Craig Dobbins Spotlight

"Just Takin' My Time" from his CD fingerpickin'
TGS Spotlight Player from September 12, 2013

Craig Dobbins is a guitarist, author, and composer. His books, CDs, and DVDs are available worldwide through Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, and Alfred Publications. He has contributed to Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Fingerstyle 360, and Just Jazz Guitar magazines, and writes a regular column for Mister Guitar (the journal of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society). He also writes and publishes the instructional quarterly Acoustic Guitar Workshop and and the digital weekly Lick of the Week.

His CDs Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs and Christmas Time were featured in Acoustic Guitar magazine's Hit List. His compositions have also been recorded by other guitarists, including former Taylor clinician and Winfield Fingerpicking Champion Pat Kirtley ("Through the Tears") and fellow Winfield Fingerpicking Champion, Richard Smith ("That's My Boy").

Craig has performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, shared the stage with noted players such as Tommy Emmanuel, and worked with guitar legends Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Paul Yandell.

Acclaimed guitar maker Kirk Sand has just released the Craig Dobbins Signature Model acoustic/electric nylon string guitar.


"Craig Dobbins does great work - it's a cut above."
- Chet Atkins, c.g.p.

"Craig Dobbins does the best job of presenting fingerstyle guitar of anyone I know."
- Paul Yandell, c.g.p.

"Craig, I'm flattered that you consider my compositions worthy enough to go in your publications. I'm really grateful for that, and if you don't get this quote right, I'm gonna break both your thumbs!"
- Jerry Reed, c.g.p.

"Craig is one of the finest players in the fingerpickin' world today. The fact that he is such a great writer and arranger is a blessing for guitarists everywhere. I am so proud that he plays one of my instruments!"
- Kirk Sand, Sand Guitars

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