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Charley Hill


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 9:53 am     Reply with quote

While in Nashville, I met a man at a Vegetarian Restaurant, the "WILD COW". He was talking on an antiquated flipphone and mentioned something about pedal steel guitar to whomever he was talking to....it got my attention and peaked my interest in his conversation.



After he got off the phone, I asked him what he knew about pedal steel guitar. For the next two days, he told me everything I ever wanted to know about the history and events of the pedal steel guitar. I listened intently as he described about coming to town around 1956 and recorded with everyone who had been anyone in town for 40 years. I settled in for the next couple of days with what I call, "The Wizard of Nashville. He told me everything I ever wanted to know about Steel Guitar and the happenings of Nashville during that time. A virtuoso of words so to speak. Nothing I asked he couldn't tell me an answer to. It was Wizardry of sorts.




I said, "Hey man, you are pretty crafty with vocabulary". His reply, "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible magic".

That evening, we went to W. Nashville at a place called, "The Country Nashville". Everyone knew him. We met Chris Scruggs, Jared Manzo, Wesley, Cousin Kenny Vaughn, and Pete Finney. Who in my opinion is one of the great historians of the Steel Guitar. Not to mention, a fabulous steel player himself. Pete Finney was an incredible source and wealth of knowledge. But not so much as the man whom I had met at the "Wild Cow".



That night, we found ourselves at another wonderful venue of music. 3rd and Lindsley. We were met by such greats of the steel guitar, Robby Turner, Bruce Bouton and Paul Franklin, Jr. We sat at the table and were entertained by Paul Franklin and the Time Jumpers.
















That night, I drove this man back home and we chatted in his driveway and shared stories. Mine were about international travel and fighting a war of global terrorism. His, were about about recording hit records with the most famous singers.

I said to him, "Sorry, but whats your name again"? ..........His reply, "Green.....Lloyd Green"
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Tommy White


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 10:08 am     Reply with quote

Pedal steel guitar royalty right there Charlie!😀

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Edward Rhea


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 10:09 am     Reply with quote

COOLEST THREAD EVER!! Cool
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Charley Hill


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 10:22 am     Reply with quote

Tommy White wrote:
Pedal steel guitar royalty right there Charlie!😀


The only person that was missing was you, Tommy.
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Jeff Garden


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Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, USA
Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 11:30 am     Reply with quote

What a cool story and great experience, Charley. That was really nice of Lloyd to include you in so much and show you around. How long ago was this?
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Charley Hill


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 11:47 am     Reply with quote

2 days ago Winking
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Erv Niehaus


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 11:51 am     Reply with quote

Wow!, what an experience. Whoa!
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Mark Eaton


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 12:05 pm     Reply with quote

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I said to him, "Sorry, but whats your name again"? ..........Green.....Lloyd Green


Great post - and as far as the ending, we'll allow for a little "artistic license" here. Wink
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Chris Templeton


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 12:30 pm     Reply with quote

Thank you for posting, Charlie.
Tommy is someone I consider steel guitar royalty too, for obvious reasons.
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John De Maille


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 5:34 pm     Reply with quote

I think, that, I could die a happy man after that!
What an experience!!!!
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Doug Earnest


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 6:17 pm     Reply with quote

Llong Llive Lloyd!
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Tim Russell


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Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 7:57 pm     Reply with quote

Not sure what to add, except that Lloyd has great taste in bikes...
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Larry Jamieson


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Post Posted 20 Apr 2017 4:04 pm     Reply with quote

A big thumbs up and a punch on the LIKE button. What a great experience. I didn't know Lloyd was a biker.
Thanks for sharing.
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Ronald Sikes


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Corsicana, Tx
Post Posted 20 Apr 2017 6:54 pm     Reply with quote

That's cool 😎 Charlie. Sort of reminds me of " The Ride " by David Alan Coe". Nice story. You're living the dream and enjoying life. Good for you.
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Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 1:35 am     Reply with quote

This could be the coolest post ever on the Forum!
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Hook Moore


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 2:15 am     Reply with quote

Very cool Charley !
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Bill Ferguson


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 3:09 am     Reply with quote

Hey Charlie,
I think you made it sound like this was the first time you had met Lloyd and the others.

Now fess up!

The Charlie Hill I know, knows every steel player there is out there and makes special trips to hear them all play.
Even peons like me.
Plus you are quick with compliments.

Love ya pal
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Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 4:38 am     Reply with quote

Yeah, you did say "I met a man..." but you didn't say when.
""Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible magic"." What a gas to be talking with this guy. No false modesty here.
I would have asked him about his psychological studies, right before he moved to Nashville.

Thanks for the photos!
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Frank Freniere


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 4:57 am     Reply with quote

Great story, great photos - thanks Charley!!
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Paul Wade


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 5:20 am     Reply with quote

wow you made my day charley Very Happy Whoa! Whoa! just to be in the same room with the greats.

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Charley Hill


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Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 4:40 am     Reply with quote

Bill Ferguson wrote:
Hey Charlie,
I think you made it sound like this was the first time you had met Lloyd and the others.

Now fess up!

The Charlie Hill I know, knows every steel player there is out there and makes special trips to hear them all play.
Even peons like me.
Plus you are quick with compliments.

Love ya pal


And, I know you too, Bill

After returning from Iraq, and in between surgeries and not gigging, I do extend out to visit with my heroes.

Bruce Bouton, who played with Ricky Skaggs had the incredulous effect on me back in the 80's along with Scotty Sanders who played with the Hinson's.

Lloyd and I have been good friends for nearly 30 years, though. The story was depicted in a fictional sense of sorts with a pictorial illustration.

Your contributions of the Youtube video's have helped more steel players such as myself more than you will ever know. When I practice, I always warm up to the video's on your channel.

Thank you for your friendship and support Bill!
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Louie Kirkpatrick


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Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 7:53 pm     Reply with quote

Just turned "Green" with envy. Mr. Green
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Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 9:34 am     Reply with quote

Very cool story and photos . . I like the look Vince Gill was giving you when you took that photo! Very Happy
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 9:52 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for playing on "Sweetheart" Lloyd. My introduction to the Pedal Steel Guitar.
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