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We like to give back to bluegrass and country music when we can. We sponsor Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, shown here at their Grand Ole Opry debut in July 2013, and help the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys now and then. We raffled off a Martin SWDGT guitar in November at the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival and raised $2,500 for the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensburg, KY.
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Gibson Inventory Now Available Online!
Our distribution agreement with Gibson does not allow us to advertise Gibson products to the general public on our website. However, we can advertise our Gibson inventory to JDMC Members, so we've added an online catalog of our Gibson products to our Members-Only area.
If you're already a member, login and follow the links to our Gibson Guitars and Mandolins. If you're not a member, joining is free.
To login or to create a new account, click on the Login icon in the green box at the top of every page.
After you are logged in, select Gibson Guitars or Mandolins from the main pull-down menu.
Martin BCPA4 Acoustic Bass Demo
Andrew tries out our Martin Acoustic Bass Guitar by playing the prelude from J.S. Bach's first cello suite.
Huber Sammy Shelor Banjo Review
Our banjo playing expert Robby Boone reviews the incredible Sammy Shelor Model Huber Banjo.
Tony Rice Guitar Lick - Lick of the Week #1
Jake takes us through this classic Kenny Baker lick first adapted to guitar by Tony Rice in this easy to follow step by step video.
A Little Banjo Humor
Deering Maple Sierra Banjo Review
and Special Combo Offer
Robby Boone shows off one of our Deering Sierra Maple banjos and tells you all about our limited-time special combo package offer that saves you $250.
We Just Received a Boatload of New Quality Instruments
We're currently flush with new instruments from Huber, Gibson, Martin, Taylor and others. That makes it a great time to treat yourself to a new guitar, mandolin, banjo, or other fine instrument from the leading supplier of bluegrass gear. Immediate shipment on all instruments in stock (after any custom work is done), or stop by the store, pick one out, and take it home today.
Always the best in bluegrass—online or at our convenient location in Bentonville, Arkansas.
We Carry These Brands of Fine Instruments
JDMC at the Five-String Fest
Well, the first Five-String Fest is history. It was a beautiful weekend in the Smokey Mountains and the crowd was respectable for a first year. We were excited to see that some of you did stop by our booth and say "Hi.", and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Two of our customers from the Czech Republic took the honor of having traveled the farthest.
We also took the opportunity to visit the Earl Scruggs Museum, which is in nearby Shelby, NC.
It's a very nicely done museum and a tribute to the pioneer of three finger style banjo.
We look forward to doing this again next year.
Grand Opening of the New Store
March 7-8, 2014
Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers came by to help us celebrate the opening of our new store. They led Bluegrass master classes during the day and performed on Friday night. Saturday was highlighted by jam sessions and a performance by Crazy Mule. We gave out door prizes and got to know our local (and some not so local) musicians and their friends.
It was a great day!
Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers play for the Grand Opening crowd.
Rare 2006 Stelling S-5 hand crafted mandolin. A very powerful mandolin in excellent condition.
by Beard guitars
Employees Robby Boone and Jake Stogdill help Roger Adams test drive a new Mandolin in our showroom.
From left to right, Robby is playing a Deering Sierra, Roger is on a Gibson F5-G, and Jake has a Martin HD-28 Standard.
All instruments are available from Janet Davis Acoustic Music.
The Streets of Baltimore— Del McCoury Band
Just won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album!
I had the good luck and privilege of getting to see the Del McCoury Band perform at the Fayetteville Arkansas "Roots Festival" this fall. Along with having one of the most distinctive tenors in Bluegrass, Del is also one of the most-obviously-relaxed frontmen I've seen in any genre. His between-song patter was almost as entertaining as the songs themselves!
The band played several numbers from their newest CD, The Streets Of Baltimore. The title track really got to me—I'm sure I heard Bobby Bare's version on my parents' radio (WWVA in Wheeling) while growing up. Of course, the McCoury brothers—Ronnie on mandolin, Rob on banjo—were stellar. And Jason Carter on fiddle is simply a force of lyrical bowing. Alan Bartram broke a bass string, but kept on going and got a big round of applause.
This album jumps out of the speakers and has a great variety of tunes. Lovers' laments, Civil War stories, humorous tunes, a show-stopping Bluegrass version of "Misty," and a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, "Once More With Feeling."
Now Open on Saturdays
For the convenience of our local customers we will be open on Saturdays beginning December 14, 2013, from 10:00 to 4:00, at our new 701 NW McNelly Rd, Bentonville store.
We continue to be open 9:00 to 5:30 on weekdays.
Stop by to see the new store, and get a free case sticker (while supplies last) and a JDMC catalog. Of course you can still order from the website at any time.
The Ralph Stanley Story
Ralph Stanley has announced that his 67th year of touring will be his last (he will be playing dates until September 2014). If you haven't seen him perform, we insist that you must. We also recommend this fine independently-produced DVD from Kentucky's Appalshop, The Ralph Stanley Story.
It is a biography full of musical performances including Ralph with brother Carter, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakum, Patty Loveless, and others. Ralph playing solo banjo on the Clinch Mountain Boys' bus might be the best of them all! The band singing a capella at Curly Ray Cline's funeral is another authentic moment of greatness.
Included are Stanley family gatherings with Ralph, Carter, and their mother on old Super 8 footage with Ralph's commentary, George Shuffler's account of Carter's death and funeral, Larry Sparks' insightful analysis of Ralph's vocals, and much more.
2014 JDMC Catalog is OutThe latest JDMC catalog has just been published. Request a Downloadable Catalog or a Printed Catalog by clicking on one of the above links to send us an email. If you've already requested a catalog, you should be getting it soon.
JDMC Opens New Store in Bentonville, AR
We've moved our store just a short ways away, around the corner about 1/4 mile off of Rt 71 / I-540. Our new address is 701 NW McNelly Road, Bentonville, AR, just East of Rt 71. From the South take I-540 North, turn right at the first traffic light after I-540 ends (just before Walgreens) cross the bridge and we're on the right.
The new store is a much more comfortable and welcoming place to be, with a bigger display area and great acoustics. And it's all on one floor! The instrument setup and repair shop is bigger, and we have a cozy room for jamming and test driving instruments. And, as always, we have the largest selection of fine bluegrass and folk instruments and accessories in this part of the country.
This new store represents a commitment by JDMC to our retail business and a renewed focus on local customers. We have been an Internet mostly business for many years, and will remain an Internet business. People travel hundreds of miles to shop our wide selection of bluegrass and other acoustic instruments, looking for that perfect one, but many musicians living within a few miles of us don't know we're here. We hope to make this store more accessible to local customers. Stop in and see what we have and, just as importantly, let us know what you don't find. We will try to add it to our inventory. We look forward to seeing you.
JDMC Raffles Martin Guitar to Benefit International Bluegrass Music Museum
The Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, OH was a hotbed of award-winning bluegrass talent for two full days Friday and Saturday, November 8th and 9th. The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is a biannual acoustic music event occuring each March and November and is a homecoming of nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians and music fans at one of Ohio's most comfortable convention centers. Last weekend's show included performances by Bluegrass Hall of Fame members and today's top artists.
One of the weekend's many highlights benefited the International Bluegrass Music Museum located in Owensboro, Kentucky. Host band Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and their official supply sponsor Janet Davis Acoustic Music offered a special Martin Guitar Raffle. The Thompson family, owners of Janet Davis Acoustic Music, donated a Martin guitar valued at over $1,800. Raffle ticket sales for the guitar were extremely successful and generated enough funds to make a $2,500 donation to the IBMM. Ed Gotway from Missouri was the lucky winner and was awarded his Martin SWDGT guitar on Saturday night before the close of the festival.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum houses The International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. "2013 marks our tenth anniversary of producing this festival and we were grateful to have Hall of Fame members Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, and Paul Williams performing. Working on a project to benefit the IBMM was a natural fit. The support from the bluegrass community and from our supply sponsor, Janet Davis Acoustic Music, will have lasting benefits as we assist the IBMM in meeting their fundraising goals so that we can continue to honor and preserve the rich history of the music we love," states festival producer and musician, Joe Mullins.
The IBMM, the only full-scale bluegrass music museum in the world, is working to raise $10,000,000 in order to move into a new state-of-the-art bluegrass center along the Ohio River. The new facility will include additional exhibit space, a 1,000-seat concert hall, an outdoor concert area for 2,000, a restaurant, an expansive gift shop, an international hall, a research library, teaching rooms, and more. "We owe it to the terrific bluegrass musicians, now living or gone on, to preserve their great legacy in the manner and style that is befitting their talent and creativity," states IBMM Executive Director, Gabrielle Gray.
Janet Davis Acoustic Music brought along some of their musicians and technicians to do free instrument adjustments and provide setup and playing advice. They also had a chance to do some jamming. "The music was epic and we had such a blast meeting the many concert goers who stopped by our booth. We plan to be back again in the spring." Stop by and visit them then.
Media sponsorship for the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival was provided by Classic Country Radio, WBZI AM 1500 and FM100.3, WKFI AM 1090 and WEDI AM 1130, with additional sponsorship support provided by Cohen Recycling, Jeff Wyler Springfield Chevrolet, Janet Davis Acoustic Music, Deering Banjos, and GHS Strings. For additional information, please visit www.somusicfest.com or www.radioramblers.com.
The Old Fashioned Way
Gibson Guitars, Mandolins and Accessories
We carry a large selection of Gibson brand instruments and accessories, including Guitars and Mandolins, Mandolin and Banjo strings and instrument care products. However, our dealership arrangement with Gibson does not allow us to advertise on the Internet, so call or stop by our store to find out more about
our Gibson products and to place an order. A real person will answer the phone—never a computer. If we are busy with other customers or if we are closed leave a voice mail and we'll call you back.
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays
If one was to select an all-star team of Bluegrass musicians, Kenny Baker would surely be on it at the fiddle position. He was the longest-tenured member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, playing with "The Father of Bluegrass" for over 25 years and helping to define Bluegrass fiddle.
If one was to select a top-ten list of Bluegrass albums, Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe would have to be near the top. Baker decided to record this tribute to his boss, and of course, Bill ended up coming by the studio to play "a bit"—well, on the entire album.
Noam Pikelny is one of the best new banjo players in Bluegrass and he certainly knows his roots. He has recorded note-for-note banjo versions of Baker's amazing fiddle lines on Bill Monroe's classic instrumentals, and he has assembled a great band: Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), and Mike Bub (bass).
This superb new disc just might find its own way onto one of those Bluegrass Hall of Fame lists that musicians and listeners love to make.
Buy it now, for only $12.95.
NE Plus Ultra
for that pre-war
and sound in a left handed model,
the HD-28 is your
Diamond inlay scheme
and faux tortoise shell
We have a lot of nice books here at the store, but there's one that is truly elegant: Bluegrass Odyssey. It contains over 200 black-and-white photos from the late 60s to the early 80s of a wide variety of musicians, festivals, small-town nightspots, instrument makers, and radio stations.
A collaboration of Bluegrass music's #1 photographer (Fleischauer) and its #1 historian (Rosenberg), this book is a beautiful celebration of the people behind the sound.
My favorites include Bill Monroe at Uncle Pen's gravesite, JD Crowe at home in the early 70s (with his banjo, naturally), a teen-aged Marty Stuart laughing with a spectacularly-bearded Sonny Osborne, Mike Auldridge and Jerry Douglas jamming together backstage, and Clarence White strolling around camping folks at a 1973 festival. This is a must-have for any Bluegrass fan!
Buy it now for just $25.95.
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
New CD: Love Has Come For You
Steve Martin is currently in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comedian, actor, author and playwright, and as a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter. His fellow Texas native Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late '80s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that's solidified her reputation as compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight.
Although these new musical partners have already built widely-respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural duo effort is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists. Love Has Come for You offers 13 eloquently rootsy Martin/Brickell compositions that combine the former's inventive, expressive five-string banjo work with the latter's heart-tugging vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics.
Produced by legendary musician and producer, Peter Asher, and featuring the guest stylings of Esperanza Spalding, Waddy Wachtel, Nickel Creek alumni Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, as well as the Steep Canyon Rangers, Love Has Come For You is playful, spacious, and irresistibly accessible.
Click the CD image for a video of Steve and Edie talking about their new album.
The Urban Monroes
I'm a big believer in bands starting from scratch and building their way up (because I'm in one, too). I got an email from a friendly banjo picker, Matt Gray, who offered up a CD of his band, The Urban Monroes. Once I heard them, I knew we should help them get to the top. They are a four-piece with banjo, fiddle, bass, and guitar. Their vocalist/guitarist, Fran Kent, has a great voice, and the band is high-energy, a fusion of the traditional and contemporary, like their name.
Their CD, Pavement and Pathways ranges from beautiful original tunes like When The Aspens Turn to exciting versions of Bluegrass staples like Fireball Mail, Old Joe Clark, and Wheel Hoss. There's also a fine rendition of the rock chestnut Secret Agent Man, a nice version of Green Day's unlikely #1 90s hit Time Of Your Life, and an intensely emotional You Don't Have To Move That Mountain by Keith Whitley.
The Urban Monroes are from the Pacific Northwest and stay busy on the road. They've opened for Rhonda Vincent, among others, and are sponsored by Nechville Banjos and L.R. Baggs Pickups.
Pavement and Pathways is available at JDMC for $11.95.
Joe Mullins on Janet Davis Acoustic Music
We now carry Taylor Guitars
We're happy to announce that we have recently added Taylor Guitars to our already broad selection of acoustic instruments. We have quite a few in stock and more are coming in every day, so come on in and check them out and compare them with others brands we have on hand. We can also special order the Taylor guitar that fits your needs.
EIGHTEEN MONTH FINANCING NOW AVAILABLE FOR TAYLORS!Click here for details
Welcome to the new Janet Davis Acoustic Music!
It's been a little over a year since the Thompson family acquired the retail part (instruments, accessories and books) of the Janet Davis Music Company, and created the new Janet Davis Acoustic Music store. The excitement of being involved in this well-respected store hasn't worn off, and we're working hard to grow the business and maintain the tradition of exceptional sound and service that Janet established over the years. Janet still owns the Janet Davis Music Company, which supports her music teaching and book publishing services—she is still devoted to writing the very popular instructional books that have inspired so many players throughout the years, and she continues to be in great demand as an outstanding teacher of all bluegrass instruments.
You may have noticed some changes over the past year, especially our new web page. There were some initial glitches, but with a little tweaking, it's now working very well, and we thank you for your patience! Our specialties are still selling the finest Bluegrass instruments throughout the world, as well as in our little corner of Arkansas. We plan to expand the brick-and-mortar side of the business, so that we have plenty of quality instruments available for those who would like to visit with us to compare and try the many different brands and styles of products that we stock. Our friendly and professional staff is the same as before, so if you visit our store or talk with us on the phone, you will find the same familiar faces and voices.
We've recently begun to carry an excellent line of Gypsy Jazz guitars, and we also carry some unusual Latin stringed instruments. All of this is in addition to the great brands that we already carry. We have improved our service department, adding some tools to enhance our already renowned customization and maintenance services. We are proud that our customer support, both pre- and post-sales, is second to none.
We are especially excited to announce that we are now authorized to sell Taylor guitars. We continue to receive new shipments of Taylors and have been impressed with their workmanship and quality. And we also now carry NS Design instruments, which are innovative stringed instruments. The basses and violins are perfect for Bluegrass musicians.
Finally, many of you may have noticed that in 2012 we became the official supply sponsor for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, who were named Emerging Artists of the Year at the IBMA awards last fall. The Radio Ramblers' bassist, Tim Kidd, plays an NS Design bass in concert, and was part of our motivation for adding them to our lineup. We also partner with the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys—in fact, Johnny's first banjo was purchased here, and we continue to support them.
As always, Thank You and Happy Pickin'!
Janet Davis Acoustic Music
701 NW McNelly Rd, Suite 19
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
Monday-Friday: 9:00 to 5:30
Saturday: 10:00 to 4:00
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Just wanted to say that the service I recieved was second to none. I bought a used Yates RS banjo and am thrilled with it. It arrived packed very well and condition exactly as described. When Tom called me for set up questions I could tell he really knew and loved banjos. He was very nice and even called me about a week after I recieved it just to see how I liked it. Highly recommend them.
Thank you, Derek. I've heard other customers rave about doing business with Janet Davis Acoustic Music, and now I know why. You're the best!
I want to thank Janet Davis Acoustic Music and one of your sales representatives, Tom, for assisting me in purchasing and shipping the Tacoma JF-21 Jumbo guitar on Tuesday. I received the guitar on Wednesday, incredibly, and it is one beautiful instrument, exactly as described by Tom. I also want to specially thank him for the fantastic setup of the guitar, which even included brand new strings - what a great surprise!
The packing was also excellent, and I am one very, VERY happy and satisfied customer of Janet Davis Acoustic Music. I have bookmarked your website, and will always look there first when considering future instrument purchases (I already have my eye on one...).
Many thanks again!
I have purchased two Wildwood banjos from Janet Davis, a Troubadour, and very recently a Paragon. They are beautiful in appearance, and Tom Anderson does a fantastic job setting them up and optimizing their beautiful tone. He is a genius, not to mention a very friendly and helpful gentleman.