David Mathis

David Mathis

Co-Owner

David was born in Murfreesboro and has lived most of his life in Tennessee.  His first guitar chords were taught on a Gallagher G-50. In college he played in a bluegrass-folk band.  Life took him in a different direction but guitar was always part of his life. “I (half) jokingly say that James Taylor taught me to play guitar because I fell in love with his style and spent countless hours learning many of his songs.  That’s the guitar playing my kids remember from their childhood.”  

In my new role as co-owner of Gallagher Guitar Co., I will be working to ensure that Gallagher is around long after I’m gone – and I plan to be around a long, long time.  I am committed to ensuring that our guitars are consistently of the highest quality. I also understand that relationships are at the heart of our endeavors. My role will be to support the shop as we build high-quality, custom guitars that are true to the Gallagher family and legacy.

 

Reina Mathis

Reina Mathis

Co-Owner

Reina was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, ended up in Minnesota for high school and college, with a focus on photography and photofinishing, and moved to Tennessee in 1982. Early management skills were obtained in the one hour photo boom of the 80’s. In the early ‘90s she returned to school to become a paralegal and began a career in the legal field, which has been fitting for her organizational skill-set. Reina started out going to the Bluebird Café in Nashville in the ‘80s, and loves live music, especially singer-songwriter events. As a co-owner of Gallagher Guitar Co., Reina joins the team and brings her organization talents, photographic eye and management skills to the company. She will provide oversight and administrative support to ensure that the company and its artistic craftsmen can continue the highest level of quality guitar making, and carry on the tradition of Gallagher Guitars.

 

Daren Gallman

Daren Gallman

Chief Luthier

Born in the Philippines, grew up in Australia, American Citizen.  Attended Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, graduated from Houghton College in western New York with a major in Art, concentrating in woodworking design.  Married to an amazing and intelligent wife, with 6 kids. All amazing and intelligent.

One day my wife told me about a study that was done to a droplet of water, she said they videotaped the droplet while they played different frequencies and tones.  You would think it would vibrate, scatter, or just do something, but the result was very surprising. She noted that it changed into different geometric shapes as the frequencies changed.  I was at once excited thinking about how tone, sound, or vibration affected water! Everything that a human being builds on earth involves geometry, it is innately within us, also note that our bodies are 60% water.  Imagine what a symphony does on a molecular level to our inner cells, it is almost beyond expression, the least we can simply do sometimes to express how music can make us feel at times is through emotion. At this level the difference between sound and shape becomes blurred, when music, or a musical instrument touches us deeply inside, we simply just have that feeling no words can express.  All that is left is vibration and shape. This is how I see my role as luthier, to bring out the most deeply rooted, pleasant vibrant tones from a raw piece of wood, that dive deep into your body on a geometrical molecular level, that excite you in every way possible. Enjoy!

From David Mathis: I knew that it was essential to find the right person to oversee and ensure the quality of Gallagher Guitars.  I kept being directed to Daren as someone with “a unique skill set” and “highly ethical.” Daren has proven both to be true. I have complete confidence in Daren as our chief luthier.

 

Teddy Nabozny

Teddy Nabozny

Teddy Nabozny was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. After working in music retail and teaching guitar lessons for a number of years, Teddy enrolled at the Galloup School of Lutherie, where he completed their masters program in 2016. Shortly after graduating, Teddy moved to Nashville to pursue Lutherie and music. After performing guitar repair for a small local store and building at the Gibson Custom shop, Teddy joined the Gallagher Guitar team.

Austin Derryberry

Austin Derryberry

Austin is an awarded multi-instrumentalist, specializing in the fiddle, guitar, and claw-hammer banjo. He has been featured at the Country Music Hall of Fame and has performed at festivals and workshops throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to being a highly accomplished musician, Austin is also a skilled luthier who often performs with instruments of his own design and making. Austin was part of the inaugural class of the 2017 Tennessee Arts Commission Apprenticeship program, where he studied violin making under Charles Horner. Austin is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he majored in audio production and minored in American music studies. He is a Bedford County native and enjoys preserving the history of the region through his music and craftsmanship.

Rachel Midgley

Rachel is a local Murfreesboro graphic designer and graduate of MTSU. She was born and raised on the plains of Oklahoma, but relocated to middle Tennessee in the early 2000’s. Brought up in a family of musicians, she has a proclivity for instruments and sound. An artist herself, she carries a fondness for the care and consideration that the luthiers at Gallagher Guitar Co. put into every single guitar, each a masterpiece. She is not a stranger to working diligently alongside a team of people with almost 10 years in the service industry in middle Tennessee. Rachel is our graphic designer, social media coordinator, and retail manager at Gallagher Unplugged.