Doug Dillard with his Gibson Granada and his Dogwood Designs strap. Doug's strap is English tooling leather lined with deer-tanned cowhide. The tooling is a faithful replica of the inlay pattern on Doug's Granada.
Doug is best known as the banjo player for "the Darlin's" (a.k.a. "The Dillards") from televisions' The Andy Griffith Show. Doug has done extensive solo studio work (both records and TV) and toured worldwide with The Dillards. He & his brother, Rodney, did a lot of the music on the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway. Doug is currently performing as the Doug Dillard Band. He was a pioneer in getting the banjo airplay in progressive and traditional bluegrass and the country/rock genre as well as in the national television spotlight. Doug is a gem; his stories and escapades in the West Coast scene of the 60's and 70's are worth the price of admission alone. Doug toured not only with the Dillards, but also with many rock and country-rock notables such as Grahm Parsons, Gene Clark, John Hartford, Clarence White and others. He was featured in Banjo Newsletter magazine, June 1981 and March-April 1996.
There was an opportunity on the Andy Griffith show for the right group to play a musically inclined backwoods mountain family. They were signed immediately as semi regular cast members and came to be known as "The Darlin Boys" on The Andy Griffith Show. Whenever possible, Andy Griffith allowed and encouraged The Dillards to perform their own material on the show. They performed in many key episodes in the show and helped to introduce the urban American television audience to this special brand of mountain music that The Dillards grew up with. With their high energy, musical talent and special delivery they brought bluegrass music and mountain culture to the American television masses. The Dillards did many guest spots on other classic shows such as "The Judy Garland Special", "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Special" and more, gathering really great reviews, and (also creating some incredible live recordings) after playing "The Newport Folk Festival" (which was released in 1992 as Bluegrass Breakdown-Newport Folk) on Vanguard Records, at the Festival they shared the stage with Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers and a lot of other really classic bluegrass musicians. They also performed to extremely responsive crowds at "The Monterey Folk Festival", "The UCLA Folk Festival", and "New York's Folk Festival." The Dillards during this time toured with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Carl Perkins and many others. On their tour to the UK they received The Edison Award in England for their excellence in music. Around that same time Jim Dickson asked the Dillards to work with him on an instrumental project with Glen Campbell featured on 12 string guitar and Tut Taylor. The group was to be called "The Folkswingers" and they recorded folk and bluegrass songs for two albums released on (The Folkswingers - 12 String Guitar Volume 1 and Volume Two - on the World Pacific Label). They also did another special project with Dickson and The Byrds called "Various Artists-Early LA-Archive Series-Volume Four" which was released on Together Records.
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