One of the most popular Smoke video series was How to Buy a Mandolin. Here, Jimmy Ryan - solo artist, founder of the Blood Oranges, player in many,many bands - offers thoughts on A-model vs F-model, playing in bluegrass bands - and the fun of playing any kind of music on a mandolin. Recorded while relaxing at Mark Spencer's studio in Brooklyn. More at http://www.smokemusic.tv/content/how-...
By JON PARELES
NEW YORK TIMES
Published: March 10, 2007
"....Laura Cantrell, who was born in Nashville but has long lived in New
York City, opened the concert. With a serene, piping voice reminiscent
of Emmylou Harris's, Ms. Cantrell moves between thoughtful alt-country
Americana and old-time country. She had a string band -- including a
left-handed mandolinist, Jimmy Ryan, who so impressed Mr. Louvin that
he was invited to sit in..."