San Diego, CA -- Steve Toth, internationally known dobro player and author of several popular dobro instruction books, has announced the release of his new book DOBRO ROOTS - A Photo Tour of Prewar Wood Body Dobros with a Foreword by Jerry Douglas. It is a photo history of the Dobro Guitars produced from 1929 to 1941 that gave birth to the dobro/resonator guitars that are so popular in Bluegrass and many other forms of music today.
This is the first and most definitive book of its kind devoted solely to the history and the instruments of the initial period of Dobro production by the Dopyera Brothers. It is a full color, hard cover book with over 200 pages and includes a CD with 15 tunes played on 15 different prewar Dobros. It includes high quality, original photos of actual instruments representing almost every model made in that period and they are presented in approximate chronological order. The book is published by Centerstream/Hal Leonard Publishing and is available at Elderly instruments, Amazon.com and other music and book retailers throughout the world.
Here are some comments on the book by some experts in the music industry:
- Jerry Douglas
- “Steve has been faithful to the Dopyeras at every turn and so, to us as lovers of this wonderful instrument. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do. This is the Dobro wish book! Dobro Roots will undoubtedly be the go-to book for everyone interested in these amazing instruments for many years to come.”
- George Gruhn
- "Steve Toth has assembled the finest selection of photos and most extensive and systematic presentation of information regarding historically interesting pre World War II wood body Dobro brand instruments I have encountered. I strongly urge anyone who is interested in these important and unique sounding instruments to get a copy of this book."
- Tut Taylor
- "Hi Steve……… I was surprised and pleased when you sent the Dobro photos and draft of your book. At first I just thought “well just another book about Dobros”. Man was I mistaken! The photos were very good especially the details. Having collected Dobros for 50 years I was amazed. I have owned at one time most of the models. This is a great book and I am glad that you had the energy to do it. It will add much to the ongoing love of this very wonderful instrument. Thank you Steve for your untiring efforts.”
- Paul Beard
- "I highly recommend this pictorial reference to anyone who has ever heard the beautifully complex voice of
the resonator guitar. This is a must have for the collector, player, builder or enthusiast."