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Tone Poems: The Sounds of the Great Vintage Guitars and Mandolins

David Grisman and Tony Rice

Initial release : 1994

Acoustic Disc ACD 10

17 guitar/mandolin duets played on 34 different hand crafted instruments - a homage to the great guitars and mandolins of the 20th century. The CD is accompanied by a 40 page booklet which describes the instruments used. Includes many photos. An expanded HD version was released in 2013.


  • Turn of the Century (Grisman)
  • Prisoner's Waltz (Grisman)
  • Sam-Bino (Grisman)
  • Grandfather's Clock (Traditional arr. Grisman)
  • Good Old Mountain Dew (Traditional arr. Grisman & Rice)
  • I Am a Pilgrim (Traditional arr. Grisman & Rice)
  • Mill Valley Waltz (Grisman)
  • Vintage Gintage Blues (Grisman)
  • I Don't Want Your Mandolins Mister (Traditional arr. Grisman & Rice)
  • Dawg After Dark (Grisman)
  • Wildwood Flower (Traditional arr. Grisman & Rice)
  • Morning Sun (Grisman)
  • Banks of the Ohio (Traditional arr. Grisman & Rice)
  • Swing '42 (Reinhardt / Grappelli)
  • Watson Blues (Monroe)
  • O Solo Mio (Traditional arr. Grisman)
  • Song For Two Pamelas (Grisman)

  • David Grisman - mandolins
  • Tony Rice - guitars

  • Producer - David Grisman
  • Recording engineer - David Dennison
  • Production assistance - Craig Miller
  • Instrument setup - Dexter Johnson
  • Mastering - Paul Stubblebine
  • Photography - Eric Harger
  • Art direction - Mike Moser
  • Layout - D. Brent Hauseman
  • Liner Notes - Dexter Johnson, David Grisman
  • Instruments courtesy of Ed Ashworth, Daryl Bloom, David Grisman, Monroe Grisman, Dexter Johnson, Craig Miller, Rick Montgomery, John O, Tony Rice, James "Rick" Rickard, Marc Silver, Frank Staley
  • Special thanks to John Bernunzio, Jim Bollman, David Colburn, Jack Crymes, John Delgatto, Bernard Glansbeek, George Gruhn, Steve Jarvis, "H", Pamela Rice, Marc Silber, Tom Stern
  • Strings by D'Addario
  • Recorded at Dawg Studios in February 1993 and January 1994
  • Mastered at The Rocket Lab
This project is dedicated to all the nameless and faceless artisans and craftsmen who built these wonderful guitars and mandolins that we love to play.

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An HD, expanded, deluxe edition of Tone Poems was released in 2013:

Dawg After Dark is included on the Acoustic Disc sampler: I Don't Want Your Mandolins Mister was included on the Acoustic Disc sampler: Wildwood Flower was included on: Two songbooks were published in conjunction with this CD:
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