For Mandolin Monroe—aka Emily Anderson—the music never stops.  It all started for her in a small town west of Wellington.  Emily grew up in Milan, in rural Sumner County.  She remembered, “It was relatively safe, outside the home. We were free range children and wandered all over the small town.  Playing with the town’s kids at the park was a highlight.  It was an escape rather from a difficult childhood and home life.”
Since then, she said, she has “evolved into a band leader. I’ve made it more about a group effort. Officially, it’s Mandolin Monroe and the All Star Jam Band. I still don’t have set band members but I have 24 All Star Musicians who have participated in my shows. It has everything from standard traditional bluegrass instruments to didgeridoo, saw players, and blues harmonicas. I’m always recruiting new members.  I still write all the songs. I’ve taken a break from writing songs on the mandolin and confiscated my husband’s Taylor guitar, and have been playing and writing as usual. I can’t even begin to say how many songs I’ve written. I find my inspiration from friends and other musicians.”  
She has an album, she said, “that’s not quite finished, but almost.  I have been asked to record a single track at the Red Cat Recording studio in Mulvane this March.”
Her performing schedule is filling up.  On March 16th, she will be at the Artichoke in Wichita from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  On April 5th, she will perform at College Hill Coffee in Winfield from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. She will also be at the Moxie Grill and Bar in Newton from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
She said what she enjoys about performing music is the “sharing the experience with the listeners, and with the other bandmates. I also enjoy sharing the spotlight with my friends.  I like to write as a type of therapy, and to preserve time capsules for myself. There’s what the song is about, and what it means to the people who listen.”
Emily—aka Mandolin Monroe—lives in Winfield with her husband and five children.