2007 Reso Competition at the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention

Every August, hot (in more ways than one!) pickers come from all over to the Galax, Virginia Old Fiddler's Convention. In addition to all the other instruments, they hold a reso contest. This year's top ten was:

1. Billy Bourne - Fries, VA
2. Steve Schaaf - Atlanta, GA
3. Donnie Scott - Mt. Airy, NC
4. Curtis Baker - Salem, VA
5. Travis Houck - Chilhowie, VA
6. Brad Harper - Statesville, NC
7. Patty Jones - Roanoke, VA
8. Charles Moore - Grafton, VA
9. Robert Ellis - Mocksville, NC
10. Hobert Beavers - Pounding Mill, VA

Steve and Brad are definitely citizens of the Reso-Nation...I'm not sure about the others...regardless, congratulations all!

2007 ResoGat Photos

Pam Davis sent me a link to photos from this years' Gathering Of Resonateurs. This was the third year for the event since it's relocation from the Pennsylvania homeplace of Dobro inventor descendants John and Margaret Dopyera.  This years turnout was even better than the last as the event continues to draw reso enthusiasts from across the country.

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More photos can be seen here and here:

 

 

Bill Cardine / Ivan Rosenberg Project Coming Soon

High-end reso slingers (and friends) Bill Cardine and Ivan Rosenberg are slated to release their much anticipated duet project. This from Ivan:

Billy Cardine and I finally finished up our CD called "The Donkeys"--it's at the manufacturer, we should get it in a couple of weeks, and it should ship around mid-August. Plenty of Dobros on mostly original tunes in new acoustic, bluegrass, old time, swing, and Indian genres. Guests including present and past members of The Biscuit Burners and more. We're really happy with how the music came out....

Here's the cover... I know, I have a banjo sticking out of my head.

The Donkeys

The Donkeys also has a substantial booklet packed with cool stuff. Graphic design and original artwork are by Spencer Walts (a great Dobro player himself), with liner notes by Derek Halsey. A couple of songs are up at

http://www.myspace.com/billycardine

or
http://www.myspace.com/ivanrosenberg

For those of you who have Relapse, we've spiced up The Creptid Donkey since then.

Be on the lookout for this collaboration between two of the best resoists (multi-instrumentalists) in the world.

Gimme A Break: 001 - The Mountain

**The intent of this column is to aid in learning a particular segment of a referenced piece of music. All media in this and all posts in this series are strictly for educational use. Do not duplicate this material in any way.**
Our first Gimme A Break selection will be 'The Mountain' off of the album titled as such by Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band. The featured resoist on this tune is Jerry Douglas.
The tune is in the key of D and is in 3/4 time. Here's the break...

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and again @ 75%...

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Here's how the break sounds to me:

& @ 75% ...

Here's the tab:

The Mountain Tablature

The Mountain Tablature

The Mountain Tablature

The Mountain Tablature

I like the way Jerry lets it breath a little in the 4th and 5th measures. He leaves just enough emphasis on the downbeats to support the rhythm without going completely waltzy.
Please let me know if you like/dislike this format and any ways I can improve it. Enjoy.

 

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