Originally from Mississippi, then after a 20+ year career in the Navy, I settled in New England (Strafford, New Hampshire) and found a great mess of bluegrass. Having been a rhythm guitar player for many years, my band "The New England Bluegrass Band" decided I should give mandolin a shot. I've been at it now for about 9 months. Not turning back. Still very much a rhythm player (as well as handling lead vocal duties) but do pick lead on some tunes here at home and just love the mandolin.