The dobro is sometimes seen as “optional” in bluegrass band lineups, but that reputation can obscure the fact that it is an awesome instrument with many champions. From bluegrass music’s inception, the dobro has been a driving force thanks to early virtuosos like Josh Graves and Bashful Brother Oswald—who arguably helped shape bluegrass as much as Earl Scruggs, Clarence White, and Bill Monroe did for their instruments. Nowadays, modern masters like Sally van Meter, Mike Witcher, and of course Jerry Douglas have slid the dobro into progressive bluegrass bands with ease. Enjoy this playlist of the masters of the dobro!
David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.