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Album Review

The steel strings sing on this disc of original songs from the dobro guitar master. Taylor served in John Hartford's Aereo-Plain band, and is joined here by fellow bandmate Norman Blake and mandolinist Sam Bush on a string-bending feast.

Customer Reviews

Cream of the Crop!

This collection is one of Mr. Taylor’s finest works. It was released in the early ‘70’s shortly after his stint with Hartford’s Aero-Plain. Tut is known as “The Flat Pickin’ Dobro Man” in reference to his unique approach to playing the instrument. His joyful musical phrasing and masterful control of the Dobro make this album a “must have” for fans of this genre. Tut is one of the all-time great Dobro players and “Friar Tut” is the cream of the crop.

Two Greats on One Album

Tut Taylor, fine dobro man, plays with Norman Blake, one of the greatest guitarists ever. You'll not hear better.


Born: 1923 in Milledgeville, GA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A musician's musician, Tut Taylor never achieved widespread popularity, but was highly respected and emulated by his peers. He was born in Milledgeville, Georgia and started out playing banjo as a child before learning mandolin. His lifelong passion for the dobro began at age 14, when he heard Brother Bashful Oswald play. After writing to Roy Acuff to learn the name of the instrument, he bought one and taught himself to play it using the same flat-picking style he used on his mandolin. In the early...
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