From the Mandolin Cafe
Sam Bush was sitting in his tour bus, talking about the increasing role for mandolin playing from solos and background licks in modern country and folk-rock music, when he brought up a subject I’ve long wondered about.
Many guitarists take up mandolin to bring something fresh to sessions and the stage, Bush said, and they often get to the heart and soul of a song more directly than a more accomplished mandolin player would.
“Take Maggie May by Rod Stewart,” he said, “we heard that in the van today on the way here from the hotel. I said ‘that has got to be the most well known mandolin solo there is.’ Because we’ve been hearing it since what, the early 70s.”
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