He plays Monroe-style mandolin and sings high lonesome songs, with a bluegrass band and a brother-style duet. He plays accordion in a swing band. He’s a record collector with over 12,000 78s. He runs a recording studio and record label with bluegrass, old time, blues, jazz, swing, and even a “Dixieland rock ‘n roll” offering. Tom Mindte is the renaissance man of DC string band music, and the 2020 recipient of the Washington Monument Award from the DC Bluegrass Union.
Mindte leads the Patuxent Partners, a bluegrass band; is half of Tom Mindte and Mason Via; played accordion in the Buffalo Nickel Band, and as impresario of Patuxent Music is helping to keep traditional bluegrass alive and well.
The presentation of the Washington Monument Award was a virtual celebration, webcast live on Facebook on Wednesday, August 26. Presenters, speakers and performers included Katy Daley, Randy Barrett, Danny Knicely, Nate Leath, Shannon Bielski, Victor Furtado and Matt Slocum.
To learn more about Tom and his music, here’s a 2017 interview with Katy Daley from Bluegrass Today.