Stoned To Death


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American primitivism in Eastern Europe? One of the earliest connection might be the Dobro guitar, known a brand that built acoustic guitars with a metal resonator to amplify the sounds.

The name originated in 1928 when the Dopyera brothers, John and Emil (Ed), formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company. Dobro is both a contraction of "Dopyera brothers" and a word meaning 'good' in their native Slovak. An early company motto was "Dobro means good in any language." -- Wikipedia

And then there is the guitar duo consisting of Jakub Šimanský and Tomáš Niesner who just released their debut LP "Tance neznámé" on the Czech Stonded to Death label.

For many who got sucked into the vortex of solo acoustic guitar music, the appearance of Daniel Bachman around 2011, was the entry into a musical world that lead to discover legends like Jack Rose, John Fahey and Robbie Basho. Bachman was a young guy who showed that it's still possible to travel the world with an acoustic guitar if you have stories to tell and some mind-boggling picking skills that leaves everybody mouth open.