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GEICO’s mandolin player

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Who’s the guy playing mandolin in those GEICO insurance commercials?  The mystery is solved!

According to some threads on Mandolin Café it’s “Elio Schiavo, mandolin player and band leader of the Six Deadly Venoms”  he recorded the mandolin tracks for the commercial on Voight #3.”

The guy on camera holding the mandolin is Alex Harvey, a musician and an actor from NY.  He was (or is?) part of a group named REO Chuckwagon.

Here’s the original casting call from O’Connor Casting Company in Chicago:


O’Connor Casting Company is searching for fun, musically inclined individuals for a national commercial campaign for GEICO!

Are you a folksy musician with a modern quirk? Do you know how to keep an audience entertained in the Buck Owens and Roy Clark pickin’ and grinnin’ tradition of “Hee-Haw”? We’re looking for duo acts, or solo musicians who play well with others, for an opportunity to add fun and laughter to a national commercial campaign! If you are already part of a strummin’ musical duo or musically inclined comedy duo, we’d love to see you two together!

Ron & Jimmy Male, 30-45 years old. These guys are a folksy, likeable duo with a real charm about them. Looking for guy(s) who have a witty chemistry between them or can make it work in a fun paring that feels natural, fun and spontaneous. Completely devoid of cynicism, these guys are contemporary rather than country, but still have a very FOLKSY way about them. They need to play an instrument, like the banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle or any other folk instrument.