Responses from goheelz

5 most recognizable voices in American music?
screamin' jay hawkins (hands down winner!!), dylan, johnny cash, roy orbison, billie holiday 
Mandolin music
Some good suggestions already, esp. Grisman, but I'd also recommend going back to the master, Bill Monroe, before you decide for good that bluegrass mandolin is not what you're after. Grisman's got the jazzy complexity, but no one has topped old B... 
So you're an audiophile - are you also a musician?
My daughter (age 11) is an excellent classical violinist and a pianist, so any hi-fi investments are simply part of her education expenses! I'm also an amateur bluegrass muscian (banjo, guitar, mandolin). There are certainly a lot of musician-audi... 
Recommendation for guitar duo CD
Some good suggestions already, including the Demeola, McLauglin, Paco de Lucia recording. Also check out anything by Bucky and John Pizzarelli, a wonderful New York father-son jazz team. "Passion Guitars" is the one I listen to often, and it is ve...