01/10/2022

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Rob Ickes and Jerry Douglas talk 2022 ResoSummit Slide Fest

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Rob Ickes and Jerry Douglas talk 2022 ResoSummit Slide Fest

Dobro master Rob Ickes has operate the once-a-year ResoSummit in Nashville this past 13 many years, with aid from Betty Wheeler, which highlighted instruction and demonstration for students of the instrument. With Betty possessing retired from her association, Rob has entered into a partnership with Danny Heaps of Dreamcatcher Events, and they have renamed the gathering ResoSummit Slide Fest. It is scheduled for November 3-6 in Nashville.

Heaps has practical experience internet hosting educational camps, handling a number of for guitarists like Andy McKee, Paul Gilbert, and Robert Fripp, as well as a preferred songwriting camp for Rodney Crowell. Rob and Danny met at a camp he was keeping for Tommy Emmanuel past year.

Ickes claims the partnership occurred easily.

“This year they known as about possessing me and Trey back at Tommy’s camp, which was really close to ResoSummit, and Betty actually sorted necessary a break, so now we’ve teamed up with Danny. He is my new co-producer. Dreamcatcher delivers a good deal of advertising methods, and they have labored the Scarritt Bennet Centre in Nashville ahead of, where by we have held ResoSummitt.”

Rob claims that he loves this location, partly for the reason that it is just down the street from Compass Documents, so the whole course can walk down to the studio for a recording workshop a person day for the duration of the camp. As well as it has an auditorium that can seat about 200 individuals.

He is really enthusiastic about the faculty for 2022, which involves fellow reso maestro Jerry Douglas.

“Jerry will be associated on Sunday, and then carrying out a live performance Sunday night time. We also have Greg Booth, Billy Cardine, Abbie Gardner, Jimmy Heffernan, Jay Starling, and Josh Swift. A few of the prime luthiers in the earth of reso-guitar will also be on hand – Tim Scheerhorn, Paul Beard, and Byrl Murdock – doing set ups and exhibiting our learners how to do their have. They will also talk about woods, bone, pickups, and so on.

We also just confirmed this guy, Bobby Ingano, who I fulfilled by Taj Mahal. The most important dude in Hawaiian lap steel masters – he’s just been blowing my head. I have been taking part in forever and he’s demonstrating me new things. I hardly ever genuinely went down the Hawaiian road, but he’s been showing me so significantly amazing audio. I guess I by no means experienced listened to the appropriate men.

Bobby is like the Tony Rice of Hawaiian tunes.”

Douglas shared a bit about his participation, and how Hawaiian songs aided introduce the dobro to the relaxation of the globe.

“The Hawaiian new music turned popular in the US in the mid-’50s due to the fact they ended up about to grow to be a point out, and there was a Hawaiian exhibition at the worlds fair one particular year. It turned a all over the world sensation.

The Dopera brothers favored louder songs and they had arrive in with the resonator in the 1920s, and that’s wherever we came from.

I’m just going to test to be me, get with Rob, and find out what they’ve been performing. I want to make it enjoyable, entertaining, and make them want to enjoy like we do. The total matter is about inspiration. Me and Rob each believed the guitars appeared amazing, but it is the sound. As soon as you hear it, you really don’t want to enjoy everything else, or listen to something else.

The fingerboard is all math, and the reso is a extremely intuitive instrument.”

If you’ve ever talked about tunes with Douglas, you’ll know it can get very esoteric, but all in excellent entertaining.

“I hear that some instruments have frets. They put a finger down and they get a notice. We have 1 massive metal finger.

It will get deep quickly, but I usually try out and think like I’m a singer. You have to sing with the instrument. It’s challenging to do, and it’s not develop into any a lot easier the more mature that I’ve obtained.”

Rob then piped in with a snicker, “I often explain to people it normally takes a genius!”

Jerry reminisced a bit about understanding to engage in as a teenager.

“It’s awesome to go in to ResoSummit and see so quite a few dobro gamers. I went quite a few yrs when I could only come across just one or two other gamers. I could pay attention to Josh Graves, and possibly one particular other man.

And it was just as tricky to uncover a guitar to participate in again then. I believed as a kid that I would have to acquire a new a single, simply because it was like a needle in a haystack to discover a utilized 1. People barely even knew what they were. My to start with was a fauxbro. It experienced a deal with plate, but no cone. I don’t forget sitting in my parents vehicle enjoying it, and I imagined I sounded just like Josh sitting down in the back again seat.

There was no feeling in throwing a dobro bash, mainly because no one’s coming. Don’t go to Costco and acquire the deli platter!”

Contemplating about what he can share with the learners this yr, Douglas ruminated a bit on how his earliest classes have trapped with him.

“I get to do some rather amazing things, and it all can help. We take what we can from each individual instrument. When I ran out of dobro players to listen to, I began listening to sax players. There was this old fiddle my dad performed with, and he saved earning me understand the melody to all those people fiddle tunes ahead of I could improvise. ‘You’re not finished still!’ he would say. These guys experienced so a great deal patience with me… I was like 10.

You have to start out someplace, and the melody is the excellent location.”

In addition to the instructors, guitarists Trey Hensley and Chris Eldridge will also be on hand supporting the slidesters.

Total information, which includes registration info, can be uncovered at the ResoSummit Slide Fest net internet site.

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