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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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Austin, Texas
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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Portland, OR USA
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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Portland, Oregon, USA
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
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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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Neptune,NJ USA
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV0YXsmERqA
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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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The Green Mountain State
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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California, USA
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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