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Occupation: Retired teacher and wrestling coach

Gender: Male
My Instruments:
I currently own a Gann Curly Maple reso, made by Don Gann. I also play banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin.

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Those who truly enjoy what they are doing and pass on that joy to others.

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Created 7/28/2008
Last Visit 11/5/2016

My current avatar shows me playing my Gann curly maple "dobro." It is a very nice sounding dobro with plenty of punch. A "real" dobro player would make it sound even better. I used to own a Gold Tone Beard Deluxe which was my first square neck reso and I bought it after reading some reviews by reso players who had tested a bunch of resos and posted the results. They praised the Gold Tone Beard and I have to agree that for the money, it is a nice reso. I sold it to a friend's dad who is 90 years old and loves it.

Once I heard the beautiful sound that can come from a reso, I felt we needed to add that sound to our bluegrass gospel band. We have 3 playing guitar in our unique group, and when we first began didn't have a banjo player. So I started learning to play the reso and banjo. While I know I have lots to learn, I can play well enough to "fool" most folks that I really know what I'm doing, but my main instrument is guitar. With our bluegrass gospel group I play more banjo than anything now that we lost our previous banjo player. I've also learned how to play bass and mandolin and am thinking about trying my hand with a fiddle.

Our group, Churchyard, is made up of 6. I have a picture posted on my photos page. We try to stay within an accepted bluegrass sound while doing gospel songs and are probably best known for the harmonies. We are very active playing at churches, special events, such as funerals, weddings, anniversaries, dinner meetings, etc. We also perform a concert on occasion, but most of our playing is done in connection with a special event. Churchyard leads the music at our church in Crosby, Minnesota at a monthly "bluegrass" service. Once we started playing at events outside of our church, the floodgates opened, so to speak. We try to accomodate people's requests, but sometimes just can fill them all. It is a good problem to have. We've been a group for 5 1/2 years now and have had a great time. A key to our success has been our commitment to using our talents as a music ministry to help spread the good news of God's love and amazing grace for us all.

This reso site will be a good source of inspiration and information. I know there are folks who have way more talent on the reso than I have, and much more experience, so I will be doing more asking and listening than advice giving.

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