j Donnie "Dobro" Scott, a native of Alexander County, North Carolina, started playing guitar in 1960 when he was 14. Like most young people in the rural South, Donnie listened to the late night radio stations. “I can recall lying in bed, hearing the Stanley Brothers''Rank Stranger' and thinking it was the lonesomest song of fall.” He especially waited for Flatt and Scruggs in hopes of hearing Josh Gravesn the Dobro. During his five years in the Navy and then ten as a truck driver, he heard music from all over the world and every region of the United States. In 1977, he bought his first resophonic guitar and found he had the knack of making it sound good. He was seen at so many bluegrass festivals, he became known as “Donnie Dobro.” This CD, “Generations,” is a family project including his wife Barbara and son Joseph. From the well-honed fiddling of Joe Meadows to the rustic voices in the “Little Church Chorus,” from the old Scots-Irish tradition of “Star of the County Down” up to the present moment, with new songs like the haunting “Leaving Tug Valley,” this CD includes a wide range of material from diverse sources while respecting tradition. Donnie makes the dobro speak with “I'll Be All Smiles Tonight” and “Lovesick Blues,” for hardcore fans of the resophonic guitar.

 Pain in My Heart *   Leaving Tug Valley *   I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight *  Ode to Joy *
 Bluebells of Scotland *   My Destiny *  Cuckoo’s Nest *  Faded Rose *  No One Will Ever Know
 Yesterday I Didn’t Know *  Star of the County Down *  Everyone Has to Answer *  Lovesick Blues

Donnie Scott , Joseph Scott, Barbara Scott, Joe Meadows, Becky Barlow, John Bouldin,
Jim Lloyd, Victoria McMullen, Jeff Michael, Lujean Michael, Tom Mindte, Mark Delaney
Merl Johnson, Steve Kilby, Daniel Knicely, Nate Leath & The “Little Church Chorus”


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Here's what Bluegrass Unlimited had to say about this recording in their December 2001 issue:

Donnie Scott is a maestro of the resonator guitar ... Scott proves to be both an adept musician and serious composer with such entries as the instrumental “The Star Of The County Down” and vocal pieces “Leaving Tug Valley,” “Yesterday I Didn't Know,” and “Everyone Has To Answer.” Lead vocalist Lujean Michael imparts a sincere earthy quality to the proceedings on such numbers as “Stormy Horizons,” “My Destiny,” and others. One particular highlight is Scott's instrumental interpretation of “Ode To Joy” combined with “Bluebells Of Scotland.” While Donnie “Dobro” Scott is primarily a regional artist, the contents of “Generations” should appeal to just about any serious student of the resonator guitar.