The 2018 Gathering will be held July 11-14 at the Holiday Inn Express in Wilkesboro NC.
Call the hotel at 336-838-1800 and ask for the Dobro Festival rate of $87 to reserve your room.
Contact Pammy Davis at 336.202.1536 for details and to pre-order tee shirts. To get on the correspondence list send an email to pammydavis @ triad.rr.com
Who are we? We are a loosely knit group of individuals drawn together out of love or fascination of the dobro, or resonator guitar. Invented and developed in the late 1920's and early 30's, the Dopyera brothers presented America and the world with a totally unique instrument centered around a mechanical resonating sound or amplification system. The brothers tossed around the question of what to call this new class of stringed instruments and finally coined the term 'Dobro' which was a combination of the words Dopyera and Brothers. "Resonator Guitar" is more commonly used now for non-Gibson/Dobro branded guitars. ResoGat is the gathering of Dobro/Resonator guitar enthusiasts to talk, play music, laugh, meet old friends and make new friends.
We want to say a special thank-you to this year's sponsors and exhibitors. The majority of the others have never attended the gathering but didn't hesitate to help us out when asked. Please show your gratitude to them and let them know how much you appreciate their contribution. They are listed on the website's 2017 Sponsors & Exhibitors
2017 Exhibitors & Luthiers
Last update: 9 August, 2017
Be sure to support the folks that help make ResoGat possible: Our 2017 sponsors
Hope to see everyone in Wilkesboro in July of 2018!
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Click here to see video from the 2011 ResoGat
Tour of exhibitors showroom
It has a Foreword by Jerry Douglas and is a 216 page, full color, hard cover book published by Centerstream/Hal Leonard Publishing. It is the first and most definitive work devoted solely to the Dobro guitars produced by the Dopyera Brothers including John Dopyera, the inventor, during the initial years of production from 1929 to 1941. It includes original, high quality, full color photos of most of the Dobro Models made during this period with historical background on the Dobro, the instrument that has become such a large part of Bluegrass Music and other musical styles of today. It includes a CD with 15 tunes played by Steve on 15 different prewar Dobros to give an example of the varied sounds of the prewar instruments. The book is available at Barnes & Noble and other book and music stores throughout the world as well as Amazon.com and many other web dealers. Or you can contact Steve at 760-536-9573 in San Diego, CA or firstname.lastname@example.org for info on getting an autographed copy directly from the author.
Dobro History in Print - "Dobro Roots" by Steve Toth
Ferrell Stowe honored in 2016
When Ferrel heard Josh Graves for the first time that sound grabbed his heart and would not let go. Being the the only Dobro player in the Midwest for many years Ferrell played festivals in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahome, Illinois, Arkansas and Iowa along with hundreds of recording sessions. Ferrell was names SPBGMA's Dobro player of the year 9 times.
In 2002, Frank Harlow built the first of three of his guitars and Ferrell has played them since. About 5 years ago Black Diamond asked to create a set of signature strings and it was readily agreed to. After moving to the Nashville area Ferrell did a tour with Jim Lauterdale which took him to Merlefest and to the stage of the Grand Old Opry. He has played at the Station Inn amny times. In 2006 Ferrell became friends with Josh Graves and released Stobro Blues the same year. Josh attended the release party and has remained as a cherished memory.
Bev got her first Dobro in May, 1967 at age 12 and recorded her first Dobro instrumental LP record in April, 1971. She was the first female Dobro player to record an all Dobro instrumental album. After the initial recording she followed up with 9 more over the years. Two of those albums were recorded with Bashful Brother Oswald. At that time there was a need for Dobro instructional material and she wrote "Country and Bluegrass Dobro" and followed up later with two tablature books.
In 1974 she began publication of "Dobro Nut" which was later renamed to "Resophonic Echoes" in 1976 and the name eventually settled on "Country Heritage" in 1982. Her first public performance was on Alex Campbell's radio show in 1970. Afterward she performed with Ola Belle Reed before starting to work with Joe Knight in 1979. She continued to perform on stage and radio afterward. In 1994 Bev moved to Clarkville, AR. Bev opened a music shop in a remodeled house and eventually outgrew the building. The business continued to grow and moved a few times before Country Heritage Muisc changed over to a strictly online/mail order store.