Dobro legend Tut Taylor was born on November 20, 1923. At an early age, he taught himself to play the Dobro using a flatpick, a unusual technique that he still uses to this day. In addition to appearing on some of the best bluegrass and old-time albums of all time (including John Hartford's Aereo-Plain), Taylor has been a luthier, a vintage guitar dealer (Neil Young bought his prized "Hank Williams" Martin D-28 from Taylor) and music historian. Decades before it was popular, Taylor was home taping some of his heroes concerts for posterity on primitive recording equipment.
To accompany our lengthy interview with Taylor in the Fretboard Journal #21 (conducted by Orville Johnson, himself a great Dobro player), we produced this short film about this one-of-a-kind musician.
Filmed by Randall Hill in 2010 exclusively for the FJ.