Jasmine Cain and her MM-50E Professional Mandolin

Epi player Jasmine Cain is known for her high-energy rock shows, but the song "Hole" off the Modern Day Gypsy album reveals a different side of the current JPF Female Artist of the Year. Here's the story in her own words.

"My first real job as a musician and performer was for something called the Mountain Music Show. I started the day after my high school graduation and was super impressionable, absorbing everything I could from the amazingly talented bluegrass artists that performed on the show. It was during that first season that I fell in love with the sound of the mandolin and felt a deep connection with the instrument. What I love most about it is that despite its high sweet sound, it carries a certain kind of melancholic sadness. It's a perfect mixture of emotions. My first opportunity to use this amazing instrument in one of my songs was during the recording of Modern Day Gypsy on a song I had written with David Michael Thomas called "Hole." The song had a real "Battle of Evermore" feel and the mandolin was the perfect solo instrument for the song. We centered the entire arrangement around the mandolin and it really brought out the emotion of the song. I have always had a connection with this instrument and love how it merges my bluegrass history with my rock n roll spirit."

Visit Jasmine Cain on-line at www.jasminecain.com.

Jasmine Cain and her MM-50E Professional Mandolin

Jasmine Cain and her MM-50E Professional Mandolin