The 2015 Gathering will be held July 8-11 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. (See design at left for 2014 ResoGat tee shirt art). 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. Three of them are shown above. 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 2013 Sponsors & Exhibitors
2013 Exhibitors & Luthiers
Last update: 1 January, 2015
Be sure to support the folks that help make ResoGat possible: Our 2014 sponsors
A gathering of resonateurs in Wilkesboro, NC
Hope to see everyone in Wilkesboro in July of 2015!
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L-R: Pete Mosco, J.P. Johnson, Dick DeNeve
Click here to see video from the 2011 ResoGat
Tour of exhibitors showroom
New Book! Palm Trees, Senoritas....and Rocket Ships
A 423 page tour-de-force that explores the fascinating design world of the musical instruments produced by the Dopyera Brothers from 1923 to 1993. Famous for their 'National' guitars, they went on to pioneer electric pickups, fibreglass construction, amplifiers etc, and influenced the sound of Country Music, Bluegrass, Blues and Hawaiian music through most of the 20th Century.
See Mark Makin's website for more information: http://www.markmakin.co.uk/index.html
Mike Esposito honored in 2013
Mike ranks among the finest country/blues guitarists. His powerful instrumental chops and passionate vocal style testify to his virtuosity. Mike, playing Dobro and National steel guitar, founded The Lost World String Band which earned international recognition.
The group toured the United States and Europe and shared stages with some of the brightest names in the music business, including Doc Watson, Asleep At The Wheel, The Ventures, the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, John Hartford, The Whites and many more.
Dick Blattenberger honored in 2014
Dick been a one man PR man for the Dobro in the Northeast for over fifty years, as well as mentor, teacher, and all around inspiration. Dick is a gifted artist on more than just Dobro.
He designed the art work for the 2013 Resonator Guitar gathering in Wilkesboro, NC. It is with great pleasure that we honor Dick this year.