The follow-up to the Acclaimed CD
Answer me this....where you can hear Uncle Josh Graves, Mike Grigoni, Michael Dunn, Doug Cox, Mike Lundstrom, Orville Johnson, Steve Dawson, Ivan Rosenberg, Billy Cardine, & Tab Tabscott all on ONE CD???
RESOPHONICS ANONYMOUS THE RELAPSE!!!
$10.00 plus 1.25 postage
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Vashon, WA 98070
Here's what Mike Auldrige says about the follow-up to the first Resophonics Anonymous CD-
This is a collection of some superb resophonic
instrumental music that seems to cover just about all the
bases, from the unmistakable tone of Josh Graves playing
the classic Lily Dale, to players whose styles are influenced
by the music of Brazil, Hawaii, India, and points, or the
hills and mountains, between. These are great players,
some anonymous (for now), and some very well known
among resophonic guitar enthusiasts…all worthy of your
undivided attention and enjoyment.
— Mike Auldridge —
Here's a review of Relapse from The Victory News:
Relapse is a fabulous combination of collabora-
tive pieces featuring resophonic guitars and
dobros, assembled under the guidance of
Seattle’s Orville Johnson (who, just halfway
through 2006, already has “local producer of the
year” locked up!) It is a CD that shows just
how far the reso can go, from the dustiest coun-
try to World music, and Johnson coaxes burn-
ing, aching passions from each performer. The
performers aren’t that “anonymous:” The first
track features The Godfather, Uncle Josh Graves,
himself, sounding tuff as ever on what may,
sadly, prove to be one of his last recordings. He
tears through the traditional “Lilly Dale,” hav-
ing playful exchanges with Vashon Island ec-
centric Tab Tabscott, who’s manning a pedal
steel. Tabscott, who counts slide wizardry as
only one of many, varied talents, is featured on
“Great Speckled Bird.” Another well-known
participant is red hot Mike Grigoni, who has
zoomed from Puget Sound area Bluegrass jams
to national acclaim in the last five years; here
he tries out something a little different called
“Poor Kierkegaard the Kid.” Also appearing are
Doug Cox (Canada’s dobro king), Steve Dawson
(a similarly accomplished neighbor from the
North), Mike Lundstrom, session aces Billy
Cardine and Ivan Rosenberg (who look to the
Near East for inspiration on “The Creptid Don-
key”), and Gypsy Jazz guru Michael Dunn.
Scintillating throughout! (Tom Petersen)
----its mostly accurate, this review, except for
a few points:
Orville didn't coax any performances from anyone. We all recorded our stuff remotely and sent it in to be compiled. I am not eccentric. I'm crazy, according to some, but NOT eccentric. -Tab
Resophonics Anonymous:The Relapse Playlist
1) Lily Dale — Tiny Moore and Billy J. Wills, Acuff Rose Music, Inc./A.R. Songs; Burkett
"Uncle Josh" Graves, Dobro; Tab Tabscott, pedal steel guitar; Dave Elliot, mandolin; Ty Trachsel, bass; Cliff Perry, guitar. (3:16)
2) Poor Kierkegaard the Kid — Mike Grigoni (ASCAP); Mike Grigoni dobros and percussion.(4:35)
3) A Lua do Amazonia — Ray Piper (SOCAN); Orville Johnson, Dobro; Jovino Santos Neto, piano; Mark Ivester, drums; Guil Guimaraes, bass. (5:17)
4) Super Eight — Doug Cox and Todd Butler (SOCAN); Doug Cox, Dobro; Todd Butler, guitar. (3:00)
5) Bachberry — J.S. Bach/D.M. Lundstrom; Mike Lundstrom, resophonic guitar; Mick
Nicholson, bass. (2:50)
6) The Creptid Donkey — Ivan Rosenberg and Billy Cardine (ASCAP), Indidog Records
©2005; Billy Cardine and Ivan Rosenberg, resonator guitars; Dan Bletz, rhythm guitar.
7) Red Sand Serenade — Steve Dawson; Steve Dawson, Weissenborn style Hawaiian guitar, electric and acoustic guitars; Keith Lowe, bass; Chris Gestrin, pump organ; Elliot Polsky; percussion. (3:31)
8) Jaisalmer — traditional/Michael Dunn; Michael Dunn, Kona style Hawaiian guitar; Steve Szabo, rhythm guitar; John Palmer, tablas. (5:30)
9) The Great Speckled Bird — traditional; Tab Tabscott, dobro; Paul Elliot, fiddle; Sharon Messina, bass; Rudy Flautnosa, guitar. (2:48)
About the Resophonics Anonymous members:
Burkett "Uncle Josh" Graves
Burkett "Uncle Josh" Graves has been credited with "singlehandedly rescuing the dobro from oblivion." Anyone who has ever played a guitar on their lap owes a debt of gratitude to this kind gentleman. A member of Flatt and Scruggs seminal bluegrass band, he cracked the elite ranks of the 5-man bluegrass act, and made the world come to love the whine of the dobro.
Lily Dale was recorded at Ironwood Studio, Ballard, Washington. Graves played a Dobro, and Tab Tabscott played a Carter D-10 pedal steel guitar on the recording.
Mike Grigoni is a musician who makes his home in Seattle, Washington. An avid resophonic and lap steel guitarist, Grigoni has performed for several years with singer/songwriter Korby Lenker and the Barbed Wire Cutters. He has also appeared in support of Peter Rowan and Chris Stuart and Backcountry. As a session player, Grigoni's slide work is featured on the recordings of a variety of Northwest artists.
Currently working on his first solo release, Grigoni hopes to have his record available by the spring of 2006. He is also currently pursuing a graduate degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington.
On Poor Kierkegaard the Kid, Grigoni played a Scheerhorn resophonic guitar and a vintage Dobro.
Orville Johnson was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music.
He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician. As his entry in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music (Sasquatch Press 1999) states, he has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the twenty-some years he’s lived there, appearing on over 200 CDs, movie and video soundtracks, commercials, producing 22 CDs for other artists, hosting a roots music radio show, and appearing in the 1997 film Georgia with Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Mare Winningham, on the Prairie Home Companion radio show, and on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. Johnson is also known as a patient and insightful teacher of music and has taught often at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the International Guitar Seminar, Port Townsend Blues Workshop, Sound Acoustic Music Camp, Greater Yellowstone Music Camp, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop and others. He has several teaching videos and DVDs and CDs of his own music available.
On A Lua do Amazonia, Johnson played a 1937 Dobro, Style 45.
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Seattle, WA 98116
Johnson endorses Rayco Resophonics, John Pearse strings, and Highlander pickups.
Doug Cox is a roots music renaissance man. From his home on Vancouver Island the songwriter, slide guitar and dobro player has carved-out an amazingly diverse career as a recording artist and touring musician who has played festivals and concert halls across Canada, the United States and around the world, from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York with the likes of Amos Garrett, Long John Baldry and Chuck Brodsky amongst others. Cox was the first Canadian dobro player to be invited to perform at the prestigious 'Dobrofest' in Slovakia. He has 4 solo CDs available and many other collaborative projects.
Although primarily known as a dobro player, Cox also spends time on the guitar, Weissenborn, National mandolin, and most recently the mohan veena (an Indian slide guitar). With his feet firmly grounded in the traditions of blues and roots music, each project Cox involves himself with leads into new musical directions.
On the tune Super Eight (from the CD release Dobro and Guitar) Cox played an OMI Dobro.
Cox appears courtesy of Northern Blues Records. He now endorses Rayco Resophonics (Canada), Gadgie Resophonic Guitars (England), and Weissenborn guitars made by Celtic Cross Instruments (Canada).
Blues, swing, jazz, and folk musician Mike Lundstrom began performing as a singer/
songwriter/guitarist while in his early teens. At seventeen he spent most of a year busking in Europe, then returned to the United States, enrolled in college, and began performing at coffeehouse venues in the midwest and southwest, as time permitted. At age 21 he went on the road as an itinerant musician, performing six nights a week.
The music became an avocation when Lundstrom began a 25-year career in
Fifteen years ago he was forced to abandon the guitar because of an extreme case of
tendinitis in his left wrist. He took up the dobro, and music once more became his primary interest. North Central Washington audiences have been familiar with Lundstrom’s music for more than a decade. He has appeared at numerous NCW music festivals and venues, primarily in collaboration with fingerstyle guitarist Rolf Vegdahl. Lundstrom has also participated in several recording projects.
Bachberry was recorded at the Garey Shelton Studio in Seattle, Washington. For the
recording, Lundstrom played a metal 7-string tri-cone lap guitar built by John Morton. Mick Nicholson played Hammond-Ashley 5-string acoustic bass (serial #3, circa late 1960's).
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Lundstrom endorses John Pearse strings; resophonic guitars built by John Morton, Port Townsend, Washington; and resophonic guitars built by Manfred Pietrzok (Manzanita Guitars), Rosdorf, Germany.
Originally from Virginia and now living in Weaverville, North Carolina, Billy Cardine is best known for his resonator guitar playing and songwriting in The Biscuit Burners, a 2004 IBMA Official Showcase band. Their debut CD, Fiery Mountain Music, was chosen by the Chicago Tribune as one of the top ten bluegrass albums of 2004, and their follow-up CD, A Mountain Apart, is scheduled for release in late 2005.
Cardine has also released a solo CD, Organically Grown, and is working on a CD of guitar/dobro duets with the Biscuit Burners' Dan Bletz. Also, Cardine and Ivan Rosenberg are planning to record a full-length CD together sometime in 2006. The above-mentioned CDs are all engineered, mixed, and mastered by Cardine at Indidog Studio.
At home in bluegrass, new acoustic, country, jazz, reggae, and Indian genres, Cardine will be packing up his Chaturangui (Indian slide guitar with drone and sympathetic strings) and heading for Calcutta, India to study with legendary slide guru Debashish Bhattacharya for a month and a half in the winter of 2005.
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Cardine endorses Scheerhorn resonator guitars and John Pearse strings.
Originally from Greenbrae, California and now living in Weaverville, North Carolina (in Billy Cardine’s basement), Ivan Rosenberg has performed with bands such as Steel String Theory, Hit and Run Bluegrass, and Chris Stuart and Backcountry. He has released three acclaimed CDs of original instrumentals—The Lost Coast, Back to the Pasture, and Ashes and Coals—and recent session work includes CDs by Julie Elkins, Larry Gangi, Jake Schepps, and Slow Drag. Also, Rosenberg and Mike Grigoni will be releasing a CD of dobro duets sometime in 2006.
Rosenberg has taught dobro at the Sore Fingers Week bluegrass workshop in the United Kingdom (2004), the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop in Canada (2003-2005), and the California Bluegrass Association music camp in California (2004, 2005). He also conducts dobro seminars around the U.S. and recently released his first instructional DVD.
Rosenberg’s original music has appeared in several film and television scores, including HBO's Making Deadwood: The Show Behind the Show (2004) and the Warner Brothers film Kangaroo Jack (2003).
On "The Creptid Donkey," Rosenberg played a 2005 blue maple Clinesmith resonator guitar (panned left) and Cardine played a 2002 koa Scheerhorn L-body resonator guitar (panned right). The recording was engineered by Cardine at Indidog Studio in Weaverville, NC.
Rosenberg endorses Clinesmith and Rayco resonator guitars, Bobby Poff straps, EG Smith steels, and J. Romero banjos.
Steve Dawson is based out of Vancouver, BC, from where he has been recording, producing and performing with one of his many groups. In the last ten years, he has released three albums with the eclectic instrumental group, Zubot and Dawson, and two albums with his avant-folk-chamber group, The Great Uncles of the Revolution. He has also released two solo albums, the most recent of which is entitled "We Belong to the Gold Coast." Other recent projects have included recording soundtracks, and contributions of music to shows like "The Chris Isaac Show" and "Marine Life." Dawson has also contributed to recordings and performances with artists such as Kelly Joe Phelps, Jim Byrnes and Jenny Whiteley.
On Red Sand Serenade Dawson plays a Celtic Cross Weissenborn style guitar.
Black Hen Music
Box 74661, Kitsilano
Canada V6K 4P4
Michael Dunn has been a luthier for forty years. Trained as a Classical and Flamenco guitar maker in Spain in the late ‘60s, he has eventually specialized in Gypsy guitars of the Maccaferri and Selmer styles. He has also built numerous other types of guitars including Weissenborn models, Knutsen models, and has just recently completed his first dobro guitar.
Dunn studied Hawaiian guitar under Bob Brozman and appears on several of Bob's CDs as well several other CDs including his own Djali to Django with Don Ogilvie, a musical partner for over 30 years. His present band, the Hot Club of Mars, has just recorded its first CD, Gypsy Fire.
Dunn has taught courses in Djangology at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, International Guitar Seminars, British Columbia Swing Workshop, and the Moveable Music School in Vancouver. He has also taught Hawaiian guitar at these schools. He has published an instructional DVD (Mel Bay) called Django's Rhythm. Django’s Rhythm is designed to de-mystify the rhythm component of Gypsy Jazz.
On Jaisalmer, an adaptation of a Rajasthani folksong, Dunn plays a Kona style Hawaiian guitar of his own making and Steve Szabo plays a Dunn Stardust model Gypsy guitar.
Information on Dunn's work can be found at:
708 3rd Avenue
New Westminster BC
Canada, V3M 1N7
The Hot Club of Mars
Normal, rational thinking confuses Tab Tabscott. He's been watching the world from his catbird seat all his life. An enigma wrapped in a conundrum, Tab has played the dobro and pedal steel guitars for more than 30 years, always with extreme conviction and formidable authority.
The son of a preacher man, Tabscott has lived a number of careers, from disc jockey to septic tank engineer to the highly secretive think tank of Microsoft Research. He's played with everyone from Peter Rowan to Michelle Shocked to Hulk Hogan, and counts among his friends most members of the World Wrestling Federation. He's now part of the Federal Witness Protection Program, hiding out on Vashon Island, Washington. He and his wife Polly have two kids and a construction business.
The Great Speckled Bird Recorded @ Lion Dog Music, Seattle, Washington. Tabscott played a 1977 RQ Jones on the recording.
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Tabscott uses a 1977 RQ Jones dobro exclusively, a Carter D-10 pedal steel along with
D'Addario strings, Golden Gate thumbpicks, Peavey Amps, BJS bars, and Hilton Volume pedals.
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