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Charlie Hansen


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2018 3:55 am     Reply with quote

Trucker's Cafe - Buddy Cage
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Glenn Suchan


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2018 4:22 am     Reply with quote

Gary Hoetker wrote:
So many...but for my money...
I Didn't Jump The Fence-Cal Smith (Pete Drake)....


Good call! Very Happy I almost included it on my list, but alas, the topic is 'Top-10 steel solos' and I thought Pete Drake's solo on Ray Pillow's "Take Your Hands Off My Heart" was off-the-chain.

BTW; Years ago, I played "I Didn't Jump the Fence" with a country honky tonk band and had a lot of fun learning Pete's solo.

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Dick Sexton


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Greenville, Ohio
Post Posted 12 Jul 2018 4:55 am     So many great ones... Reply with quote

And of course, who am I to pick the greatest, but a couple that were mind altering/game changing to me and made me spend days even weeks behind my steel fairly early on.

Highway 40 Blues w/Bruce
Blue Bayou w/Dan
Misty w/JD

And of course, so many more.
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Pete Burak


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2018 7:02 am     Reply with quote

I might be wrong but I don't recall anywhere in Pedal Steel history where this famous (to me) solo was played, before Buddy Cage played it, but the Steel playing throughout this entire song is stellar tone/taste/technique, imho Smile
Listen to it from beginning to end!
The famous lick starts a few seconds after the 1min:40sec mark.
Buddy Cage - Hello MaryLou
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-4rGrMM8Ek
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Tucker Jackson


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2018 10:27 am     Reply with quote

That's a great one, Pete. Also, here's a live version of "Mary Lou," with a different take on the solo:
https://youtu.be/MZWw87UgrwI?t=6m23s

And while we're talkin' Buddy Cage, he basically solos throughout a lot of songs and what he plays under the vocals is sometimes the best part. It's the quick blocking that makes it work.
For example, check out this section of "Truck Drivin' Man" from that same live Dutch TV taping in 1972:
https://youtu.be/MZWw87UgrwI?t=2m21s

And, different concert, I love the way he ends the solo on this live version of "She's No Angel" with that clean flurry of notes:
https://youtu.be/J-f5yTgg2PY?t=1m55s

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Rich Upright


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Post Posted 13 Jul 2018 9:31 pm     Reply with quote

Panama Red--New Riders--Buddy Cage
I Still Believe in You--Desert Rose Band--JayDee
The New Soft Shoe (Live)-- Gram Parsons--Neil Flanz
Touch My Heart--Ray Price--The Big "E"
The Steel Guitar Song--Kim Murray--Dickey Overbey
The White Light--Lloyd
Dire Wolf--Grateful Dead--Jerry Garcia
I Never Go Around Mirrors--Daryle Singletary--Player unknown
Country Boy--Ricky Skaggs--unsure of steeler
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Rex Mayfield


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Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 6:28 am     Reply with quote

Spanish Eyes (Randy Reinhardt) by Bobby Flores
Country Boy (Bruce Bouton) by Ricky Scaggs
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Marc Muller


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Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 7:25 am     Yin Yang Reply with quote

Buddy Emmons John Hartford album All in the Name of Love, Gentle On My Mind - just sick.
Jerry Garcia - Teach Your Children, getting about as much melodic mileage out of 3 pedals as a musician can get.
Honorable mention is Sneaky Pete and the beautiful transition on Jackson Browne's Take it Easy into Our Lady of the Well.
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 7:43 am     Reply with quote

Yep, Sneaky on Take It Easy/Our Lady, and Tomoroww Is A Long Time cover by Sandy Denny. A classic ride.
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Randy Schneider


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Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 7:52 am     Reply with quote

Rich Upright wrote:

I Never Go Around Mirrors--Daryle Singletary--Player unknown


That wonderful stuff was courtesy of Mike Johnson.
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Chris Templeton


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Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 8:37 am     Reply with quote

Weldon Myrick: "Right Or Wrong"- George Strait.
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Dick Hitchcock


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Wayne, Nebraska
Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 8:50 am     Reply with quote

Lloyd Green....."Kaw Liga"!

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Fred Treece


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Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 9:20 am     Re: Yin Yang Reply with quote

Marc Muller wrote:
Buddy Emmons John Hartford album All in the Name of Love, Gentle On My Mind - just sick.

+1
And the definitive version of one of the greatest songs ever written.
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Bill Miller


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Gaspe, Quebec, Canada
Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 11:17 am     Reply with quote

Highway 40 Blues solo by Bruce Bouton.
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Jim Fogarty


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Phila, Pa, USA
Post Posted 14 Jul 2018 2:01 pm     Reply with quote

"Above and Beyond" - Buck Owens (Mooney on steel)

"Cotton Fields" - Charley Pride Live at Panther Hall - (Lloyd Green on steel)

"Tomorrow and Me" - Michael Nesmith - (Red Rhodes on steel)
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 16 Jul 2018 10:36 am     Reply with quote

Charlie Hansen wrote:
Trucker's Cafe - Buddy Cage

That's a quite unusual choice. How could Buddy Cage play so fast?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDKc8ODUEIc
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Glenn Suchan


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Post Posted 16 Jul 2018 12:19 pm     Re: Yin Yang Reply with quote

Marc Muller wrote:
Buddy Emmons John Hartford album All in the Name of Love, Gentle On My Mind - just sick....


I agree, Marc. That whole album, All in the Name of Love, on Flying Fish Records, is wonderful. To listen to it see below.

When Flying Fish founder, Bruce Kaplan suddenly died, the catalog was sold to Rounder Records and All in the Name of Love, like many other Flying Fish albums, was never re-released on CD. Fortunately the vinyl of All in the Name of Love can be heard on YouTube. Here is side one of the album. Gentle on my mind starts at 8:24 and Buddy's solo at 11:44:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GutbULy9_mk

Part One of Side Two (Emmons plays some tasty stuff on the second song, "Don't Try to Hide Your Tears From Me", his solo is at 5:50 and on the song "The Ten Chord Blues" in which his solo starts at 7:35 and includes a piece of the infamous 'Pat Martino Monster lIck'):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ATsGkjfTpg

Part Two of Side Two (Emmons' solo on the "The Deck Hand's Waltz" starts at 3:09):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_a92hGeBDQ

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Glenn Suchan


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Post Posted 16 Jul 2018 12:23 pm     Reply with quote

Joachim Kettner wrote:
Charlie Hansen wrote:
Trucker's Cafe - Buddy Cage

That's a quite unusual choice. How could Buddy Cage play so fast?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDKc8ODUEIc


Here's the Album version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO2acfK_Gr0

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Skip Edwards


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Post Posted 16 Jul 2018 7:35 pm     Reply with quote

So many great solos out there... it's like choosing from the stars in the sky...
I'll throw in with "Rainbows All Over Your Blues" - John B Sebastian with Buddy Emmons, and a cut I had the pleasure of playing piano on..."I Sang Dixie" - Dwight with Tom Brumley.
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Terry Winter


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Saskatchewan, Canada
Post Posted 16 Jul 2018 8:22 pm     Reply with quote

Of all my favorite solos by far Lost In The Feeling" is my favorite bar none!
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Marc Muller


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Neptune,NJ USA
Post Posted 17 Jul 2018 5:07 am     Re: Yin Yang Reply with quote

Glenn Suchan wrote:
Marc Muller wrote:
Buddy Emmons John Hartford album All in the Name of Love, Gentle On My Mind - just sick....


I agree, Marc. That whole album, All in the Name of Love, on Flying Fish Records, is wonderful. To listen to it see below.

When Flying Fish founder, Bruce Kaplan suddenly died, the catalog was sold to Rounder Records and All in the Name of Love, like many other Flying Fish albums, was never re-released on CD. Fortunately the vinyl of All in the Name of Love can be heard on YouTube. Here is side one of the album. Gentle on my mind starts at 8:24 and Buddy's solo at 11:44:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GutbULy9_mk

Part One of Side Two (Emmons plays some tasty stuff on the second song, "Don't Try to Hide Your Tears From Me", his solo is at 5:50 and on the song "The Ten Chord Blues" in which his solo starts at 7:35 and includes a piece of the infamous 'Pat Martino Monster lIck'):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ATsGkjfTpg

Part Two of Side Two (Emmons' solo on the "The Deck Hand's Waltz" starts at 3:09):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_a92hGeBDQ

Keep on pickin'!
Glenn


Another great Flying Fish is Hillbilly Jazz with incredible Doug Jernigan playing, Vassar, Bromberg and other legends. Not sure if this made it to CD. Luckily still have Hartford and HJ albums from when I was a teenager. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afu9dssl95k
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Jack Hanson


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Post Posted 17 Jul 2018 7:36 am     Re: Yin Yang Reply with quote

Marc Muller wrote:
Another great Flying Fish is Hillbilly Jazz with incredible Doug Jernigan playing, Vassar, Bromberg and other legends. Not sure if this made it to CD.

Hillbilly Jazz indeed was released on CD in 2009, albeit missing a tune or two from the original double LP. It's Flying Fish FF 70101. I wholeheartedly concur with your assessment of Hillbilly Jazz, All In The Name Of Love, and especially Harford's 1977 version of Gentle On My Mind (see my first post on this thread above).
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Ben Rubright


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Post Posted 17 Jul 2018 10:10 am     Reply with quote

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'A Love Like Ours' [Nameless Shuffle] by Laney Hicks with........ah...ah...ah.....Oh Yeah, BE
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Glenn Suchan


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Austin, Texas
Post Posted 17 Jul 2018 11:19 am     Re: Yin Yang Reply with quote

Marc Muller wrote:
Glenn Suchan wrote:
Marc Muller wrote:
Buddy Emmons John Hartford album All in the Name of Love, Gentle On My Mind - just sick....


I agree, Marc. That whole album, All in the Name of Love, on Flying Fish Records, is wonderful. To listen to it see below.

When Flying Fish founder, Bruce Kaplan suddenly died, the catalog was sold to Rounder Records and All in the Name of Love, like many other Flying Fish albums, was never re-released on CD. Fortunately the vinyl of All in the Name of Love can be heard on YouTube. Here is side one of the album. Gentle on my mind starts at 8:24 and Buddy's solo at 11:44:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GutbULy9_mk

Part One of Side Two (Emmons plays some tasty stuff on the second song, "Don't Try to Hide Your Tears From Me", his solo is at 5:50 and on the song "The Ten Chord Blues" in which his solo starts at 7:35 and includes a piece of the infamous 'Pat Martino Monster lIck'):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ATsGkjfTpg

Part Two of Side Two (Emmons' solo on the "The Deck Hand's Waltz" starts at 3:09):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_a92hGeBDQ

Keep on pickin'!
Glenn


Another great Flying Fish is Hillbilly Jazz with incredible Doug Jernigan playing, Vassar, Bromberg and other legends. Not sure if this made it to CD. Luckily still have Hartford and HJ albums from when I was a teenager. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afu9dssl95k


Marc, Hillbilly Jazz was the debut album for Flying Fish. I bought the album when it was released. There is a CD available through Rounder Records (Rounder bought Flying Fish). However, there is one track missing from the vinyl: Ray Noble's classic song, "Cherokee":
https://www.amazon.com/Hillbilly-Jazz/dp/B000000MEY/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1531854451&sr=1-1&keywords=Hillbilly+Jazz#customerReviews

You can check out the songs on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-rjIsazvQ&list=PLwQtwB2Kmvq8G-YbV7uPkHJN0Wfy2EPVz

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Greg Derksen


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Post Posted 18 Jul 2018 5:01 am     Reply with quote

Buddy Emmons "Lady be good solo" on Buddy Spicher and friends
Paul Franklin "Fade to Black" Dire Straits
Doug Jernigan "Makin the rounds"
Tommy White "when ever he plays the steel"
Mike Johnson "I never go around mirrors"
Dicky Overbie "We Could" on youtube , so soulful.
Sonny Garrish "So many of his parts that fit songs so well"
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