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Adam Tracksler


From:
Maine, USA
Post Posted 1 Feb 2017 5:00 am     Reply with quote

Reading through Andy Volk's "Lap Steel Guitar" book, I discovered Freddie Roulette. I went to YouTube to hear some of his playing, and found smoked fish https://youtu.be/1CGYDU_W5bo

I really liked it, any other steelers you mighty recommend playing funkified lap or pedal steel? (Yes I know about Robert Randolph)

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Michael Lee Allen


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Des Plaines Illinois just NW of ChIraq
Post Posted 1 Feb 2017 8:41 am     Reply with quote

Glenn Ross Campbell (Juicy Lucy), Floyd Smith, Gene Phillips, Chuck Berry (yes, several instrumentals plus backup on the vocal "Run Around"), Sonny Rhodes, L C Robinson, Hop Wilson, Chuck Caldwell out of Lawton OK if you can find his rare LP or the CD reissue. And the funkiest of the "Sacred Steelers"...Bishop Lorenzo Harrison, Calvin Cooke, and Henry Nelson.
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Ethan Shaw


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 3 Feb 2017 10:28 am     Reply with quote

You might enjoy this... https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brothershaw
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Mike Daly


From:
Tennessee
Post Posted 7 Feb 2017 10:12 am     Reply with quote

Back in the day, there was a steeler named Hop Wilson.. Funky name.. You might enjoy his music as well..
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Donny Hinson


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Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post Posted 13 Feb 2017 6:28 am     Reply with quote

Adam, check out the Vulfpeck thread in the Pedal Steel section. Winking
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Mike Neer


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NJ
Post Posted 13 Feb 2017 6:43 am     Reply with quote

I've been known to get a little funky, but it's nothing a good shower won't take care of.

Seriously, though, I was raised on R&B, Funk and Jazz, so if I can't bring da funk, it was all for naught.
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Adam Tracksler


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Maine, USA
Post Posted 13 Feb 2017 9:43 am     Reply with quote

Donny Hinson wrote:
Adam, check out the Vulfpeck thread in the Pedal Steel section. Winking


Just what the doctor ordered!
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Herb Steiner


From:
Spicewood TX 78669
Post Posted 13 Feb 2017 10:39 am     Reply with quote

Nobody has mentioned Gib Wharton, who AFAIK is the only pedal steel player to actually play in real New York funk bands, having gone through GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology) on steel guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5f4KPs5lMs

His left hand got severely messed up in a fire about fifteen years ago, but obviously overcame his disability.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 28 Apr 2017 7:12 pm     Reply with quote

Michael Lee Allen wrote:
Glenn Ross Campbell (Juicy Lucy)

Most definitely. Few have ever ventured into Glenn Ross territory with their Stringmasters, I would reckon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXkmuUoUyT0
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Joe Goldmark


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San Francisco, CA 94131
Post Posted 4 May 2017 7:19 pm     Reply with quote

For my money, the funkiest pedal steeler was the unheralded Lew Houston. This guy plays on a whole 'nother level than most of us. Not only are his licks unique, but the chicken pickin' muting is amazing. He was Conway's steel man before John Hughey. Check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOZ4AWWLtXw

Joe
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scott murray


From:
Asheville, NC
Post Posted 4 May 2017 9:10 pm     Reply with quote

don't forget Gene O'Neal: FUNKY MONKEY
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post Posted 5 May 2017 8:19 am     Reply with quote

If you like your funk on the country-fied side, I think Rusty Young's playing certainly qualifies. That Leslie organ sound was all his. It may not have been Rick James, but Nobody's Fool from Poco's 2nd album is a few blocks outside of the blue jean district.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dbHDvTgkxpo
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Greg Cutshaw


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Corry, PA, USA
Post Posted 5 May 2017 8:59 am     Reply with quote

Saw Lew Houston with Conway at Ponderosa Park. In person his guitar riffs are just indistinguishable from a Fender tele. You hear it and just can't believe there's not a guitar on stage somewhere.
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Joachim Kettner


From:
Germany
Post Posted 5 May 2017 9:26 am     Reply with quote

Although I may appear to sound boring because I always come up with John McFee, this sounds pretty funky:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNc8CZ0LJ8E
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post Posted 5 May 2017 11:06 am     Reply with quote

Joachim Kettner wrote:
Although I may appear to sound boring because I always come up with John McFee, this sounds pretty funky:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNc8CZ0LJ8E

John McFee is such a great musician, you can post about him any time. There was another thread recently about how few steelers double on fiddle. You can put him in that group too, because he kills on both. And then there's his guitar playing...
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post Posted 6 May 2017 5:39 am     Reply with quote

Fred, there is a new Clover (John's old band from the sixties) completed. I'm looking forward to it's release.
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Fred Treece


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Post Posted 6 May 2017 10:42 pm     Reply with quote

Joachim Kettner wrote:
Fred, there is a new Clover (John's old band from the sixties) completed. I'm looking forward to it's release.

John McFee, Jeff Porcaro, Alex Call, and Huey Lewis? Talk about a supergroup that never was! I did not know about this band, and they were probably playing in clubs close to where I lived at the time. Thanks for the tip, Joachim. I will be looking for that record too.
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Chris Templeton


From:
The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 7 May 2017 2:15 am     Reply with quote

In the late '80's, I was playing and teaching steel in Hiroshima, Japan, at a place called Clemintine's.
One time, the road crew for a big Japanese artist, named Yazawa, came to the club and they told me that he was playing the next night at some hall and that he had hired some American musicians for a backup band. and would I like to go (backstage pass)?

Yazawa

I went and one of the musicians was John McFee. He was hired to play guitar and not steel.
He was super nice.
The crowd went totally bonkers for Yazawa and, never having heard of him, that was a little odd to see.
Good memories.
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Dennis Lee


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Forest Grove, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 8 May 2017 7:33 am     Funkiest Reply with quote

My vote goes to Mr. Joe Goldmark. He has taken the steel to another dimension with the neatest assortment of songs, arrangements and interpretations.
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Joe Goldmark


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San Francisco, CA 94131
Post Posted 16 May 2017 7:20 pm     Reply with quote

Thank you, Dennis. I just try to play what I think fits. Glad you think it's funky.

Fred, I never heard that Jeff Porcaro was in Clover??? John McFee was a Northern Cal. treasure. I say was because he relocated to the Southern California area a few years back.

Joachim, i love that cut "Love, Love". The funny thing about that video is that the album cover that they show is from an earlier Clover album. That tune was from one of their two albums cut in England in the late '70s, when they also backed up Elvis Costello on his first album "My Aim is True".

Joe
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Fred Treece


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Post Posted 16 May 2017 11:20 pm     Reply with quote

Joe,
All I know about the band's history is what I read on Wikipedia. I somehow missed seeing them live in the Bay Area when they were getting started. Too busy trying to catch Texas Chainsaw at the Emeryville Townehouse, I guess Smile Anyway, Clover either had trouble keeping a drummer or lots of drummers wanted to play with them. Mr. Porcaro is listed as an alumnus, nonetheless.
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post Posted 17 May 2017 2:52 am     Reply with quote

Sadly their bass player, John Ciambotti passed away in 2010.
http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=180551&highlight=john+ciambotti
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Mark van Allen


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Watkinsville, Ga. USA
Post Posted 17 May 2017 7:08 am     Reply with quote

Definitely hunt down any of the "Sacred Steelers". I'm a big fan of Roosevelt Collier.
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post Posted 17 May 2017 7:45 am     Reply with quote

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That tune was from one of their two albums cut in England in the late '70s, when they also backed up Elvis Costello on his first album "My Aim is True".

Hello Joe, Costello can be very funny. I've read his autobiography where he says that John played that "punk" instrument, the pedal steel guitar. I wish I remembered on which page.
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Glenn Suchan


From:
Austin, Texas
Post Posted 17 May 2017 10:22 am     Re: Funky steel players Reply with quote

Adam Tracksler wrote:
Reading through Andy Volk's "Lap Steel Guitar" book, I discovered Freddie Roulette. I went to YouTube to hear some of his playing, and found smoked fish https://youtu.be/1CGYDU_W5bo

I really liked it, any other steelers you mighty recommend playing funkified lap or pedal steel? (Yes I know about Robert Randolph)

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Adam, this is my favorite YouTube of Mr. Roulette - hope you enjoy it as much as do I (check out his bar slants):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX06XkUhkbs

Keep on pickin'!
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