SB: Yeah. The National Instrument Company made instruments out of metal back in the twenties and thirties. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of these things back in the seventies. I was just looking for a different thing that you could do with mandolin knowledge and apply that to different kinds of playing. I play totally different on the slide mandolin than I would playing with my fingers on my good old wooden Gibson F-5.
CMT: You mentioned recording and playing as a sideman on other people’s recordings. It seems like as a solo recording artist you have eight or so albums. There is a deeper history of you playing on other people’s work, though. How’d that come about?