Americana and Finger Style

Live with: Doug Smith and Jerry Douglas and guests

Workshop Description

Americana and Fingerstyle is designed for the intermediate guitarist, whether you’re interested in instrumental guitar or are a singer songwriter looking to improve your guitar skills. For the Americana side, this year we will be treated to getting up close and personal every day with Bluegrass legend Jerry Douglas! For the Fingerstyle side, Grammy-Award winner Doug Smith will explore a range of picking styles, work on solo accompaniment for singing, and arrange melodies for guitar breaks or creating a solo arrangement.

Doug Smith Biography

Grammy Award Winning acoustic guitarist Doug Smith is the winner of the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Competition in 2006, and Billboard Magazine writes, “Inviting melodies…stunning fingerpicking.” Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine raves, “Smith’s fretboard brilliance continues to dazzle.”

His original music has been heard on radio and TV shows throughout the world, including “True Hollywood Story” and “Martha Stewart Living,” and in movies such as “Twister,” “Moll Flanders” and “August Rush.”

Doug Smith is a nationally recognized acoustic guitarist who weaves together folk, classical, jazz and contemporary forms into a unique, flowing fingerpicking style recalling the playing of Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, and Alex de Grassi. He is a terrific teacher and has a passion for introducing beginners to the instrument he loves.

Jerry Douglas Biography

Dobro master and 13-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar: elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. In addition to being widely recognized as the foremost master of the Dobro, Jerry Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording artist whose output incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, blues and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision. He performs extensively with Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Guest Artist: Brent Mason Biography

Brent MasonBrent Mason is one of the most recorded guitarists in history. As well as being a Grammy Award winning artist he is also 14 times winner of the Academy of Country Music, the CMA (being nominated every year since 1991), a NAMMIE winner and for many years has won the annual Music City Allstars Award (the musician that has played on most songs on the radio in respect of the top ten for the entire year).

Brent is predominantly known for his work as a session guitarist, working out of Nashville in a career lasting over 30 years. Not only can he be heard on a high proportion of the country Top 10 at any given time, his playing can also be heard on countless TV commercials, film sound tracks and television scores. His technique and the theoretical approach to his style have been studied extensively from places as diverse as the Berklee College of Music and countless internet forums and online lessons.


Register now for seven spectacular days and nights at Bigfork, Montana’s 4 star Flathead Lake Lodge… for the love of guitar… it could change your life!

Registration Info!

  • Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 2882
    Bigfork, MT 59911
  • Physical Address:
    104 Crestview Dr Suite #105
    Bigfork, MT 59911
  • Phone: 855-855-5900
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