More luthiers on TV

Crafters Of TennesseeLast month we told you about a PodCast on UNC-TV that provided a glimpse of the work that goes into making a fiddle.

Now we learn of another instance where television has highlighted the craftsmanship associated with the building of musical instruments. In this latest view of the life of luthiers Nashville Public Television visited Crafters of Tennessee at their workshops in Old Hickory. What they found there was aired in a recent Tennessee Crossroads programme.

Crafters of Tennessee is run by Mark Taylor, legendary resonator guitarist Robert ‘Tut’ Taylor’s son.

I asked Mark about the programme …..

“Tennessee Crossroads TV show contacted me a few years back and heard of my building musical instruments here in Tennessee. They approached me about doing a story on me. They came and filmed about 5 hours, and then aired the TV show. It has enlightened many people of our existence, since I have building for almost 40 years. They just recently re-aired the show this past week, and I also have that TV show on YouTube.”

The Crafters of Tennessee website has a product listing, picture gallery and a history page among its features. They build a variety of banjos, resophonic guitars, guitars and mandolins.

My thanks to Sharon Collie Smith for bringing this to our attention.

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About the Author

Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.