The idea for Delta Moon’s song “Ghost in My Guitar” came from a Dobro I bought many years ago in a pawnshop in Temple, Texas. Anyone who played that guitar more than ten minutes couldn’t help but start into “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” I used to hand the Dobro to people and wait for it. The song was in that guitar. Who put it there I never knew, though sometimes, when the resonator got to vibrating, I could catch a faint whiff of his tobacco smoke.
There are songs in guitars, and there are songs in our heads, hands and hearts. This video is a tribute to those who put the music there — and not just the famous ones. The guitarists in these pictures range from well known to long forgotten. I can put a name to only about two-thirds of the photos. Who do you recognize?