Georgia born Robert A. “Tut” Taylor started playing the resophonic guitar, or “dobro” as it is commonly known, at the age of 14. Unlike most practitioners of the instrument, he favored a flat pick instead of the usual thumb and finger picks. His unique approach did not hinder his rise in the world of bluegrass, though, and his work with artists including John Hartford, Vassar Clements, Clarence White and Norman Blake is now legendary. Taylor’s 1972 album Friar Tut put him squarely on the acoustic music map and many of the songs on Southern Filibuster: The Songs of Tut Taylor originated on that classic recording.
Through the dedication of fellow dobro master Jerry Douglas, who produced this collection, Southern Filibuster captures the work of bluegrass pioneer Taylor, now in his 80s, and provides a heapin’ helping of some of the best dobro playing out there. Take a journey down south as these red-hot pickers pay tribute to Tut. Check out New Grass Revivalist Curtis Burch on “Black Ridge Ramble,” Grammy nominated Phil Leadbetter on “Acoustic Toothpick,” or Jerry Douglas himself on the opening track. If you love bluegrass and the tone of resophonic guitar, you’ll be glad you made the trip.
Southern Filibuster: The Songs of Tut Taylor is out now on E1 Music.