The Mandolins and Beer Podcast #42 Emory Lester

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This week’s guest on the podcast is Emory Lester!
EMORY LESTER is one of this day’s foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attach of his mandolin playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. His landmark mandolin-featured recording projects have placed him among the elite mandolinists of our time. His latest solo recording titled ‘At Dusk’ showcases Emory’s musical creativity, and skill as a mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist. Emory has undeniably inspired and influenced many of today’s current wave of modern day mandolinists, pointing the way with his clean, clear, fast and efficient mandolin techniques. Be sure to head over to EMORY’S WEBSITE to purchase some tunes or sign up for some lessons!

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And finally, a huge thanks to my favorite website The Mandolin Cafe !

The Mandolins and Beer Podcast Episode #41 Jack Dunlap

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This week’s guest is Jack Dunlap!
Jack Dunlap has made a name for himself playing mandolin in the D.C. area. Formerly of the trio Bud’s Collective, Jack has worked alongside past and present members of Mountain Heart, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Dailey and Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Blue Highway, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, to name a few. Though growing up playing bluegrass music, Jack stretches his instrument into other genres such as jazz, swing, blues, rock, classical, country, Eastern Indian folk music, Celtic, polka and many others. He worked as the apprentice to VA based mandolin legend Danny Knicely through the VA Folklife Program. Knicely and Dunlap recorded the album “Chop, Shred & Split – A Mandolin Player’s Apprenticeship” together in 2015. The album went on to win Best Bluegrass Album of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES). Always forging ahead, Jack blazes his trail with the aid of the influences from Sam Bush, John Coltrane, Trey Hensley, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, Chris Thile, Joe Walsh and other musical greats.
Head over to JACK’S WEBSITE and pick up his brand new album “The Isolation Sessions!”

To hear full versions of the songs talked about on this episode, and all of the episodes, head over to the SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

And, as always, thank you to my favorite website THE MANDOLIN CAFE

The Mandolins and Beer Podcast #40 Isaac Eicher

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This week’s guest on the Mandolins and Beer Podcast is Isaac Eicher! Tulsa native Isaac Eicher grew up in a musical household and started playing the mandolin at 9 years old. He inherited a multifarious taste of music from his parents, who are both well-accomplished artists- violinist Shelby Eicher and vocalist Janet Rutland. Eicher’s parents played all styles of music including jazz, bluegrass and western swing, in their home as he was growing up. In his teen years, Eicher evolved into an extraordinary musician and began to compete on a national level, winning first place prizes at the Walnut Valley Mandolin Championship in 2006 and Rockygrass in 2010. After graduating high school in 2009, Eicher’s musical journey took a very interesting turn. He enrolled in the University of Oklahoma, and developed a new interest: language arts. Eicher became enamored with the Spanish language and learned it very quickly. To further his studies, he went abroad to Valencia, Spain, to immerse himself fully in the culture. With mandolin in tow, Eicher’s musical style became greatly impacted by the pursuit of learning Spanish. He began to incorporate world music styles like gypsy swing, Brazilian samba, and Cuban montunos to his already strong foundation in jazz and bluegrass music. You can contact Isaac and keep up with him at his WEBSITE !

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And finally, a huge thanks to my favorite website The Mandolin Cafe !

Mandolins and Beer Episode #39 Andy Wood

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My guest this week is Andy Wood!

Andy spent most of his childhood playing and competing in bluegrass festivals. Touring the bluegrass circuit with his cousin and grandfather provided Andy with the necessary exposure that helped refine and sharpen his skills. Andy and his cousin held various state championship titles.

At the young age of sixteen, Andy finished second in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MANDOLIN CONTEST in Winfield, Kansas. Currently touring as a solo guitarist and mandolinist along with working on a host of additional musical projects, Andy is also performing live with his own band promoting JUNKTOWN, an album which showcases his vast musical influences and abilities.

Go to ANDY’S WEBSITE to check out everything he is up to. He’s also got a YOUTUBE PAGE, an INSTAGRAM and a PATREON!

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And finally, a huge thanks to my favorite website The Mandolin Cafe !

Mandolins and Beer Podcast Episode #38 Tim O’Brien

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This week’s guest on the podcast is another mandolin legend, Tim O’Brien!

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize, who last year marked 40 years as a band. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song Walk The Way The Wind Blows in 1986, and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has collaborated with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell, as well as with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin. For more info on Tim be sure to check out his WEBISTE which has his shop and all his social media links!

Also, if you interested in doing the Tunefox camp with Casey Campbell and Tristan Scroggins head on over to this LINK and reserve your spot!

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And finally, a huge thanks to my favorite website The Mandolin Cafe !

The Mandolins and Beer Podcast #37 Baron Collins-Hill of Mandolesson.com

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This week’s guest on the podcast is Baron Collins-Hill!

Baron is the musician behind the popular website MANDOLESSONS. He grew up playing the mandolin in Maine and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a degree in music performance and ethnomusicology. While traditional fiddle music takes up most of my time, I also love to play bluegrass, jazz, and open improvisation. You can find out more about Baron at the MANDOLESSONS pageor at his WEBSITE here

Also featured on this episode is a great new tune from Dylan McCarthy! You can pre-order his new release called Lost & Found at his WEBSITE here!

Thank you as always to The Mandoln Cafe!