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Andy Hall on Dobro Legend Tut Taylor

tut taylor with dobro

We are sorry to hear of the loss of Tut Taylor, who was known as the "flatpicking Dobro man." He was an influential player on ArtistWorks Dobro instructor Andy Hall who has written a nice tribute:

"A little note about Tut Taylor, the flatpicking Dobro man. I was saddened to hear of Tut’s passing the other day, and it brought back a flood of memories. Tut was the first hero Dobro player of mine that I ever met. It was at Winterhawk bluegrass festival which went on to become Grey Fox. He was giving a very informal Dobro workshop with Pete Reischwein if I remember correctly. I sat right next to Tut on the ground and listened to him play. I was very familiar with his playing from Aereoplane and from Norman Blake records. We all know that feeling of being close to a player you’ve heard and look up to for the first time. At one point I walked with him up to his camper and we sat and talked and picked a bit. Incidentally that was also the first time I ever went to bluegrass festival. He was always welcoming and for a young player that so huge. So inspiring. As far as his playing, I think using a flatpick made his style so clear and un-cluttered. It was simple but powerful and really stood out. His sound is forever woven into the fabric of some of the most influential bluegrass music ever made. So grateful for you Tut!"  - Andy Hall