Aynsley Porchak

Aynsley Porchak

Music connects people.  I met Tim Jones of Carolina Blue when he graciously played one of my TKD mandolins at the International Bluegrass Music Association tradeshow.  Because of that chance meeting, I came across the music of Aynsley Porchak.  To introduce you, here is Aynsley playing Orange Blossom Special with Carolina Blue.   When I began […]

JigJam – Americana and Bluegrass

JigJam - Americana and Bluegrass

I met Gavin Strappe, mandolin and banjo player for JigJam, when he visited my store, The Mando Shop, in Tallahassee, FL.  He bought a Collings mandolin.  What a great pleasure it was for me to hear him play!  After developing my own brand of mandolin, TKD, I contacted him and he agreed to help me […]

Soul Seekers

Soul Seekers

The event was a Jordan Marsh fashion show in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  The band members, left to right, are Fred Ostertag, Red Dunn (my brother), Chuck Wright, and me (Kyle).  I was 14 years old.  For those familiar with south Florida during the 1960s, disc jockey Rick Shaw from WQAM was the master of ceremonies. […]

Tim Jones plays a TKD mandolin

Stringfest Blog - Tim Jones playing a TKD mandolin

Tim Jones is such a gracious man.  We were exhibiting at the IBMA tradeshow and Tim offered to play a TKD mandolin.  What a joy to listen to Tim playing one of my mandolins.  It’s an experience I’ll never forget.  Thank you Tim and Carolina Blue! It was great fun to have IBMA booth visitors […]

JD Williams plays a TKD mandolin

Stringfest Blog - JD Williams playing a TKD mandolin

In 2016, Marion and I attended the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) tradeshow.  We represented The Mando Shop selling our TKD mandolins.  Directly across from our booth was an entertainment stage.  JD Williams offered to play one of the TKD mandolins.  What a joy for me to hear such an accomplished musician playing one of […]