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Larry Baker

 

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Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 3:30 pm    
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Another of mine is Lloyd Green=Midnight Silence
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Donny Hinson

 

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Post  Posted 16 Nov 2019 3:24 pm    
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Larry Dering

 

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Post  Posted 17 Nov 2019 9:00 am    
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Buddy Emmons Night Life, Curly Chalker Shadow of your smile.
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Bob Ricker

 

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Post  Posted 17 Nov 2019 10:20 am    
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Seals and Crofts "Boy Down The Road" Red Rhoades.

Paul Franklin at the Station Inn with Mandy Barnett "If You've Got Leavin On Your Mind".

Sonny Garrish = Studio songs, great doubling interesting parts.

Tommy White at the Earnest Tubb Record Store on Music Valley Drive with Justin Tubb and others. Great fast picking and playing. Long before the ET Theater, in the back of the ET store or the little add on building.
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Floyd Lowery

 

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Deland, Florida, USA
Post  Posted 18 Nov 2019 6:39 am    
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I think my favorite album is, "Steel Guitars of the Grand Ole Opry". The songs that stand out are "Sundown" and "Killing Me Softly".
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Floyd Lowery

 

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Post  Posted 18 Nov 2019 6:41 am    
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I forgot to say the players were Weldon, Hal, and Smiley.
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Tiny Olson

 

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Post  Posted 21 Nov 2019 4:21 pm    
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For me, it's tough to decide which is my absolute favorite. Right at the top of my list though would be "Greensleeves" by Buddy Emmons from the Black Album. The playing, tone, touch, arrangement, the other musicians support... that recording is just hauntingly beautiful and awesome to me. That whole album ranks at the top for me as an all-time favorite.

For a recording with steel guitar backing up a singer, Lloyd Green on Kenny Price's cut of "Charlotte Fever" (RCA 1971) is one of my all time favorites. I'm pretty sure Lloyd told me he cut that with his Sho-Bud, Baldwin D-10 through Harold Bradley's Twin Reverb w/ two 12" JBLs at the RCA Studio. Awesome playing and a great job by Kenny too... an awesome, great vocalist as far I'm concerned.

I agree with Roger Rettig regarding Buddy's, Christmas album also.
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Daniel Baston


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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Post  Posted 3 Dec 2019 1:51 pm    
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Whew this is a tough one! Almost impossible to narrow it down. Great topic.

Here's a few that come to mind. On a different day perhaps I would have a different answer. So much good stuff out there. I am going to check out everyone else's picks!

Buddy Emmons' version of Rose City Chimes.
-I love the tune and it shows off a few styles in one tune.

Buddy Emmons - Here's That Rainy Day.

Buddy Emmons - Flint Hill Special.
-I love hearing the bluegrass banjo licks on the steel.

Sol Hoopii - 12th Rag (electric version).
This one really surprised me when I heard it. I thought this song was annoying until I heard Sol's version. His chord solo on the last chorus sure sounds like a blueprint for Western swing.
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Fred Rogan

 

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Post  Posted 4 Dec 2019 11:15 am    
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This:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4taSLJEd0jw
is hard to beat in terms of steel contributing to the song. I think this is Mr. Mooney.
And then, from my favorite steel album with Mr. Green handling all steel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgbjhIOyT0o
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Glenn Suchan

 

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Austin, Texas
Post  Posted 5 Dec 2019 6:13 am    
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There are so many great pedal steel solos. It's impossiblele for me to nail down a singularity. IMO, for PSG instrumentals this one is among the top solos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWxbhLXtpHE
as is this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip-d24Lg3pg
and ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us9HUrkycAQ
and ...:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D14M9uW5sF0
and this great redux:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlctB2nkQtw
and so many others...

As a back up solo, these:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktb_szGChGk
and ...:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3EfqN_jBNA
and ..:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ynGNIbIYwE
and from the same album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jLBZHo7mLo
and ..:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLyvHZoBa9Q
I could go on and on, but here's one more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J5fWaUJPWg

Keep on pickin'!
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Bob Watson


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Post  Posted 6 Dec 2019 1:56 am    
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There are lots of them. Doug Jernagan's Streets of Larado and My Funny Valentine on his record More Ways To Play. Everything Curly Chalker ever played. Julian Thorpe's version of On A Clear Day has always been one of my favorites. If I had to pick only one though, it would be the Buddy Emmons song Blue Jade from the Black Album.
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Jerry Roller


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Van Buren, Arkansas USA
Post  Posted 12 Dec 2019 9:26 am    
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OK, I will say it. (seems almost taboo at steel shows). The second song I learned to play when I obtained a Supro lap steel in 1955 was “Steel Guitar Rag”. (My first was “I Overlooked an Orchid”). SGR is truly a steel guitar instrumental and I find it to be one of my most requested songs. It is the steel players equivalent to the fiddle players Orange Blossom Special. I have not heard it done better IMO that Buddy Charlton and Leon Rhodes did it with the Troubadours. There are a lot of beautiful steel solos in vocal songs that I think are great but they are not actually steel guitar songs.
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Michael Sawyer


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North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 12 Dec 2019 9:49 am    
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Ralph Mooney on Lonesome,Ornry,and Mean
Clyde Mattocks on Carolina By The Sea
Tom Brumley on Together Again
Eddie Long on The Door is Always Open

Those 4 songs made me buy one.....
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Mike Bowles


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Princeton, West Virginia, USA
Post  Posted 13 Dec 2019 2:50 pm     my favorite
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Mike sigler the girl in the glass but too many to name
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Dennis Atkins


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St. Paul, Minnesota
Post  Posted 13 Dec 2019 5:07 pm    
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Haven't posted in awhile, but this is an interesting question. I would say that Buddy Emmons playing of Canon in D is among my top favorites. Tom Brumley on Together Again, and Neosho Waltz, and the solo on I Sang Dixie. Too many others to mention. All of the past and present players have offered version of great songs, and it is hard to list the best of all time. Also, Leon's playing of Faded Love from the many Bob Wills catalog of songs is also on the top of the list.
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Roger Rettig


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Naples, FL
Post  Posted 14 Dec 2019 5:30 am    
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My favourite piece? I think it's 'Shenandoah'.

My hat is off to the remarkably talented Gary Carter who included his version on his CD.

I recall Buddy's remarks at one point; he said that he still hadn't quite found a way to play the song to his own satisfaction (or words to that effect). We now know (and we're blessed to be able to refer to it) that he performed 'Shenandoah' at a steel show later in his life and absolutely nailed it, modulating after each verse.

I like that version best just because it IS Buddy - but Gary's take on the song is also close to perfect.
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Roger Rettig


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Post  Posted 14 Dec 2019 6:01 am    
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Does anybody know if anyone has recorded 'Barbara Allen' on steel guitar?
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