OK...this is what lutherie is all about. The MUSIC. In alphabetical order, here are just a few of the artists that give inspiration everyday with their great talent and dedication to their music.
While at the workbench, I often listen to music and feel constantly inspired and energised by it. I sometimes half-jokingly think of it as a vital raw ingredient that is being embedded during construction, like "factory pre-sets", for future "referral" by the instrument for when it needs to respond to the music again, out in the real world? Maybe not, but the tone and energy these players pull from their instruments certainly is what I try to recreate every time in the spruce and maple. -- Thank you everyone!
Original member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band and Grammy Award winner on the soundtrack of the movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, Mike is considered to be the world's greatest exponent of the Monroe style.
Author, actor and prolific songwriter and recording artist, Steve is known around the world for his song "Copperhead Road", amongst many others, and tours the planet regularly with his band The Dukes.
Known for his clean technique and great tone, Matt's style is a tasteful blend of old-style bluegrass and Dawg influenced new acoustic music. Besides teaching mandolin online, he regularly tours with his band The Matt Flinner Trio.
Former guitarist for the late Frank Sinatra Jr, Jim records for motion pictures, television and various vocal artists at the famous Capital Records studios in Hollywood as well as live touring shows across America and Europe.
To quote Chet Atkins, “Evan is a true virtuoso, one of the few great musicians of our time.”
Besides teaching, Evan's career ranges from solo performances to soloing with symphony orchestras.
Grammy Award winner and IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year for eight consecutive years! Ronnie's powerful clean style can be heard on many recordings and live shows with the Del McCoury Band or the Traveling McCourys.
Coming from a strong tradition of bluegrass mandolin , Jeff writes and performs original contemporary classical music with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. based on themes from his native Appalachian region.
Ron has a bluegrass resume over the past forty years that includes tours with Larry Sparks, Paul Adkins, Bob Paisley, Lynn Morris, Gary Ferguson, The Bluegrass Cardinals and for the last twenty years vocals and mandolin with Ozarks based Lonesome Road.
Originally from Munich Germany, Mark imported himself into the U.S. bluegrass community in 2001 and for over ten years his tasteful style has been heard with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, amongst other collaborations.