
You and I - Dan Beimborn with special guest Justin Bieber
LoveGame - Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg

About Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is a theatrical dance-pop performer whose debut single, the international chart-topping hit Just Dance, established her as an up-and-coming superstar upon its release in 2008. Born Stefani Germanotta on March 28, 1986, the Yonkers native attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girl Catholic school in Manhattan, before proceeding to study music at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at age 17.

Influenced by flamboyant glam rockers such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury (she would later draw her stage name from the Queen song "Radio Ga-Ga") as well as '80s dance-poppers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, she began playing the piano at a young age and started writing original material as a teenager. While Lady Gaga was initially signed to Def Jam in 2007, nothing came of that association, and ultimately it was pop-rap superstar Akon who took her under his wing, signing her to his vanity label Kon Live in association with Interscope Records.

Additional information:
Label: Sony
Release date: April 1, 2012


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John Adrihan
April 01, 2012 07:40 AM
I am almost ashamed to admit this but, I am on this recording. Three tunes actually. I don't know if I want to admit that is was fun. But Hey it pays the bills. Oops that may start a "he sold out" thread. smile
April 01, 2012 07:48 AM
As long as you sell out for the right reasons it really is OK. Your work on this CD is exceptional.
Joe Parker
April 01, 2012 07:50 AM
It's on I Tunes today only for $4.99 and the first 100 buyers will get a gift certificate for some frozen steaks! The album is great!
Ed Goist
April 01, 2012 07:59 AM
Quote from John Adrihan: I am almost ashamed to admit this but, I am on this recording. Three tunes actually. I don't know if I want to admit that is was fun. But Hey it pays the bills. Oops that may start a "he sold out" thread. smile End Quote

John, that's awesome! What tracks are you playing on?
I'm listening right now. This is awesome stuff!
The version of Love Game here is a classic. I love how funky Peter Ostroushko's playing is on this track!
Great stuff!
Jeff Budz
April 01, 2012 08:21 AM
I've heard rumors of this project, so happy it's finally out!!! I wonder what type of pick Thile uses for "Bad Romance?"
Cheryl Watson
April 01, 2012 08:50 AM
This is definitely a must have.
Dave Greenspoon
April 01, 2012 08:53 AM
I caught up with Avi Avital a few weeks ago who shared that he provided some backing tracks for Heavy Metal Lover. Wow. I am totally blown away!
April 01, 2012 09:08 AM
Finally - THE album that will really put the mandolin on the map and bring it widespread recognition of its possibilities among the general public. Including Justin Bieber was a brilliant marketing ploy, and it's also encouraging to see how his picking is coming along. My favorite - Frank Wakefield on "Speechless." Just keeping him speechless for a few minutes is quite an accomplishment! ;)
April 01, 2012 09:55 AM
Sony beat me to the punch. I am in the middle of producing an accordion and banjo tribute to Gaga.
I hope this doesn't effect my album sales..
April 01, 2012 10:16 AM
Different markets, so no competition - each might actually boost sales of the other a bit. Most buyers will be Gaga fans, and these little monsters can't get enough of anything associated with her. Should do fine.
April 01, 2012 10:25 AM

Just what us REAL bluegrass pickers have been waiting for.... could it possibly get any better than this? I doubt it. Then again... I have been wrong before.
Mandolin Mick
April 01, 2012 10:29 AM
This isn't a rhetorical question but a serious one ... What's the right reason to sell out? :confused:
April 01, 2012 10:34 AM
Quote from journeybear: Different markets, so no competition - each might actually boost sales of the other a bit. Most buyers will be Gaga fans, and these little monsters can't get enough of anything associated with her. Should do fine. End Quote

Thanks. Now I'm not worried.
April 01, 2012 10:40 AM
Hey I just got a copy on Amazon are they supposed to be out yet?
Dave Cowles
April 01, 2012 10:50 AM
I'm holding my breath until the tablature comes out on all these great covers. Oh, wait, I don't read tabs.
April 01, 2012 10:50 AM
This is going to be a blockbuster! The follow up is Snoop Dogs Golden oldies. Sony is really on top of it.
April 01, 2012 10:51 AM
Bill Scott
April 01, 2012 10:56 AM
Awesome! I'm busy now learning the Poker Face break. Does anyone know if that's Steffy on this cut? It sounds like him.
April 01, 2012 11:02 AM

Shame on you for toying with my emotions, for putting my dream on display for all to snicker over. I was disappointed when Cher didn't release an all mandolin album, heartbroken when Madonna refused and now...just when it looks like dreams can come true...more heartache in the form of this cruel April Fool's joke. Has anyone approached Miley Cyrus?
Jeff Oxley
April 01, 2012 11:10 AM
Uhhhh...this is April Fool's day...
April 01, 2012 11:27 AM
Wait! This is a Joke?
April 01, 2012 11:29 AM
Surely not?

You disappoint me. I had just taken my complete Bear Family Monroe boxed set out back and burned it on hearing this news, as I knew it was now obsolete!!!! :disbelief::disbelief::disbelief:
April 01, 2012 12:18 PM
I heard that Doyle Lawson was slated to do a cover of "Judas," but ended up having to cancel it because he had previous engagements.
Clement Barrera-Ng
April 01, 2012 12:30 PM
I thought I had fat-dingered the URL when I saw Lady Gaga on the front page... It's all good, just unexpected. And this is coming from a Gaga fan... I'm looking forward to hearing this one for sure.
Clement Barrera-Ng
April 01, 2012 12:32 PM
Quote from barrangatan: I'm looking forward to hearing this one for sure. End Quote

Oh oh and the one I'm really looking forward to is "You and I - Dan Beimborn with special guest Justin Bieber".

Dan you must tell us how it was like hanging and jamming with Bieber....
April 01, 2012 12:35 PM
Quote from barrangatan: I thought I had fat-dingered the URL ... End Quote

I think you did! smile I like it! That is a typo that is better than the original. Works on both straight and ironic levels. Excellent! smile
Dan Margolis
April 01, 2012 12:53 PM
Did the pickers have to wear Gaga-style apparel when they performed, or is that just a rumor I started?
Tony Sz
April 01, 2012 12:56 PM
I'm hoping Gibson comes out with a Ga Ga F5 artist model soon.....maybe with a case made out of meat.......
Scott Tichenor
April 01, 2012 01:02 PM
Here's an old discussion on today's topic.
April 01, 2012 01:16 PM
But no comments yet, AWWW!!! So curious to see what little monsters have to say about mandolins- if they know what one is. Lady Gaga and mandolins do share Italian ancestry. BTW & FWIW, natch. ;)
April 01, 2012 02:34 PM
:disbelief:And I didn't post a comment cause I didn't want to be rude.........Never stopped me before.........~o)
Marcus CA
April 01, 2012 02:53 PM
This album is long overdue, considering that LG did such an amazing version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" on her debut album.
April 01, 2012 03:24 PM
Can anyone tell me where to find the tab to Steffy's solo on "I Like it Rough"?

John Ritchhart
April 01, 2012 05:23 PM
I'm really thrilled to see this come out and can't wait to hear it, especially the Stiernberg track. Lady Gaga has always been an inspiration to my playing and watching her perform has actually helped my mandolin playing technique. Especially the hammer-ons and pull-offs.
John McCoy
April 01, 2012 05:55 PM
And of course you held back a little surprise for us all by omitting one song from the playlist. Her 46-minute vocal rendition of Raw Hide is positively Beethovenesque! A must-listen. (And how did they get Bernstein to conduct that? The only answer I can come up with is that it somehow involves the "consultant" listed in the fine print: "Dr. Emmett Brown of Hill Valley, CA")

This album is well worth the $1,724.95 asking price. There'll be a few on eBay next week for at least 3 large.

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April 01, 2012 06:03 PM
Now there's a picture I never expected to see on the MC home page, and hope to never see again!!!
April 01, 2012 06:12 PM
I ordered 20 copies to give to my many friends.
April 01, 2012 08:03 PM
Bless you Wilson...

I'm just upset that my comment on apparently didn't make it past the moderators. Where the heck is the professional courtesy here?
rico mando
April 01, 2012 08:12 PM
After reading this i had a hard time keeping my P P P P P P poker face
Patrick Gunning
April 01, 2012 08:33 PM
The gauntlet has been thrown down. Actual Gaga mando tribute, commence.
Jared Heddinger
April 01, 2012 08:40 PM
On that note, has the entire Cafe ever come together for something like that? Perhaps members could record themselves playing a part and they were all mixed together? If it hasn't been done, that could be a cool idea.
April 01, 2012 08:56 PM
A few years ago we ran a program where we asked members to submit their own interpretations of Clay Aiken's songs. It sold reasonably well. Nobody got rich but Jim Garber did manage to get himself a new car.
Rosemary Philips
April 01, 2012 09:11 PM
I could've been on the album. Didn't want to. I don't think it's that great. Don't know what all the fuss is about.
April 01, 2012 09:30 PM
Bobby Osborne wasn't on this record, but I hear he's signed Jimmy Jam to produce his next one, and they're bringing in Gaga as a guest vocalist on Bobby's new song "Tuned This Way." I just hope no one tells Bobby about the new lyrics Gaga wrote for "Rocky Top."
Ted Eschliman
April 02, 2012 02:02 AM
Industry rumor was the original CD was to include an Evan Marshall classical cut, "Error on a G-string."
April 02, 2012 05:59 AM
If only.
April 02, 2012 06:53 AM
OK, this has to be a joke? Right? When do we get to find out?
April 02, 2012 07:28 AM
I have not been able to find this recording on an I Tune search using the recording title. Can you please tell me what search you used to find it. Thanks.
April 02, 2012 08:17 AM
I'm afraid it's available for other people only. Sorry.

Golly, it's April 2nd already.
April 02, 2012 09:08 AM
Quote from Mandoviol: I heard that Doyle Lawson was slated to do a cover of "Judas," but ended up having to cancel it because he had previous engagements. End Quote

Actually, this song appears on the Japanese import version. Also on this are:

Maestro Alex Gregory: "Alejandro"
Sierra Hull: "Marry the Night"
Sarah Jarosz: "The Edge of Glory"

plus the cuts previously mentioned, though they appear as hidden tracks due to copyright issues:

Bobby Osborne: "Tuned This Way" with Lady Gaga on vocals
Evan Marshall: "Error on a G-String"
Scott Tichenor
April 02, 2012 09:21 AM
Quote from northfolk: OK, this has to be a joke? Right? When do we get to find out? End Quote

Yes, it's an April Fool's spoof, as was last year's Collings Fretless Bass Mandolin which some never figured out. But watch. Someone will be along a few posts later asking the same question. It's the best part of it all.

If you'll notice, the phony Elderly page is actually hosted on and the buy link leads you nowhere. The link is actually just a screen shot image doctored and posted on the Cafe as well.
mandolino maximus
April 02, 2012 09:42 AM
I would have been fooled if you had just made it about Taylor Swift.
April 02, 2012 10:21 AM
C'mon, Taylor only plays a six stringed mandolin tuned like a guitar! ;)

I heard Lady Gag used the money raised to modify a headstock for her follow-up album.

I'm pretty sure this may earn me a cold corner of the Bluegrass afterlife. smile

April 02, 2012 10:44 AM
My new avatar! Thank you so much! smile
Scott Tichenor
April 02, 2012 10:56 AM
Great idea. Here are easy instructions for adding the Lady Gaga album art as your personal avatar:

Users: go to to your avatar upload page
Click "Use Custom Avatar"
Replace the address in Option 1 with this web address (copy and paste it in):

Click "Save Changes"
April 02, 2012 11:00 AM
I'm not sure it's a "great" idea - I'm just having some fun. smile If everyone does that - and I KNOW there are lots of little monsters lurking here - we might not be able to tell who's who any more! :disbelief:
April 02, 2012 01:43 PM
Man, what a great April Fools Joke- nice one! smile)smile)smile)
Mike Romkey
April 02, 2012 06:21 PM
OMG, you so got me with this prank! When I noticed it wasn't still up, my first thought was that people had been so annoyed that you took out out of the lead slot. Kudos to your wit. I fell for it hook, line and sinker (though I was too appalled to actually read the story).
April 02, 2012 07:31 PM
If you read the post on April 2nd is it true?
April 03, 2012 12:44 AM
Same as it ever was ... same as it ever was ... same as it ever was ... same as it ever was ... whistling
John Rosett
April 03, 2012 09:23 AM
I understand that Lady Gaga and Sam Bush will be dancing together on the video.
Andy Fielding
April 05, 2012 05:45 AM
I'm just seeing this now-so you're saying I've missed the opportunity to make a goofball of myself by trying to order it? Dang!
April 05, 2012 06:53 AM
I find its never too late to make a goofball of myself.

The most embarassing is to realize its a prank while you are telling others with enthusiasm:

"I saw this thing and it said that... ummm.... oh, never mind."

The strange and horrible stuff I want to believe.
April 05, 2012 08:54 AM
Me too ...

April 06, 2012 11:41 PM
My favorite part of the Gaga caper:

On the Elderly site where it lists the tunes:

You and I - Dan Beimborn with special guest Justin Bieber

Splorted my coffee on that one.
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