Tristan Arnett was born in Glasgow, Kentucky and grew up in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, a very small town where Bluegrass music is very common.
"I've been around music my whole life. My Grandpa plays guitar, my Grandma sings, my Dad played guitar and dobro. My Grandpa has done sound for just about anybody you can name, so it's always been a common thing for me to be around music. When I was about 8, my Dad starting showing me chords on the guitar, and simple tunes like Yankee Doodle and Wild Wood Flower. I enjoyed playing, but never really got into it that much. When I was about 10, my dad passed away, and I lost almost all interest in music. So it was pretty off and on for a few years.
A little over a year ago is when I really got the itch to play more seriously. Barry Scott came to my town, and I saw Matthew Munsey playing the mandolin, and I even had the privilege of playing with them! Something about Matt's playing really made me want to play. Ever since, that's all I've done. I truly have a love for music; not only classic Bluegrass music but other genres like Newgrass, Old Country, Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, and even Reggae. I try to be very open minded, because I think you can learn something from every experience, and apply those experiences to all types of music.
I've had the privilege of playing with Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley II and Barry Scott, several times since I began playing seriously. It's something I love and I think will continue to take me places. I would like to thank my wonderful family for being so supportive about me playing music, and in anything I do. Most of all, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the talent; I am very blessed, and anything I am or ever will be will be because of him. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank The Loar, for making such quality instruments, and giving me the opportunity to endorse them."
About his LM-700-VS mandolin, Tristan says "The Loar mandolins have that really amazing round, woody tone that I am looking for, while still maintaining amazing volume and playability. And they sound great right out of the box. One of the most well-rounded instruments on the market, I highly recommend them to anyone."
The Loar LM-700-VS