• Big news about Monroe biopic

    Bill Graham is reporting over at Mandolin Cafe that plans for the Bill Monroe film biography we have discussed previously seem to be well under way. The project is the brainchild of actor Peter Sarsgaard and his wife and fellow actor,

  • Win a Northfield mandolin from Mandolin Cafe

    Mandolin Cafe and Northfield Mandolins are giving away a Model NF-F5M F-Style mandolin, valued at $2500. To enter, you simply need to provide your name and email address before January 31. Only one entry is allowed per email, and no registration

  • Doyle Lawson interview at Mandolin Cafe

    Mandolin Cafe has a new interview up with Doyle Lawson, which is unique in two particular ways. First off, the questions came from members and readers of the site who, secondly, are mandolinists themselves, giving the interview a tone of musical

  • Sam Bush interview at Mandolin Cafe

    For those in our midst who love all things mandolin (and NewGrass), Mandolin Cafe recently hosted an interactive interview with the musical force known as Sam Bush. The interview began with the posting of a short biography of the icon, and

  • Valentine's Fall by Cary Fagan

    Last week we had news of a new book of fiction based on the popular Del McCoury hit, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. Reading Mandolin Cafe this morning, we learned of another new novel with a bluegrass theme. Valentine's Fall is the

  • A pilgrimage to Kalamazoo

    Serious students of the mandolin have long revered the name of Lloyd Loar, the Gibson luthier from the 1920s whose design innovations during his brief 5 year tenure are widely credited with revolutionizing their fretted instruments. Gibson's most prized mandolins

  • Blue Grass Boys circa 1966

    Scott Tichenor, proprietor of Mandolin Cafe, shot us a note about some photos published yesterday on his site. Cafe member John Fields posted several pictures he took of Bill Monroe on tour in England during 1996, which he had waylaid and

  • Win an Eastman mandolin

    Our friends over at Mandolin Cafe are running a contest for the next month where the winner will receive a new Eastman mandolin. The prize in Eastman's new 815V F-style mandolin, which is made with a carved, red spruce top, flamed

  • Free audio from Acoustic Disc

    The folks at Acoustic Disc are offering free daily downloads from their web site. A different track will be available each day from one of their many fine audio recordings. Acoustic Disc is the label owned by David Grisman, and tracks

  • Gibson mandolin sale to benefit Butch

    A Gibson F-5L mandolin has been donated by the manufacturer to benefit the Butch Baldassari Medical Fund, and is being offered for sale via Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. All proceeds from the sale will go to Butch's Medical Fund. This is a