From the Archive: Mandolin Hero Frank Wakefield

November 2023

 The Bridge

The long, strange and occasionally backwards journey of Frank Wakefield

 By Art Dudley

Photographs by Jeromie Stephens

This article originally appeared in Fretboard Journal #35

Shops on Main Street, when such things existed, used to stay open late on Thursday evenings. Imagine my surprise at finding that the new stringed-instrument store in downtown Oneonta, N.Y., not only wasn’t open late, but it closed earlyon Thursdays. 

On Friday I stopped in at lunchtime and asked...

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