On January 23, Belmont University hosted a Curb Seminar showing of “Ballad of the Dreadnought,” a Martin Guitars documentary, and made a special announcement from Martin Guitars for songwriting majors. Belmont songwriting students have been given the opportunity to order any guitar on the Martin Guitars website for half of the original cost. This generous offer and partnership was created in recognition of the rising talent Belmont has in its songwriting program.
The documentary discussed the history of the Dreadnought guitar and how Martin Guitars has continued its reputation for making some of the best instruments in the world. First created by the Oliver Ditson Company for Hawaiian music bands, the Dreadnought eventually started an evolution of bringing guitars from being rhythmic support to the front of the stage. A spark of interest in this guitar was spread throughout the U.S. by American superstars and heroes Gene Autrey, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Since then, artists such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Kurt Kobain have all showed a preference for the Dreadnought, and it continues to be named as one of the most popular instruments in the world.