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  • Mandolin Mondays #78 /// “Bluegrass in the Backwoods”

    June 26, 2017: Happy birthday to everyone’s favorite fiddler, bluegrass boy Kenny Baker, who was born this day 91 years ago. I recently learned this epic 5 part tune that he wrote, and wanted to play it in his memory. You can contact me through HERE for a free copy of the tab/notation transcription for this video:

  • Mandolin Mondays #77 w/ Special Guest Sterling Abernathy /// Debussy’s Dr. Gradus Ad Parnassum

    June 19, 2017: Grand Ole Opry mandolinist Sterling Abernathy is with us this week on his toneful Gilchrist F5 mando, playing a beautiful solo arrangement of the Debussy piano piece Dr. Gradus Ad Parnassum from the Children’s Corner Suite.

    Sterling Abernathy, originally from Broken Arrow, OK, now lives and performs professionally in Nashville, TN. He got an early start in music and by age 13 he was touring full time as part of the young group of players called the Rockin’ Acoustic Circus. Since then he’s gone on to perform with other successful groups, including the Belfry Fellows, Mustered Courage, Uncle Grier, Molly Tuttle, and many more. Now, most weekends, you can hear Sterling play on the Grand Ole Opry with Banjo player and comedian, Mike Snyder.

    To connect with Sterling about private lessons and his performance schedule, see the links below:



  • Mandolin Mondays #76 w/ Special Guest John Reischman /// “Yardbird Suite”

    June 12, 2017: The phenomenal John Reischman is with us for this week’s Mandolin Mondays with a stunning chord melody arrangement of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite played on a gorgeous Heiden Heritage Model F5 Mandolin.

    John is a mandolinist who needs little introduction. Over the years, his incredible tone, imaginative compositions, and tasteful playing across a wide variety of genres have made him a pillar of the modern mandolin idiom. Whether your listening to the Good Ol’ Persons, the Tony Rice Unit, or any other band that John’s been in, you can always pick out his unmistakable playing. Additionally, John’s solo records remain to be some of the finest instrumental mandolin albums out there.
    Nowadays, John performs and records with his bluegrass band, The Jaybirds, as well as his jazz duo with guitarist John Miller. Recently, he has toured with Scott Nygaard and Sharon Gilchrist, playing music from their new record, The Harmonic Tone Revealers. John also teaches online via Peghead Nation, and at a host of mandolin workshops around the world.

    Connect with John at the links below for more info on his recorded music, online lessons, and tour schedule:


    Video by Trent Freeman: http://www.trentfreeman.com/

  • Mandolin Mondays #75 w/ Special Guest Steve Smith /// “Crossroad Blues”

    June 6, 2017: Steve Smith is with us this week playing and singing a powerful solo rendition of the famous “Crossroad Blues” on his Ellis mandolin.

    Now based in New Mexico, mandolinist Steve Smith has been in the mandolin business for quite some time. Back in the 80’s Steve got his start playing with the hot young bluegrass band from Charlottesville, VA, called Cloud Valley, featuring Missy Raines on the bass and Bill Evans on the banjo. Since then Steve has toured, recorded, and taught workshops alongside some of the top names in roots music today. Steve now performs in a duo with Nashville guitarist Tim May, and with his own ensemble The Hard Road Trio

    Connect with Steve at the links below for more info about his recordings, tour schedule, and private lessons:


  • Mandolin Mondays #74 /// “Diabinho Maluco”

    May 19, 2017: Working on this Choro tune by Jacob do Bandolim and it’s been a tricky little devil to learn. In fact, that’s what it’s called! I enjoyed exploring some dynamic and melodic variations with this one. You can contact me HERE for a free copy of the tab/notation transcription for this video.