Blues Mandolin Man: The Life and Music of Yank Rachell
Author: Richard Congress
Publication date: 2001
American Made Music Series
University Press of Mississippi
“Blues Mandolin Man: The Life and Music of Yank Rachell is the first biography of a blues maker who kept country blues and jug-band style alive. Yank Rachell and his mandolin playing style moved every musician lucky enough to hear him perform in the early sixties. When he died in April 1997, he left behind a stack of unanswered requests to tour Europe and to play blues festivals in the United States. In Blues Mandolin Man: The Life and Music of Yank Rachell, Richard Congress delivers the biography of a family man whose playing inspired and energized the likes of David Honeyboy Edwards, Sleepy John Estes, and Henry Townsend. No other biography discusses the mandolin's influence and role in the blues."