Archive for July 2013

New YouTube video: Hendrix’s Hey Joe, Machine Gun and Purple Haze

Playing around w/ Fender mandocaster, Marshall Class 5 (mini plexi), octave pedal, and Fulltone univibe clone (original larger version).  I’ll have tab posted soon of Hey Joe and Purple Haze.

Don Julin & Billy Strings at the Bishop in Bloomington on 7/23

billydonDon Julin and Billy Strings will be at the Bishop in Bloomington on 7/23.  The show starts at 9PM; cover is $5 (this is an 18 and over event).

Additionally, they will be at Hedgehog Music Showcase in Arcadia Indiana on Wednesday 7/24. Show starts at 8PM.  Door is $20.

Don & Billy’s webpage:

Billy Strings & Don Julin play traditional American string band music with energy levels usually associated with extreme sports. A typical set includes haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards, and blazing bluegrass instrumentals. Honoring the musical traditions of Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Jimmy Martin, these boys will take you back to that high lonesome sound of yesterday’s bluegrass. No super-slick Nash-pop here. This is your grandaddy’s bluegrass delivered with a pedal to the metal intensity of a moonshine runner.

Billy Strings is a 20 yr old, tattoo covered guitar picker/singer that you surely will be hearing about for years to come. “Blessed with the voice of an old soul from the mountains, a gentlemanly air, and the ability to sling hundreds of notes with razor-crisp precision at the speed of a machine gun, Strings’ flat-picking talent seems almost beyond comprehension to veterans of the local bluegrass scene, especially given his youth.” Northern Express Publications.

Don Julin For over 30 years, he has built a reputation as being one of the most eclectic and versatile mandolin players today. From jazz to bluegrass, from Vivaldi to Led Zeppelin, old-time fiddle tunes to ambient buddah-bar loops. His original mandolin compositions have been licensed by HBO, VH1, MTV, NBC, Showtime, Bravo, National Geographic Explorer, Fox Sports, and others. Julin is the author of  the best-selling “Mandolin For Dummies” (Wiley & Sons 2012) and is an in- demand mandolin teacher giving mandolin workshops and master classes around the world.

Richter Mandolin iBook now on sale for $5.99 in the US iTunes Store through end of July

Richter BookRichter Mandolin, an iPad-centric interactive mandolin instructional ibook for blues and rock mandolin, is now on sale for $5.99 through the end of July in celebration of the 3rd Annual Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us (July 25th through 27th in Bloomington Indiana).  The book normally retails for $9.99.

Mandopoly #45 and Blues #48 on iTunes Top 100 Blues albums week of 6/22/2013

In-Tuition: Blues album cover In-Tuition: Mandopoly album cover

According to recent sales figures, In-Tuition: Mandopoly and In-Tuition: Blues made appearances in the iTunes top 100 blues albums chart for the week of 6/22/2013.  Mandopoly was #45 and Blues was #48.

These albums have slipped from the iTunes Top 100 Blues albums.  Let’s show iTunes that mandolins belong in the Top 100 Blues albums.  Get your copies today!


CD Sampler of In-Tuition albums Blues and Mandopoly now available!

In-Tuition Sampler CD Given that many individuals still like CDs (as opposed to purely digital options like my albums Blues and Mandopoly), I now offer a CD sampler of the best cuts from both albums.  And as with the two digital only albums:  100% of the sales of this CD help fund my doctoral schooling in counseling psychology.

With a noticeably blues orientation, the CD features my song-smithing along w/ choice covers of Janis Joplin, George Harrison, and Amos Milburn.  Original tunes genre-jump from west coast jump blues, Chicago blues, Memphis blues, classic rock, blues rock, Dawg, and bluegrass.

The guest artists on the album include Grammy-winner and mandolinist Mike Compton, blues guitarist/singer Gordon Bonham, guitarist/singer Phil Richter, harmonica player Tom Harold, drummer J.J. Perry, guitarist Will Scott, drummer Bennett Williams, saxist Joe Donnelly, and bassist Scott Kellogg.  Yours truly contributes mandolin, octave mandolin, electric guitar, baritone uke, electric and double basses, and cello.

The CD is available for $13, shipping included.  You can purchase by credit card or PayPal through the link provided.


1. El Gallo Supremo (Richter): all instruments

2. How Long Blues (p.d., arr.Bonham): Gordon Bonham, guitar/vox

3. One for Butch Baldassari (Richter): all instruments

4. Viper Mood (Richter): Scott Kellogg, bass; Bennett Williams, drums

5. Cleona (Richter): all instruments

6. Pine Grove Furnace (Richter): Will Kimble, guitar

7. C.C. Rider (p.d., arr. Bonham): Gordon Bonham, guitar/vox

8. Elmore Meets Bill (Richter): Mike Compton, 2nd mandolin

9. I’m Tired (Richter): J.J. Perry, drums; Will Scott, slide guitar

10. Violet City Waltz (Richter): Will Kimble, guitar

11. Big Haired Woman (Richter): all instruments

12. Blues for Gary Primich (Richter): all instruments

13. Chicken Shack Boogie (Milburn/Collum): Scott Kellogg, bass; Bennett Williams, drums; Joe Donnelly, sax

14. The 138 Rag (Richter): all instruments

15. Meeting at Owensboro (Richter): all instruments

16. Move Over (Joplin): Richter: lead guitar; band: Wicked Messenger

17. New Kimble Waltz (Richter): all instruments

18. Third Stone from the Sun (Hendrix): all instruments

19. The Girl I Love Go Long Curly Hair (p.d., arr. Bonham): Gordon Bonham, guitar/vox

20. Viper Mood (Richter): Tom Harold, harmonica

21. Sorry Again (Richter): Richter, lead guitar; band: Wicked Messenger

22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Harrison): Phil Richter, guitar/vox

This is a sampler of two albums from the In-Tuition series: Blues & Mandopoly– both available as digital downloads at Amazon & iTunes

Executive Producer: Jim Richter, David Richter

Producer: Pembroke Moreland

Engineer: Jim Richter, Pembroke Moreland, Erik Messal

Thanks: Will Kimble, Scott Tichenor, Phil Richter, my wonderful wife & kids copyright 2013

3 Spots have opened for this year’s Richter Mandolin Camp

Three last minute spots have opened for The Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us, July 25th through 27th.  This is a rare opportunity for experience a unique approach to mandolin education, as it combines traditional music instruction with motivational development.  Taught by Jim Richter and Don Julin (author of Mandolin for Dummies), this camp provides as small town/small group experience in beautiful Bloomington IN (home of Indiana University).

Contact Jim at for questions or to register.


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