Grammy Award Winning Dobro Player
Born in Montgomery Alabama, Curtis Burch learned to play guitar at the age of 10 through the instruction of his father. Growing up, they had a family band that included his brother, Ricky. As a teen, Curtis sat in with the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds & the Osborne Brothers.
Burch joined and left the Bluegrass Alliance in 1971 to form New Grass Revival with band mates Sam Bush, Courtney Johnson and Ebo Walker. Moving to the area near Sam Bush’s hometown of Bowling Green, KY, New Grass Revival added John Cowan on bass and vocals in 1974.
Curtis stayed with New Grass for 10 years, releasing six albums and touring worldwide with many notable performers including Leon Russell, John Hartford, Buddy Emmons, Vassar Clements, Chuch Cochran, Garth Fundis, Rich Adler, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, John Starling with Lowell George and Bill Payne of Little Feat, Tut Taylor, Norman and Nancy Blake, and Kenny Malone. New Grass Revival is recognized for originating the genre known worldwide as Newgrass music.
In 1993, Jerry Douglas and Tut Taylor produced The Great Dobro Sessions featuring Douglas, Taylor, Mike Aldridge, Josh Graves, Rob Icks, Oswald Kirby, Stacy Phillips, Sally Van Meter, Gene Wooten and Curtis Burch. The recording won a Grammy in 1995 and also won “Best Instrumental Recording” and “Event of the Year” at the 1995 IBMA in Louisville, KY.
Also in 1995, Burch and Tut Taylor were invited to the Dobro Fest in Slovakia. Curtis returned in 1997 to be awarded the “John Doprera Award for Achievement and Excellence in the Art of Dobro Playing.”
In 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005 and 2006, Burch worked as an instructor at Steve Kaufman’s guitar camp at Maryville College in Tennessee, as well as at the 2005 Rocky Grass Academy in Lyons, Colorado.
Curtis recorded with Norman Blake on the sound track for the movie O’ Brother Where Art Thou?, which won 5 Grammys.