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Howard Parker


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 6:52 am    
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As has been noted in countless other threads, you don't hear classic styles on country radio these days. You look elsewhere.

That being said, the band was all to happy to accept an invitation from our regional, country station to strut our stuff at a terrific festival. We were VERY well received.

Prior to sound check, "on-air personality" (country) comes over to chat and asks:

"So, what kind of instrument is that?"

- end of story -

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Don R Brown


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 7:15 am    
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Sadly, I'm not surprised.
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Howard Parker


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 7:20 am    
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I was pretty amused.

A quick witted band mate told him it was a "20 string cheese slicer".

Then, a quick lesson. Very Happy

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Don R Brown


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 7:25 am    
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Howard Parker wrote:


A quick witted band mate told him it was a "20 string cheese slicer".

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Another favorite is "an Electric Table". Laughing
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Dustin Rhodes


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Owasso OK
Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 7:33 am    
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I've known several people who ended up as radio dj's and the path to that career quite often has absolutely nothing to do with music at all. Some of the people I know would have been just as oblivious with a rock band or dj or orchestra. They don't know what they don't know and no one giving them jobs expects anything else.
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Dom Franco


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 7:49 am    
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It may be because modern country doesn't feature pedal steel much anymore... but I wonder if 30 years ago country music fans back then would have recognized your electric table instrument? Mine was often called a keyboard, synthesizer or slide guitar by the announcers back then!
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Howard Parker


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 7:49 am    
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Dustin Rhodes wrote:
I've known several people who ended up as radio dj's and the path to that career quite often has absolutely nothing to do with music at all. Some of the people I know would have been just as oblivious with a rock band or dj or orchestra. They don't know what they don't know and no one giving them jobs expects anything else.


Indeed!

The role of commercial broadcasting is to sell advertising. It's always been thus!

I was shocked when the station hired us as "RFC" (radio friendly country) we are not.

That being said, the gig was great for us and great for the crowd.

"Fist City" was a hit! Laughing

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Greg Forsyth

 

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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 10:07 am    
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What a great opportunity to spread the word about pedal steel guitars to someone in their position. Now they are a not quite so ignorant on air personality. Hopefully that person picks up an interest for the instrument.
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 1:21 pm    
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Actual musicians are just as guilty as DJs or other peripherals. I am in the process of training the other members of our band to introduce my instrument by its proper name and not "lap slide" or some other perversion. This process has just entered its third year, but they're a great bunch!


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Donny Hinson

 

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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 1:56 pm    
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Dom Franco wrote:
It may be because modern country doesn't feature pedal steel much anymore... but I wonder if 30 years ago country music fans back then would have recognized your electric table instrument?


30 years ago? Maybe not. But 50 years ago was a different story.

In my area (Baltimore/Annapolis), I can assure you it did!

I can remember going bar-hopping with our band leaders many times in search of jobs back in the '60s and early '70s. And usually, the club owners weren't interested in changing bands...until the bandleader told them..."This is my pedal steel player, right here!" Man alive, they'd get a big smile and ask..."When can you fellas start?" Doors opened up and we got to play in places other bands never could! Made me feel pretty good, too. Mr. Green


Yes, those were the days...the golden age of country music and pedal steel guitar.
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Pete Bailey


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Seattle, WA
Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 2:20 pm    
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Personally, I <b>love</b> it when somebody cares enough to ask about the weird instrument I'm playing (I play other weird instruments besides pedal steel Smile). Whether it's a genuine question or just a friendly set-up from an MC, I'll take it every time.

I agree it's tempting to shoot back with a "smart" answer, but trust me, the folks who are out there listening were probably all wondering the same thing, and will absolutely appreciate a genuine & informative answer.

I always get followups after a show when I've been given a chance to talk on-stage about the odd thing I'm banging on. If you like to connect with your audience, there's no better way to make it happen.
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2021 3:13 pm    
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Even better when someone comes up and says "Great to hear a pedal steel - we don't get many". Appreciative and knowledgeable! Smile
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Chris Templeton


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The Green Mountain State
Post  Posted 14 Sep 2021 5:35 am    
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People might not know what a steel looks like, but most know the sound of it. That "twangy" sound.
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Terry Winter

 

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Post  Posted 14 Sep 2021 7:20 am    
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Once did some tracks on a CD for a local Musician. All were original country songs and the small studio was operated by a Rock musician who was very good in his own right. He admitted he had never been around or heard much of a steel guitar. Did about 5 tracks on the CD project. When I went back to here playback in the control room I and they were so pleased. Thee steel parts were so clear, clean and blended as is. When I got the finished project the engineer had all my sound either compressed or fuzzed somewhat and totally different than what I had hoped was going to come out. Oh well, life's like that.
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K Maul


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Hadley, NY/Hobe Sound, FL
Post  Posted 14 Sep 2021 9:27 am    
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I was shocked when the station hired us as "RFC" (radio friendly country)


I never met a radio I didn’t like. Until I turned it on.
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Howard Parker


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Clarksburg,MD USA
Post  Posted 14 Sep 2021 9:47 am    
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"I never met a radio I didn’t like. Until I turned it on."

THAT is funny!!!
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K Maul


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Post  Posted 14 Sep 2021 5:14 pm    
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I’ll be here all week. Try the veal….
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Joe Krumel

 

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Post  Posted 15 Sep 2021 5:37 am     mystery instrument
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years ago,had a family member ask about my "iron" guitar playing!!!!!
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Mike Bacciarini


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San Luis Obispo, California
Post  Posted 17 Sep 2021 5:28 am    
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Right at the very tail end of this clip, someone asks.... “ What is that called?”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WhYsDnvQHbI
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Jeff Evans


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Post  Posted 17 Sep 2021 7:30 am     Pedal Iron and the Armpit Guitar
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"iron" guitar


I've heard "metal steel", and my grandmother called it my "machine".

You know, "armpit guitar" feels fairly warm and intimate in contrast to these cold, industrial references.
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Michael Sawyer


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North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 17 Sep 2021 7:38 am    
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Ian Rae wrote:
Even better when someone comes up and says "Great to hear a pedal steel - we don't get many". Appreciative and knowledgeable! Smile


Yessir,and to me,when that happens,it's as rewarding as the modest pay i am getting.Makes it worth lugging my gear around.
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Darrell Criswell

 

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Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 17 Sep 2021 10:59 am    
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Chris Templeton wrote:
People might not know what a steel looks like, but most know the sound of it. That "twangy" sound.


Isn't the twangy sound from the Telecaster. It seems the steel guitar has a crying sound, not a twangy one.
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Darrell Criswell

 

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Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 17 Sep 2021 11:00 am    
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I like Joe Wright telling the story of the guy who said to him in an elevator.

"I love they way you play keyboards.'
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Chris Templeton


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The Green Mountain State
Post  Posted 17 Sep 2021 11:19 am    
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Yes, you are right, Darrell, it does refer to the tele most often.
...For the uninitiated listener, when I've described the pedal steel in the past, people have responded "oh, that twangy instrument", which also implies a musical genre.
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