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  • Gaven Largent: Bluegrass Kid Plays Nashville

    Gaven Largent: Bluegrass Kid Plays Nashville

    “Just as classical musicians aspire to perform one day at New York’s Carnegie Hall, country and bluegrass musicians dream of playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirteen-year-old Gaven Largent will be doing just that next month. VOA’s Susan Logue caught up with him at his home in Winchester, Virginia, and prepared this profile.” We don’t get to see a performance here, just little snippets of Gaven Largent playing some guitar, banjo and dobro. Gavin was featured on local […]

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  • Jerry Douglas and Bryan Sutton: “Patrick Meets the Brickbats”

    Jerry Douglas and Bryan Sutton: “Patrick Meets the Brickbats”

    Jerry Douglas Band – Merlefest 2002 I’m not such a big fan of drums mixed in with acoustic instruments especially since the instruments that Bill Monroe picked do such a fabulous job at covering all sides of the rhythm. So with this instance, take away the drums, add a mandolin and you got your rhythm. Now this is not to say that this drummer is not right in there… Yes for certain, as there’s no way that Jerry’s settling for anything […]

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  • Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, Aly Bain,Tod Parks: St Anne’s Reel

    By Jim Weaver: This video, which appears to be from the early to mid-1990′s is a cross-over bluegrass/celtic song.  A young Jerry Douglas shines, but so does Aly Bain, Tod Parks and Russ Barenberg. “Russ Barenberg began playing guitar at age 13, taking lessons from Alan Miller, whose brother John Miller Barenberg would later play with. His style was heavily influenced by the flatpickingtechnique of Clarence White. He attended Cornell University and met Pete Wernick there in 1968. Together they joined to form Country Cooking, who released […]

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  • Jerry & Daughter with Kukuruza

    Jerry & Daughter with Kukuruza

    Im hoping by now most of you know who Jerry Douglas is… right? Well, if not, he’s considered the “Big Gun” in the dobro world with abilities and chops far beyond most.. And in the video is Jerry’s daughter Olivia. Wonder is she’s gonna take up an instrument (or maybe she already has!). But who is Kukuruza? “The group Kukuruza of “Crossing Borders” fame were an early Russian Bluegrass group from Moscow. They came to tour America in the early […]

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  • Jerry Douglas: Going Out Of Bounds?

    Jerry Douglas: Going Out Of Bounds?

    Pushed Too Far – Jerry Douglas Band   “Telluride in 2003: Larry Atamaniuk/drums, Gabe Witcher/fiddle, Bryan Sutton/guitar, Derek Jones/bass.” When traditional bluegrass folks hear Jerry Douglas performing with drums and such… playing eclectic style songs …well I’m guessing that not to many are going to enjoy this particular video. But you can’t expect a guy like Jerry Douglas (the man that has redefined the dobro) to just play 3 – 5 chord bluegrass songs…. can you? Interestingly, this band is […]

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  • Cindy Cashdollar: Five Time Grammy Award Winner

    Cindy Cashdollar: Five Time Grammy Award Winner

      Cindy Cashdollar performing Oh Susanna on her National Resophonic “Cindy Cashdollar, five time Grammy Award winning dobro and slide steel guitar player, performing Oh Susanna, traditional song (public domain) by Stephen Foster, on her National Resophonic Guitar at Ray Bensons Bismeaux Recording Studio in Austin, TX on May 5th, 2010, where Cindy has recorded many times with Asleep At The Wheel, and where she chose to do an oral history interview and acoustic performance for MusicBox Projects film documentary […]

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  • Jimmy Heffernan: Blues Stay Away From Me

    Jimmy Heffernan: Blues Stay Away From Me

      BLUES STAY AWAY FROM ME Here’s my longtime music buddy, Jimmy Heffernan with a round of “Blues Stay Away From Me,” with some backing track accompaniment. “Heff” as I call him and I have known each other and played in various bands since the early 80′s. We’ve also co-produced two dobro instructional videos at my studio (Ampersand Records USA). We both ended up in Nashville around the same time.. back in the 90′s- He played steel guitar for artists […]

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  • Jacques Stotzem Plays Ry Cooder

    Jacques Stotzem Plays Ry Cooder

    By Miche Archetto: In 1984 Ry Cooder wrote the soundtrack of Wim Wenders’ movie “Paris, Texas“, which is also the title of this song, in my opinion a masterpiece of slide guitar. Ry Cooder’s version is played by two guitars, but here Belgian player Jacques Stotzem plays his arrangement on his dobro in DADF#AD tuning.   “In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the « fingerstyle » guitarists with the most diversified style. Born in 1959 in […]

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  • Rob Ickes – Dobros Are Us

    Rob Ickes – Angeline The Baker If you’re into dobro than you’re gonna love Rob Ickes. He’s very similar in style in my opinion to Jerry Douglas with some slight variations in note choice. Even to a semi educated listener, it would be difficult to tell. The first thing you’ll notice is all the chops Rob has. The mandolin player here is Andy Leftwich from the Ricky Scaggs band. It’s a toss up which instrument Andy plays better, fiddle or […]

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  • Jerry Douglas & Chris Thile- No Boundaries Here

    Jerry Douglas (feat. Chris Thile) – We Hide & Seek If you take the guitar, put a medal resonator on it, add some sound cones, raise the action real high, and then turn it sideways and play it with a metal bar and finger picks, you have a dobro. It’s been used in a lot of different styles of music but, the best players are in bluegrass these days. The dobro was never considered a traditional bluegrass instrument until Flatt […]

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