Around here the word "mandolin" calls to mind Sammy Allred. The second thing brought to mind is a rocking chair on which the grandmother of a childhood friend kept the guitar and also the mandolin that she had played as a young woman, the necks of both adorned with streaming faded ribbons. Then comes Ricky Skaggs. And this morning I played Fat Mandolin (Blue Horizon 7-63852, Johnny Young, with Otis Spann on piano) for the first time in a very long time. There's lots of presence here. The favorite tracks are Deal the Cards and a very good version of Victoria Spivey's Black Snake Blues. This album is definitely worth the listen. This seems to be a good discography.