Now a National Reso-Phonic Artist

National badgeI’m ecstatic to now be in the National Reso-Phonic Artists Program with a National RM-1 mandolin join my Kimble on stage.  I’ve always admired National instruments and was fortunate to play either vintage National mandolins or tenor guitars at different points in my career.  I held off getting a National RM-1 for a long time, as I have fought against the notion that blues mandolin has to be on either a resonator mandolin, a Harmony batwing, or an old oval hole mandolin.  BUT, I couldn’t resist the look and the sound.  The mandolin sounds great—not the hollowness you’d hear in vintage Dobro reso-mando nor the brashness in a vintage National mando.  Rather, it truly is its own voice (and a loud one at that).  I’d highly encourage anyone on the fence to check them out as they are definitely more than a one-trick pony.  I’ve been in a writing frenzy on it recently and a lot of what I’ve been writing is not blues.  There’s a lot of mandolin there (both sonically and physically as it is built like a tank).


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