Profile

Shin Akimoto
Mandolin

Shin Akimoto, the “Bill Monroe of Japan” was born in Osaka, Japan in
1958, and has been playing bluegrass music since his college days in the
mid 1970's. He dates his inspiration to play mandolin to a 1977 Japan
tour by Roland White of Country Gazette, cites Mike Compton as another
major influence, and is especially interested in the sounds of Bill
Monroe's early bands. In the 1980's he came to the U.S. for several
festivals and formed a bluegrass band, Shin Akimoto Band, in Japan whose
song “Don't Bother Cry” was included in the compilation album “Long
Journey Home” produced by the IBMA in 1992. Since then he has performed
widely as a professional musician in Japan and the U.S., and has played
mandolin with many of the best-known players in bluegrass, including
Hazel Dickens, Tim O'Brien, Mac Wiseman, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis,
David Grisman, Alison Brown, and Del McCoury. “I devote myself to
popularization of the music I do love,” he writes in his professional
profile , “bluegrass music.”