Chick keys

I got a gig one time because the former steel player had insulted the star’s masculinity by complaining that he did songs in chick keys, like B and F#

I got a gig one time because the former steel player had insulted the star’s masculinity by complaining that he did songs in chick keys, like B and F#.

Loretta recorded “You Ain’t Woman Enough” in G# and “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’” in C#, although I’ve seen her on the Wilburn Brothers show do them in A and D. But, yeah, he was right, chicks do do songs in funny keys.

It wasn’t a great gig, just a weekly rehearsal and a few showcases, but it was a gig. I didn’t know what the situation was when I showed up the first time, but I approached it like I did all artist gigs – appearing to be awed by the artist’s talent and trying not to be taller than he was, and it worked out OK for quite a while until he actually did get a record deal, but by then I was done with the road and I quit to be a web designer, so then it was hasta la vista, baby, from C#!

Author: Cal Sharp

Nashville pedal steel guitarist for over 30 years. Credits include Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Sovine, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Johnny Russell, George Fox, Vern Gosdin, Del Reeves, Gilley's, the Palomino Club and a few others. Retired from the road, playing sessions and clubs locally. I also develop websites, like this one and other music-related sites. Contact me if you need a website. Email: cal at caligraphics dot net or fill out the contact form. http://www.caligraphicsdesign.com/contact/

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