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  • Mandolin Mondays #94 w/ Special Guest Tommy Norris /// “Someday My Prince Will Come”

    October 16, 2017: Tommy Norris, mandolinist from the Barefoot Movement brings us a tasty chord melody arrangement of this jazz standard on his beautiful Prucha F5 mandolin.

    Based in Nashville, Tommy has made a successful career in the bluegrass world. Over the past seven years his band, The Barefoot Movement has been around the block a time a two, making appearances on Country Weekly Magazine, RollingStone.com, Music City Roots, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. CMT Edge heralds them as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene.”

    Connect with Tommy at the links below for more info about his recorded music, tour schedule, and private lessons:


    As always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays.

    Happy Picking!

  • Mandolin Mondays #93 /// “Old Tom”

    October 9, 2017: Here’s an original tune of mine that’s featured on Mile Twelve’s forthcoming record Onwards!

    The album will be officially released on Friday, October 27th, and I can’t wait for you all to hear it! You can now preorder the record from our bandcamp page HERE. This tune is named after a famous Australian killer whale by the name of Old Tom. You can read up about him HERE.

    Speaking of Down Under! Mile Twelve is leaving today for a 4 week tour of New Zealand and Australia! Would love to meet up with all of you Oceania mandolin and bluegrass friends while we’re there. Check out the graphic below for our tour dates, and head to our WEBSITE for all of our show info.

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    Also, you can contact me through my personal website HERE for a free copy of the tab/notation transcription for this video:

    Happy Picking!

  • Mandolin Mondays #92 w/ Special Guest Jason Anick /// “In Memory of John McGann”

    October 2, 2017: Jazz mandolin virtuoso, Jason Anick joins Mandolin Mondays this week with a beautiful original composition on his incredible 5-string “jazzbo” electric mandolin from Paul Lestock.

    Based in Boston, Jason Anick is taking the jazz world by storm with his progressive and tasteful violin and mandolin playing. He’s one of the youngest people to ever teach at the Berklee College of music. When he’s not teaching he’s out on the road as front man for the acclaimed gypsy jazz band, Future Rhythm Quartet. Their new record, Travels, features a host of original tunes and creative covers that push the preconceived boundaries of the genre. Check it out here: https://jasonanick.bandcamp.com/album/travels

    The composition in this video is an original piece written in honor of the great mandolinist John McGann, head of the American Roots program at the Berklee College of Music.

    Connect with Jason at the following links for more info about his music and tour schedule:


    As always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays. Until then Happy Picking!


  • Mandolin Mondays #91 w/ Special Guest Cory Piatt /// “I’ll Fly Away”

    September 25, 2017: Cory Piatt from the Summer Brooke and Mountain Faith Band is with us this Monday for a beautiful rendition of an old gospel classic on his Daley F5 mandolin.

    Cory is one of the brightest young mandolin players on the scene today. He’s already spent time performing with the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, and in recent years he’s made a name for himself with The Summer Brooke and Mountain Faith Band. In 2015, Mountain Faith auditioned for the popular TV series America’s Got Talent, and succeed to win the hearts of the judges and viewers with their progressive bluegrass pop covers. Since then, the band has gone on to be nominated for the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year. You check out their extensive recorded catalog HERE.

    Connect with Cory at the links below:

    As always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays. Until then Happy Picking!


  • Mandolin Mondays #90 w/ Special Guest Bella Betts /// “What Do We Pass On”

    September 18, 2017: Boulder, Colorado mandolinist Bella Betts joins us this week for an original song on her Collings mandolin.

    Though just 16 years old, Bella has been making waves in the acoustic music scene for quite some time now. Known for her mature mandolin playing and songwriting, she has gained the attention and praise of such artists as Aoife O’Donovan, David Grisman, Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull, and Chris Thile. In 2012, Bella released her first CD, Lights Around A Curve, produced by Steve Szymanski (co-founder of Planet Bluegrass). And in 2015, Bella, at 14 years old, became the youngest member to attend Mike Marshall’s Acoustic Music Seminar.

    Here’s Bella with a word about the song in this video: “This is an original song of mine called “What Do We Pass On.” I wrote it early last year, and it’s one of my favorites to play because you can really mess with the groove and it also has a bluesy, gritty element.”

    Most recently, Bella has been working on a visual album in partnership with a professional dance company, The Schiff Dance Collective, this fall. There will soon be a Kickstarter Campaign to fund the project. Keep in touch for more news at the following links: