“Is Mandolin Music still America’s favorite kind of music? HEHE! That’s a trick question! Of course it is!”- Colonel “Fried Face” Sanders
While we rarely post profound quotes from historical figures, we will post this (fictional) one from one of ‘Merica’s
heart friendly GREAT chicken entrepreneurs.
Jokes aside, what led to our facetious post depicting the venerable Colonel Sanders is something that we observe with solemn respect–Memorial Day.
And through this Memorial Day we are selling an instrument tied into American history in many ways–the Mandolin. Here’s a little history about the Mandolin’s Journey into America:
According to Charles Hunt’s History Of The Mandolin, “The mandolin entered the mainstream of popular American culture during the first epoch of substantial immigration from eastern and southern Europe, a period of prosperity and vulgarity, when things exotic and foreign dominated popular taste. It was in vogue in the 1850s, when it shared the parlor with zithers, mandolas, ukuleles, and other novelties designed to amuse the increasingly leisured middle class. A marked increase in Italian immigration in the 1880s sparked a fad for the bowl-backed Neapolitan instrument that spread across the land. The mandolin was even among the first recorded instruments on Edison cylinders. In 1897, Montgomery Ward’s catalog marveled at the ‘phenomenal growth’ in the Mandolin trade.”
While the history of the Mandolin’s lineage can be enjoyable, playing one can be even more satisfying. Here at Shreveport Music Co. we are running a special through Memorial Day on Fender FM-100 Mandolin Packs that include everything you need to start playing. For a limited time only, they are $149.99!! Please come down and check one out, or call 318-798-6000.
Fender FM-100 Mandolin: $149.99