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Steel Guitar Insanity – the book!

Steel Guitar Insanity - the book!
Big news, boys and girls. I took all the posts from this blog, plus the various music articles I’ve written over the years, arranged them into some semblance of order, and produced an ebook, available at Smashwords, Amazon and other fine book stores.

The worst guy with a guitar I ever worked with

The bass player, who was just subbing and didn’t know what to expect, called “Mama Tried” and waited for the intro. The guy with the guitar just looked him like a cow looking at a new gate. “I don’t know it,” he said, and the bass player began to suspect that he was in for ...

Peter Cooper on Buddy Emmons

Peter Cooper on Buddy Emmons
In June of 1955, the best band in country music belonged to one James Cecil Dickens, better known then and now as Little Jimmy Dickens. On the first day of July 1955, that band got better, thanks to the addition of an 18-year-old, Midwest-reared hotshot pedal steel guitar player named Buddy Emmons. Dickens found Emmons ...

Lost at sea

Lost at sea

Steel Guitar Stomp Boxes

Steel Guitar Stomp Boxes

Overheard on the bandstand…

when it’s time to pick and the steel guitar player hasn’t arrived yet. “Hell, I coulda hired Buddy Emmons not to show up.”

How much did I give you, man?

If you play big time gigs, like “The Tonight Show” or the Opry or union sessions or with an artist who has, or ever had, some hits you probably get paid with a check, and you might even have direct deposit. But when you’re playing a club or a little beer joint you typically get ...

It’s All About Me 1

It's All About Me
Actually, it’s not all about you unless you’re: 1. A featured instrumentalist at a steel guitar show or similar function. 2. Recording your own album. 3. The World’s Foremost Steel Guitarist and half the people at the show are there to see you back up Johnny Bush or Darrell McCall. Little Jimmy Dickens taught me ...

Steel Guitar Christmas Gifts

Steel Guitar Christmas Gifts
Some pretty cool stuff at Sharp Covers Nashville.