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Darrell Criswell

 

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Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 11:32 am    
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I was reading about how much Jim Reeves hated steel guitarists and was wondering if there were other artists who hated steel guitarists or just the sound of steel guitar. I know in his book Charley Pride said some unflattering things about steel guitarists in general, that they were flakes!. Thanks!
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Mark Robinson

 

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North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 11:37 am    
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Although not exactly country, Bill Gaither despised steel guitar.
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Steve Hinson

 

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Hendersonville Tn USA
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 12:00 pm    
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Too many to mention...not having one in their band is usually a bad sign.
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Craig Bailey

 

Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 12:10 pm    
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Sometimes artist wont have one in their band not necessarily because they dont like steel guitar but they dont want to pay for one in their band if they can get by without it. Every country act needs a steel guitar player. The more the merrier.
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Steve Hinson

 

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Hendersonville Tn USA
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 12:33 pm    
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If they really love it...

...they cant get by without it...
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gary pierce


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Rossville TN
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 1:20 pm    
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I heard a rumor that Eric Church didn't like steels.
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Dom Franco


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Beaverton, OR, 97007
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 2:39 pm    
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I have always felt that many singers and other musicians are intimidated by Steel Guitars, because they can easily "STEAL" the show. (Pun intended) Sometimes the audience loves the Pedal Steel sound more than Vocals or any other solo instruments.
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Roy Heap


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Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 3:15 pm    
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I once was told that Don Williams had no love for steel guitar, but without the sounds of Lloyd Green on all his albums I don't think they would have sold as good as they did. I did see him once in the UK without steel and was never going to one of his gigs again, the magic of the steel sound helped make that performer IMHO .
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David Ball


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Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 3:48 pm    
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Growing up in and just outside of Nashville, the sounds I listened for then and still do today are the sounds of steel guitar, and separately banjo. Local TV at the time (60's) was great. Flatt and Scruggs. Wilburn Brothers. Porter Wagoner, Bobby Lord Show, Noon Show. etc..... All of the Nashville greats were playing, and these sounds are still what I consider to be real country music. Got to have steel, or banjo depending on the style of real country music. Guess that's why I still play steel and banjo today.

Dave
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David Ball


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Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 3:54 pm    
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On a separate thought--back in the 80's or so, Bill Anderson had his "Po Folks" restaurants open, in Tennessee anyway. Their food wasn't too bad, but the music on the MUZAK they played was pure 60's, pre "Nashville Sound" country. Lots of steel guitar stuff. That, more than the food, kept me heading there as a regular lunch spot. Chicken and biscuits and classic steel sounds. Pretty good combination.

Dave
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Dale Rivard

 

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Ontario, Canada
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 4:46 pm    
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Years ago, I remember reading that K.T. Oslin doesn't like steel guitar.
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Bobby Boggs

 

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Upstate SC.
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 5:25 pm    
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Back in his heyday. Kenny Rogers had no use for steel guitar played by anyone. He was over heard saying Pete Drake type playing made his skin crawl. As for today. I have no idea.
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Bill Miller

 

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Gaspe, Quebec, Canada
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 7:19 pm    
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Johnny Cash couldn't have been much of a fan. There isn't much steel on his stuff as I recall.
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Tiny Olson

 

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Tribes Hill, NY, Mohawk River Valley, USA
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 7:32 pm    
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Back in his "Heyday" (and to this day for that matter), Kenny Rogers' singing and records make MY skin crawl... A 3 min. waste of Country Radio air time when a good song could have been playing IMHO. Of course, I was spoiled playing for Gene Watson who LOVED pedal steel guitar. Many other great artists liked the steel guitar also and like Steve Hinson said, it showed as they had one in their band.
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Kevin Fix

 

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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 7:33 pm    
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Never had any use for Alabama, Kenny Rogers or K. T. Oslin. Probably get struck by lighting over that. Never had any use for Country Music without Steel Guitar. I know that Blue Grass, in general, does not use Steel Guitar. That is ok. They have a sound of their own. Fiddles, Banjos, Acoustic Guitars and a stand up Bass.
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Dick Wood


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Springtown Texas, USA
Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 7:37 pm    
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Chris Cagle had a few hits and he was asked why he didn't have steel in the band and he supposedly said we don't need no stinkin steel.

I don't need no stinkin Chris Cagle.
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K Maul


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Post  Posted 4 Nov 2019 10:15 pm    
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Who is Chris Cagle.....?
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Billy Murdoch

 

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Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
Post  Posted 5 Nov 2019 3:32 am    
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I have played in club and pub bands for a long time and just about every lead singer gets very upset if the steel player receives any attention from the audience.
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Jim Goins

 

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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 5 Nov 2019 4:24 am    
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Hey Kevin, don't forget the Reso, Dobro.
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Richard Sinkler


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Post  Posted 5 Nov 2019 4:25 am    
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Funny how everyone mentioned that doesn't like steel guitar, I really don't like either.
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manny escobar

 

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portsmouth,r.i. usa
Post  Posted 5 Nov 2019 4:41 am    
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Wasn`t it Chet Atkins who produced "Oh Lonesome Me" by Don Gibson, leaving out the steel so it would appeal to a cross over more popular audience?
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Roger Rettig


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Naples, FL
Post  Posted 5 Nov 2019 5:09 am    
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I have a recollection of reading about the 'celebrations' at the news of Jim Reeves' sudden death. Bobby Garrett and the Big E were, I think, participants. Somewhere on a night-ride in a band-bus, perhaps? It's a hazy memory.

Somehow I think their antipathy was due to Reeves' unpleasant demeanour rather than his aversion to steel guitars.

Cam anyone else recall that story?
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Donny Hinson

 

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Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post  Posted 5 Nov 2019 5:30 am    
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I guess I've been lucky. Most all the singers I've worked for loved steel guitar. Smile I think that's because they were true classic country fans, and because I also try to be versatile, and play a lot of stuff people usually don't hear from a steel player. Another reason might be that I know thousands and thousands of songs.

(A very common comment I've heard from singers is that most steel players don't play enough to earn their money - they tend to get aggravated when a steeler just sits with his hands folded for most of the song.)

I guess it could also be said that some singers just don't like the way some players play...or act. Personality has a lot to do with it, sometimes.
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Dick Wood


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Springtown Texas, USA
Post  Posted 5 Nov 2019 6:21 am    
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K Maul,Chris had some top 40 country hits. I breathe in I breathe out, Laredo, and his big one was Chicks dig it.
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Ron Hogan

 

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Nashville, TN, usa
Post  Posted 5 Nov 2019 6:38 am    
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Sometimes I hate my Steel Guitar too! I can be my worst critic at times!!

CLICK AND HATE ME HERE

Truthfully, bad steel guitar can really be bad and has made me cringe when I hear it.
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