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Mandolin Mondays #325 w/ Special Guest Jim Richter

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This week we have mandolin player and instructor extraordinaire Jim Richter with us to play a brand new original tune called "Nimble Kimble" played on his 2009 Will Kimble Octave Mandolin.

Jim Richter has increasingly been recognized over the last dozen years as one to watch for a more modern application of blues and blues-based rock to the mandolin. With 30 years of stage and teaching experience on mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Jim has performed with, opened for, or recorded with Anson Funderburgh, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Andra Faye, Rich DelGrosso, Don Julin, Will Patton, and Mike Compton. Equally as fresh as his mandolin style, Jim’s instruction draws deeply from his experience as a licensed therapist. For 5 years Jim’s own mandolin camp focused on helping adult learners to overcome being “stuck” in one’s playing. Jim also has a mandolin book entitled “Richter Mandolin” that studies blues and rock using this adult learner approach. Jim regularly gigs with Gordon Bonham, Indiana blues-artist who formerly toured with Yank Rachel.

Check out Jim's upcoming Indiana mandolin camp here:

Here's a word from Jim about the tune in this video, "This tune was written specifically for Mandolin Mondays. It pretty much sums up that anything I do comes back to a blues-orientation. As an electric guitarist of 40 years who exclusively studied blues and blues instrumentals, I believe timeless instrumentals—such as Freddie King’s Hideaway or Booker T and the MG’s Green Onions—are simple, have a great hook, and can be learned by emerging musicians. It’s like the difference between working on Soldier’s Joy versus Washington County. Soldier’s Joy is going to be played in many more jam sessions as it can be played/remembered by many more amateur fiddlers or mandolinists. Beginning rock guitarists love Back in Black versus Panama for that reason. Back in Black is fun, simple, has a great hook, and can be played with little skill. It really comes down to attitude and groove. That’s what I wanted in Nimble Kimble. Great hook, simple for new mandolinists to play, but funky with lots of attitude. Though it doesn’t really sound like it, Los Lobos’ Revolution from the album Colossal Head keeps coming to mind. The tune is also an exercise in blues technique—muted notes, playing near the bridge, pick scrapes, working out of box positions, bends, slides, etc. All the ornaments (or perhaps trappings!) of blues-oriented string music."

Jim has kindly offered the notation/tab transcription for this tune for free--click here to download the PDF:

Be sure to connect with Jim at the following links below for more information about his music: or

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

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  1. sgarrity's Avatar
    Killer playing as usual!!
  2. mandopops's Avatar
    We’ll done, Mr Richter. My Man in the Blues.
    Joe B
  3. Paul Statman's Avatar
    Wicked-awesome, Jim!
  4. bluesmandolinman's Avatar
  5. Bert Deivert's Avatar
    Nice stuff, as always Jim!