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Mike Perlowin


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Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 8:50 am     Reply with quote

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Rick Barnhart


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Arizona, USA
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 9:23 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this, Mike. Very sorry to hear of his passing. Stephen was certainly a cantankerous character. We had several good conversations. I'll just say he was kinda opinionated and knew how to push boundaries. I always hoped he'd make amends and come back around one day, but I guess it was not to be.
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Bob Carlucci


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Candor, New York, USA
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 11:48 am     Reply with quote

Really sorry to see this.. steve and I had a many problems getting along , but seemed to reconcile them over the years, and even did some business with one another.

he was a longtime contributor here, and got to know a lot of us. I know he had some health issues last few years .. Rest In Peace my brother in Christ...... bob
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Scott Shipley


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The Ozark Mountains
Post Posted 23 Mar 2017 6:05 pm     Reply with quote

Sure hate to hear this. We butted heads fairly often, but never stopped being friends.
Met right here on the forum years ago.
Rest in peace my brother.
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Hook Moore


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South Charleston,West Virginia
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 1:29 am     Reply with quote

So sorry, my condolences..
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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 4:34 am     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear this!Condolences to Steve's friends and family
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Mike Neer


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NJ
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 9:05 am     Reply with quote

RIP Steve
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Joey Ace


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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 9:53 am     Reply with quote

RIP Steve.
We exchanged many emails, had our issues, but he always treated me with friendly respect.
Steve was quite knowledgeable and I enjoyed our discussions.
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Charley Hill


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South Carolina
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 11:58 am     Reply with quote

Mike,

Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed our recent commentary about Steve.

Steve was a gentle giant. He was a sick man who loved everyone and most of all, a US Army Veteran.

Although he entangled himself into some egregious dialogues on the forum, he was very knowledgeable of music and loved people. Being disabled, I feel as though his sickness propelled his agitation which was manifested on the forum.

Steve truly cared about people. Russ Hicks was his HERO and he loved Mike Bagwell as a brother. He loved Steel Guitar and was more than an average Resophonic Player.

Steve will truly be missed as others who have gone on before him!

RIP STEVE!
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Herb Steiner


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Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 12:14 pm     Reply with quote

Steve had issues that I recognized, but never experienced first-hand. We were friendly and congenial with each other, undoubtedly because he was a Masonic brother to me and to many here in Forumland, whether or not they were aware.

RIP, Brother Gambrell.
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Chuck S. Lettes


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Denver, Colorado
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 3:23 pm     Reply with quote

Sorry to see Steve go. We were friends, and I will miss him. My condolences to his family.
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Edward Rhea


From:
Medford Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 7:22 pm     Reply with quote

Rest In Peace Brother Steve
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Jim Hartley


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Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 8:10 pm     Reply with quote

Very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Like a lot of us, I butted heads with Steve a few times, in fact I looked forward to our friendly confrontations, but I always knew his heart was in the right place.

RIP Steve.
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Brett Day


From:
Pickens, SC
Post Posted 24 Mar 2017 9:41 pm     Reply with quote

When I played at the Southern Steel Guitar Convention, Steve always talked with me, and I think he even played guitar on my sets. He was a great friend and a great musician-steel player and guitarist. RIP Steve. Miss you, buddy
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Tony Prior


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Charlotte NC..
Post Posted 26 Mar 2017 3:34 am     Reply with quote

Steve and I would have long phone conversations about "stuff". We would solve the worlds problems. I think the last time we spoke was probably Nov or early Dec. Typically I would get a call from him or a VM in the early evenings every now and then and we would catch up on life.

I met Steve at a Saluda SC Steel show probably around 2005 . We had been internet and phone friends ever since. He used to tell me that I was his first SGF friend.


For those who didn't know, Steve was a very talented musician, guitar , dobro etc... He was also a very giving man, known to just give an instrument to someone who had less than he did, which was also very little.

He had a very big sharing heart.

I am very sorry to hear of Steve's passing but I also know that he was dealing with some very serious on-going health issues.

Regarding Steve's apparent cantankerous nature, lets be reminded that Steve was living on daily doses of meds which can easily cause our personalities to become erratic. We each have a cantankerous nature of some form. But he loved this forum and loved the members . To some degree, this forum was one way he was able to stay in touch with the world outside of his home.

Rather than discuss his opinions on the forum with me, he would call me. Sure , he had opinions, as do I, but we mostly laughed during our conversations . He really was quite an enjoyable person to speak with. We only met in real life a handful of times.


RIP Steve, gonna miss you.
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Bob Strum


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Seneca, SC
Post Posted 26 Mar 2017 12:55 pm     Steve Reply with quote

We enjoyed doing the Saluda Show many times. The band and players would meet at the Waffle House after the show and hear wild tales of the performers. Some of us would go to a small town in Johnston, SC to a B&B and spend the early hours yaking. Steve had a bunch of stories and I enjoyed Steve. Rest now my friend.
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Roger Rettig


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Post Posted 26 Mar 2017 6:31 pm     Reply with quote

I will miss his contentious posts here on the Forum. I'm sorry that I never got to meet him.
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Ken Fox


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Nashville, GA USA
Post Posted 29 Mar 2017 4:47 am     Reply with quote

Surely will miss our long telephone conversations! A great friend who would give you the shirt off his back! Steve really had a great heart and loved helping others!!
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Alan Brookes


From:
Brummy living in the San Francisco Bay Area
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 3:30 pm     Reply with quote

He wasn't as old as I thought he was.
What did he die of?
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Godfrey Arthur


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Philippines
Post Posted 23 Jun 2017 12:27 am     Reply with quote

Godspeed Steve. I missed the online forum banter but from the tributes above and below, you were an iconoclast.

You're in a better place now.


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Jim Sliff


From:
Lawndale California, USA
Post Posted 27 Jun 2017 4:08 pm     Reply with quote

Oh no.

I'd missed this. I'm stunned. We'd lost touch with changes in our lives the last several years - used to talk on the phone almost every day!

He was one of my main supporters when I switched to B6-tuned Fenders after struggling with E9 pedal steel - and when he had financial problems I gave him my spare. We were like totally different, opposite coast, California rocker and Southern redneck brothers.

I'm really going to miss trying (often in vain!) to decode his Southern accent over the phone. Smile

RIP buddy!
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Bob Poole


From:
Myrtle Beach SC, USA
Post Posted 6 Jul 2017 10:21 am     Steve Reply with quote

Very sorry to learn of his passing.Talked to him pretty often as we had a lot of things in common besides just guitar.
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