Breedlove Mandolins: We’ve Got Them, We Love Them!

A few months ago we had a visit from the new Breedlove Mandolin dealer in our area. We played the mandolins he brought in and fell in love!

They have a natural, bright, woody tone that is associated with the best of mandolins. Think Bill Monroe’s classic Llloyd Loar with modern body details and hardware.

All of their models feature solid Sitka Spruce tops and solid maple back, sides, and necks; arched top; radiused Rosewood fingerboard and a wider neck profile; and a bone nut.

We currently have in stock the FF NT, FF SB (pictured F-style), OO Natural, and OO VS (pictured A-style) models. Come get them while we’ve got them: the last shipment we got in sold out in two weeks, with two going in the first week!

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Dakota Dave Hull at HPP May 7, 2016, 12:30 PM


Our friend and music legend Dakota Dave Hull will be here live and in-person at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor signing copies of his new CDs, “Heavenly Hope,” and, “This Earthly Life,” on Saturday, May 7, 2016   at 12:30 PM.

All are invited! Folks who participated in Dave’s Kickstarter are encouraged to drop by and pick up their goodies: help save a tree!

Come June, Dakota Dave will be celebrating the release of these two CDs at the Celtic Junction. For more information go to http://www.thecelticjunction.com/home/dakota-dave-hull-june-4/

We hope to see you Saturday, May 4, 2016, at 12:30 PM, for this LIVE in-store appearance by the man Dave Van Ronk described as, ““One of the best guitarists in the world.”


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Deering Banjo Ukuleles arrive

Just received our first shipment of two Deering Goodtime banjo ukuleles.  There has been lots of buzz about these instruments and our first examination tells us they are everything they were promised to be.  The attached photo replaces the 1,000 words we were going to put in this space.  We have more on order, but you should check these out before they disappear image

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Join us to wish Holle Brian Bon Voyage and Happy Trails

Holle Brian will be leaving The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor this Thursday, May 28. Holle and husband Rich have sold their house in South Minneapolis and have purchased another in Taylors Falls, MN.  We are inviting all interested parties who have had a chance to be served by Holle here at The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor to gather with us here at 6:00 tomorrow evening.  Holle will be the guest of honor and we will have some pizza and refreshments to mark this new phase of their lives.  I’m sure Holle and Rich will fill us in on the move ahead of them next month and we can all celebrate the contributions that she has made to this acoustic music clubhouse and hangout we call The Homestead Pickin’ ParlorHolleBrian-100x100.  I can’t speak for any of you, but we’re going to miss her dearly.

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Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival Date Set

And don’t you dare miss it.  Saturday, June 13, 2015.  It’s held in Minneapolis’ historic Loring Park.  It’s a FREE festival and runs from 12:00 noon to 8 pm.  Food vendors are on site and horse and carriage rides will be available.

This year, the festival will feature The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, The Little Thunderbirds, Frank Hornstein & Friends, St. Anthony Main, traki, Joyful Noize, The Good Intentions Bluegrass Band, Brady Perl, Patty & The Buttons, Blue Hazard and the Diversity Street Dancers.

It’s always an afternoon packed with entertainment.  You won’t want to miss a single act and definitely plan on bringing the entire family.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and make yourself comfortable.

Post the attached flier where you won’t forget it. LPAMF 2015 Flyer 8.5x11




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Seydel Harmonicas since 1847

With the sale of Hohner, C.A. Seydel remains the only German Company making harmonicas which they have been doing since 1847.  When you are ready to take a step up, try out a Seydel.  We have in stock the Blues “Session” which sells for $34.95 and the Blues “Session Steel” featuring stainless steel reeds for $59.95.  The Stainless steel reeds have been finding a home with blues players.  The standard “Session” is available in the following keys:  LC, LD, LEb, LE, LF, LF#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, HG, HAb & HA.  The “Session Steel” is available in LC, LDb, LD, LEb, LE, LF, LF#, G Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E & F.  We have most of the common blues keys in stock and can add more within days once we find out what keys are most in demand.   Check out the C. A. Seydel literature on your next visit.


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Win Tickets to see Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

They are very likely acoustic music’s most prominent couple and they’re coming to town.  Bela fleck & Abigail Washburn will be performing at The O’shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University on Wednesday, february 25 at 7:30 p.am.  Their concert is a joint production of The Dakota and The O’Shaugfhnessy.  

Our friends at The Dakota, whose calendar features a wide variety of performers of great interest to our customers, have given us this opportunity to give away two pair  of tickets to this very popular show.  When you visit The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor, you will see the sign up box right on the front counter.  No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing, but please limit yourself to one sign-up per visit to give everyone an equal chance.

If you need more than the two tickets you may win, you can contact The O’Shaughnessy Box Office at (651)690-6700 or on line at www.oshag.stkateedu.  Good Luck in the drawing and enjoy the show!Fleck Washburn 001


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Bryan Bowers is coming to town. Friday, January 9, 7:30 PM

Yes, Santa has come and gone, but close on his heels comes Bryan Bowers and his trained Autoharps.  And the gifts he brings are musical delivered vocally and instrumentally.  And, here’s a suggestion for what could be your most easily kept resolution for 2015:  “I will not miss this year’s twin cities appearance by Bryan Bowers, King of the Autoharp”.

Bryan Bowers has been a major presence on the North American folk music scene for nearly a half century.  He’s a powerful singer, a commanding performer and is widely known as one of the world’s foremost masters on a truly American folk instrument – The Autoharp.

 Born in the state of Virginia, Bryan was first drawn to the world of music while listening to and learning the call-and-response songs of the field workers and the gandy dancers in that area during his youth.  When that music he had come to love collided with the Autoharp in Bryan’s hands, his fate was sealed.

He has recorded for the Flying Fish and Seattle Sounds record labels with eight albums to his credit and an instructional DVD titled which he produced for the folks at Homespun.  The Chicago sun-Times has said of Bryan “He plays the Autoharp and when he picks up the instrument, the entire room changes…a very magical world, a music never heard before”.  Bryan simply says “I want to have a good time and I want people to have a good time with me.  I want the joy of bringing people together and communicating…if I can say it like I see it, I can bring happiness”.

Bryan has a special spot in his heart for Minnesota and tries to come through the Land of 10,000 Lakes at least once a year.  This year, Bryan will be appearing on January 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Armatage School Auditorium located at 2501 West 56th Street in Southwest Minneapolis.  It’s a mere 10 blocks North of The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor on Penn Avenue and 2 blocks West of Penn on 56th Street.

Tickets for Bryan’s concert are $17.00 in advance or $20.00 on the day of the concertThey are available NOW.  Each time Bryan has appeared in this area, someone will come in the store afterwards and hear us discussing the concert and lament the fact that they missed the concert.  So do all your musical friends a favor and let them know about this show.  And bring your resolution cards with you.  We will be checking off the one about attending this event and signing them for you.  See you on the 9th.Bryan Bowers 002

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Miles and Miles of Mandolin Smiles

One of the most often requested instruments during the holidays is the mandolin.  This has been true for several years.  We very likely have more mandolins on hand than any other music store in Minnesota.  Somewhere south of 50 on hand.  We have “A’ Models as well as “F’ Models in some of the most popular and reliable brands we have found during our 35 years of existence.  We have Kentucky, Loar, Michael Kelly, and Weber mandolin on the wall and ready to go home with you.  Remember, all of our instruments are set up before they go on the wall.  If you have any unique set-up requirements, we will certainly accomodate them, but for the average picker, you can be picking as soon as you get home.  If you have a mandolin picker on your list, stop by today, or if you have always fancied yourself a mandolin player, come and get one for yourself.


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Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue is out!

You may have heard it discussed on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday.  The Winter 2014 issue of Oxford American is on the newsstands now.  It’s their annual Southern Music Issue and this year it’s devoted to the music of Texas.

The cover photo is a 1975 photo of Guy and Susanna Clark.

The accompanying 25 song CD includes the music of Moon Mullican, Los Super 7, Ray Price, Spoon, Sarah Jarosz, Ruthie Foster, Rosita y Laura, J.T. “Funny Paper” Smith, Kinky Friedman, Barbara Lynn, Billy Joe Shaver, Rick Trevino, Texas Tornados, Johnny Winter, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Freddy Fender, James McMurty, Lee Ann Womack, Kimmie Rhodes & Willie Nelson, Buddy Hollly, Waylon Jennings, Ornette Coleman, Joe Ely, Guy Clark and Big Brother & The Holding Company.  I’m listening to it as I write these words.  It’s my first listen, but won’t be my last.  My only regret is that they didn’t find a way to include one Bluegrass Tune.  Apologies to Alan Munde and Joe Carr.

I found that Barnes & Noble, who usually carries OM, does not carry it in all locations.  My neighborhood store did not have it and I had to go the store on Highland Parkway in St. Paul to find it.  You can go the the OM website to find out your nearest source.  Highly recommended. Oxford American 001

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