And then this morning I read the obit of a guy named Mike Auldridge. The Times described him as:
...a guitarist who became one of the most distinctive dobro players in the history of country and bluegrass music...
And I thought, what the heck is a "dobro?"
A resophonic (or resonating) acoustic guitar, the dobro produces sound by means of one or more spun metal cones instead of a wooden sound board. (The instrument’s name is a contraction of Dopera and brothers. Dopera was the surname of the Slovak-American brothers who patented an early version of the instrument in 1928.)
Huh. You learn something new every day. (So that's what Knopfler was playing.)
Here's Auldridge on the dobro: