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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 12:12 pm     Reply with quote

Having a nostalgic day again. These days seem to come more frequently as I get older. Smile

My Favorite Professional Steel Guitar Player: Don Helms 1927-2008.

My favorite professional steel guitar player, in the late 1940's and early 1950's, was Don Helms. Don
became a MEMBER OF THE STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME in 1984. Since we did not have TV, I could
only listen to him on the radio.

In later years I had the opportunity and pleasure to visit in Don's home several times, where we played
our Gibson Console Grandes (our Console Grandes were identical), and had discussions regarding steel
guitar, and Don's professional career. A great steel player and man.

C. E. Smile Smile
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Bill Groner


From:
QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 12:31 pm     Reply with quote

Jay Dee Maness
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Joe Elk


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 2:32 pm     Reply with quote

I am old. Steel Johnny Sibert On dobro Oswald.

And When I was little I did not have to to be on Saturday night until I had heard
Lulu Belle and Scotty Sing. That was WLS National Barn Dance..
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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 2:42 pm     Reply with quote

Jerry Byrd...from the first time I head him on recordings.
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Steve Marinak


From:
Ocean Ridge, Florida, USA
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 4:49 pm     Reply with quote

If only one, I'd say Dick McIntire.
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Dana Duplan


From:
Ramona, CA
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 6:16 pm     Reply with quote

There's no way I could name just one, or even a few, but these are up there:

Early: Joaquin Murphey
Mid: Tom Morrell
Current: Jeremy Wakefield

And many more!!
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Douglas Bryant


From:
California, USA
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 6:55 pm     Reply with quote

Joaquin, Speedy, John, Cindy, Eddie, Chris, Kayton, Bobby, Jeremy, Tom, Vance, Jim, or whomever else I have listened to recently. And that’s just the non-pedal players. Too many greats to pick just one!
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Don Kona Woods


From:
Hawaiian Kama'aina
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 11:07 pm     Reply with quote

Jules Ah See, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Legend.
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Einar Baldursson


From:
Stockholm, Sweden
Post Posted 19 Jun 2017 12:33 am     Reply with quote

Impossible to pick one of course but these days it's David Keli'i.
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Stefan Robertson


From:
London, UK
Post Posted 19 Jun 2017 12:43 am     Reply with quote

Doug Jernigan of course.

With Tom Morrell and Buddy Emmons second.

Just can't believe how awesome Jernigan is truly. On pedal and non-pedal.
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Thiel Hatt


From:
Utah, USA
Post Posted 19 Jun 2017 4:19 am     Reply with quote

Non-pedal = Jerry Byrd
Pedal steel #1 = Lloyd Green, Ron Elliott, Buddy Emmons
Pedal Steel #2 = Audie Shields, Jeff Newman
Standard Guitar = Chet Atkins, Brent Mason
Keyboard = Floyd Carmmer
Honorable Mention = John Hughey, Paul Franklin, Kayton Roberts.
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Miles Lang


From:
Rincon Beach, California, USA
Post Posted 19 Jun 2017 4:10 pm     Reply with quote

Santo Farina
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Doug Beaumier


From:
Northampton, MA
Post Posted 19 Jun 2017 6:08 pm     Reply with quote

Jerry, Buddy, Santo
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Steve Pawlak


From:
Arizona, USA
Post Posted 19 Jun 2017 7:16 pm     Reply with quote

Fred Justice
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David M Brown


From:
California, USA
Post Posted 20 Jun 2017 3:20 am     Reply with quote

Don Kona Woods wrote:
Jules Ah See, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Legend.


Steve Marinak wrote:
If only one, I'd say Dick McIntire.


Some of my favorites....hard to choose....and I have a soft spot for Billy Hew Len's style.
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Jim Cooley


From:
The 'Ville, Texas, USA
Post Posted 20 Jun 2017 5:46 am     Reply with quote

Dicky Overbey, Lloyd Green, John Hughey, Mike Johnson, Steve Palousek, and anybody I forgot to mention.
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Chris Walke


From:
St Charles, IL
Post Posted 20 Jun 2017 6:46 am     Reply with quote

Greg Leisz
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Jim Williams


From:
Meridian, Mississippi, USA - Home of Peavey!
Post Posted 20 Jun 2017 7:35 am     Reply with quote

As far as a current non pedal player, and I'm not just saying it because he's a member here, but I really like Doug Beaumier's style. Mike Neer also does some very nice stuff.

Current pedal steel, I'd be hard pressed to pick an absolute favorite but Paul Franklin would certainly be in the running. I also like Sarah Jory, although I'm not sure how much she is playing currently.

Oldies? Of course Jerry and Don Helms.
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Brad Davis


From:
Texas, USA
Post Posted 20 Jun 2017 8:07 am     Reply with quote

Don, Little Roy, Kayton. And Jerry. And Johnny Sibert. And a half a dozen others.

If I could just play a little bit like each of them I'd be doing fine. I like those Western swing guys too.
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G Strout


From:
Carabelle, Florida
Post Posted 20 Jun 2017 8:17 am     Reply with quote

Tom Morrell , Jerry Byrd (of course) and have recently been listening to a lot Chris Scruggs and Eddie Rivers
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Tom Harris


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 20 Jun 2017 9:18 am     Reply with quote

Bobby White and PeeWee Whitewing, have loved these two guys sincve early fifties,I never get tired of that Brazos Valley western swing sound, of course Hank Thompson was my Idol since mid forties, that man had the smoothest voice,and loved their stage apearences with the Nudi suits.R I P Hank and BOBBY.
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Dave O'Brien


From:
Florida and New Jersey
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Weldon
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Sebastian Müller


From:
Berlin / Germany
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 5:58 am     Reply with quote

For me it's also impossible to pick only one. In the moment my three most influential are:

Sol Hoopii
Dick McIntire
Feet/Benny Rogers (count as one because their family-style is so similar)
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David Matzenik


From:
Cairns, on the Coral Sea
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 12:40 pm     Reply with quote

I don't have favourites. I like all those mentioned so far and I would add to the list Jeff Au Hoy, Isaac Akuna and Chuck Lettes.

PS Did anyone mention Hal Aloma?
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Bill Creller


From:
Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 6:17 pm     Reply with quote

Very difficult to name just one, and of course my favorites are the people who play (played) Hawaiian music...
And some are still with us ! Very Happy
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