ResoSummit

Resosummit 2014 - the follow up

Congratulations to Rob Ickes, Betty Wheeler, and the entire staff for another excellent Resosummit. I came away with a ton of new ideas and things to practice.

Some general thoughts:
- Nashville is undergoing a huge transformation. There were new buildings going up everywhere. The Gulch (where the Station Inn is located) seems to be almost fully built out and populated. The rest of the city seems to be going through a lot of changes.
- It was cold, much colder than previous times. I wish I had packed a few more warm clothes. It actually snowed on my last day there.
- Two of my favorite classes were the David Lindley class with Mike Witcher (imagine 20 dobros playing the solo from "These Days" simultaneously - what a great sound!) and Billy Cardine's Jazz Standards class. I love it when I don't play anything in the class and still get so much out of it.

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Don't forget about Beard at Resosummit!

I know everybody was really excited to see the new National Scheerhorn collaboration, but I think just as much attention was paid to Paul Beard's offerings at Resosummit. He seemed to be doing a very brisk business selling the Beard Legend cone and new cover plates. His new Model 27 based on Tut Taylor's old guitar is one fine instrument. I borrowed it while Paul upgraded my Tennessean and was very impressed.
Mike Witcher had a new Jerry Douglas Blackbird that was a sweet as could be, and the Beard Odyssey that Andy Hall tried out sounded fantastic (less so when I tried it, but I think there may be a talent difference at work there).
This is truly a golden age for resonator guitar. We are incredibly lucky to have people like Paul, Tim and others making their finest instruments right now.

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