The wee and sprightly mandolin, cousin to the workhorse guitar much as the piccolo is cousin to the flute, has a migrant nature. Though the typical American sees one and immediately thinks of bluegrass, a mandolin is actually an instrument stoked by centuries-old traditions, the strains of which have worked their ways through the tiny lute's repertoire like vines. Put a dozen or so mandolins together, then, and you can't help but get a sound shot with history and myriad influences: Such is... More >>>