My Mandolin's


I began writing my first songs on a mandolin, after my father gave me one for Christmas on my 19th year. I think the mandolin is one of the most beautiful instruments. I remember when I was 17, I saw Nickel Creek perform in Sandpoint, Idaho at their yearly summer festival. There was an abundance of wine, picnic blankets and music under the stars. I was in awe of mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, how he so effortlessly entertained and gracefully expressed. I had been singing for years, but didn't have a secondary instrument to write my music on. The mandolin seemed to fall into my lap at the most perfect time. Progressive folk music has catapulted me into a passion that I can never shake. I don't want to. It's here to stay. Years later, my dear friend and incredible songwriter/musician Anna Tivel, gave me this beauty here. The octave mandolin gave me more freedom to express and a wider range of tone. I now spend my weeks listening to Prairie Home Companion, nerding out over all things folk and bluegrass, and I'm deeply grateful for my mandolins. Both the big one and my original. 🎶