Mike Witcher

Whenever I introduce Michael on stage I like to mention the full name of his hometown: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula. Otherwise known as LA.

As we say in Southern California, that’s so Michael—a lot beneath the surface, playful, cool, and deeply rooted. He grew up the youngest of five siblings (including a twin brother) in a musical and artistic family in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and began playing the resonator guitar at the age of fourteen. Influenced by the many styles of music he heard at home, he was soon playing with father Dennis and brother Gabe (who currently plays in the Punch Brothers) in the legendary SoCal-based bluegrass band The Witcher Brothers.

Now a much-in-demand session player in LA and Nashville, Michael has worked with such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Peter Rowan, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Laurie Lewis, John Paul Jones (bassist of Led Zeppelin), Joan Osborn, The Gibson Brothers, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), and Fernando Ortega among others. He has played the Grand Ole Opry and Prairie Home Companion many times and you can hear him on hundreds of records, sound tracks, commercials and tv shows.
Michael is a gifted and caring teacher. Over the last 15 years he has developed an effective method of teaching the resonator guitar, one that allows the student to integrate complex concepts quickly into his or her playing. I’ve heard from those students about how valuable and fun his classes are. He has written two instructional books (Resonator Guitar— Tunes Techniques and Practice Skills, which has become a standard, and the recently released Resonator Guitar—20 Bluegrass Jam Favorites), and teaches at the top acoustic music camps around the world, including Rob Ickes’ Reso Summit.

But what sets Michael apart (and why he has such an impressive resume) is his sound. He has achingly gorgeous tone, dead-on intonation, and ideas and breaks that make you feel that thing deep in your gut when the music is just right. Every time I hear Michael play I hear something new, jaw-droppingly creative and tasteful. He is, simply put, one of the best resonator guitar players in the world.

So, get to know him: take a lesson, get one of his instruction books, listen to a recording, go see a band he’s playing with at a festival. A membership available on his website is the best and easiest way to do this. The reso world of Michael Witcher is a world worth hanging out in.

Ivan Rosenberg

Now living in Toronto, Ontario, Ivan Rosenberg was a university instructor before becoming a full-time musician, and he is well known for his enjoyable, efficient, and systematic Dobro instruction method. Ivan has taught at music camps over 60 times, including several appearances at Rob Ickes' ResoSummit, Walker Creek Music Camp in California, Old School Bluegrass Camp in Ontario, Sore Fingers Week in England, Acoustic Music Camp in Texas, and most other notable acoustic music camps.

Ivan has released six solo albums, and his original Dobro music has appeared in the background of over 450 television programs and films including The Daily Show, Oprah, Call of the Wildman, History Detectives, the Special Edition DVD of Serenity, and the Hollywood blockbuster Kangaroo Jack. Ivan earned an IBMA Award for co-writing the 2009 Song of the Year; played Dobro on the CD Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor (produced by Grammy winner and Dobro legend Jerry Douglas); and performed with Chris Coole, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, the April Verch Bigger Band, Lizzy Hoyt, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, and many more.

Abbie Gardner

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile toured with Americana darlings Red Molly for eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is having a blast doing gigs with different bands, backing up her friends and stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs!  No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs.  Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie.  Her first songbook was published in December 2016 and she’s looking forward to releasing a new solo CD in Jan 2018.

Brandon Bostic

Playing guitar and singing harmony with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike brought the Milton, Florida native to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2007. Since that time, Brandon has found himself working alongside some of bluegrass, country and Americana music’s top musicians and entertainers. Currently, Brandon can be seen performing with country music superstar and Grammy winner, Patty Loveless (with whom Brandon made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2015); contemporary bluegrass favorites, Blue Moon Rising; Appalachian-American media personalities, The Darrell Brothers; and Nashville-based acoustic country “supergroup,” The Likely Culprits. In addition to his work as a touring musician, Brandon also produces, engineers, and performs on records for artists from all over the world.


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