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If you live in Seattle or Portland, here's a rare chance to catch 87-year-old e-mando legend Scotty Broyles—the original 5-string player, the guy whose instrument inspired Tiny Moore—playing live with Deke Dickerson an the Pete Krebs Western Swing Band. Friday, Dec. 4: 9 p.m. at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle. Saturday, Dec. 5: 9 p.m. at Duff's Garage in Portland. Don't miss it!
Graham McDonald's The Mandolin: A History: 400 pages, 450 images, 100,000 words, coming in November. The only place to preorder a copy is right here. Get yours today.
Let's face it: this has been a brutal couple of years for emando fans. RIP Nash the Slash, U Srinivas, and Johnny Gimble. (Imagine you were a fan of trumpet players, and Louie Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis all died within a 12-month period.)
Jazz virtuoso Michael Lampert is back with his gorgeous third release, Ephemeral. Hear a sample track, or download it today.
Unbelievable: The family of pioneering, Houston-based Western swing mandolinist Leo Raley has released a treasure trove of photos and other information. Beyond that, they're selling two of his mandolins (a Martin 2-15 and a 1960s Gibson A5 2-point) along with Raley's original handbuilt Ted Daffan pickup—the one that started it all! Now's the time to learn more about the first professional electric mandolinist.
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