Friday, May 6, 2022
Chris' Dobro: The Courage to Find Your Own Path
That is what draws me the most to the Carter Family. When Chris began playing dobro I did not tell him how I wanted it done. i did not show him the "correct" way to play. I asked him to find the melody with his thumb and find the timing with his finger.
And now he has built his own style of dobro playing. Like Maybelle Carter's guitar work it is beautiful, and simple.
Southern parents have raised a lot of drunken poets over the years. The beautiful, simple, lyrics that they put together can easily be over shadowed by flashy instrumentals and drunks in the audience yelling "play it faster." .
It takes a bit of courage to find your own path the way A.P. Carter did and the way that Chris has.
The path of conformity must be a very easy road, lest we would not have so many people taking that road.
Posted by Steve Edwards