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LJ Eiffert

 

From:
California, USA
Post  Posted 4 Aug 2021 7:46 pm    
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What a one of a kind of person Mike Perlowin is and on earth he was. True to his art of the steel guitar & his style of music. He worked for me at the Foothill Club in Signal Hill,California many times with my Crawfish Band that was with the Late Lou Martin,late Barbi Matthews. RIP my Musician brother.Prayers for his Family. Crying or Very sad SwampWater Fox = Uncle Leo
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Bob Watson


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Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Post  Posted 5 Aug 2021 1:18 am    
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I met Mike at the St. Louis steel convention one year and we had a nice conversation about the Curly Chalker DVD. We are so lucky that he took the time to make that DVD and when I saw his name tag I instantly went over and thanked him for making it available to the steel guitar community. We were also Facebook friends and I always enjoyed his posts here on the steel forum and on FB too. His ability to keep his chin up while facing the various health problems that he had to deal with was inspirational. I miss seeing his posts and hearing his take on pedal steel guitar and life in general. May he RIP.
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Jeremy Threlfall


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Post  Posted 6 Aug 2021 2:27 am    
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Well played, Mike
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James Ives

 

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California, USA
Post  Posted 6 Aug 2021 9:03 pm     Mike Perlowin Memorial Service
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It would be nice to do a short memorial service, but there is a big question of where.

Does anyone have a backyard we can use for a couple of hours?
-Jim
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Ben Lawson

 

From:
Brooksville Florida
Post  Posted 7 Aug 2021 6:48 am    
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Mike left a great impression on so many of us. He will be missed but not forgotten! R.I.P. Mike!
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Russ Tkac


Post  Posted 11 Aug 2021 6:58 am    
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So sorry. RIP Mike.
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John Poston

 

From:
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Post  Posted 12 Aug 2021 7:46 am    
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My condolences to friends and family. It's always tough to click on the Gone Home link but it's nice to have the updates and the reminiscences.

Mike was very patient and helpful to me, especially as a beginning player coming to the forum and asking the same questions everyone asks every 6 months.

A wonderful guy and a great ambassador of the instrument.
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James Ives

 

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California, USA
Post  Posted 13 Aug 2021 7:21 pm    
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I wonder if Mike and Jerry Garcia have met yet. Mike and I used to discuss Jerry alot, and we both agreed that Jerry, despite little experience, played the sweetest pedal steel.
Then again, maybe Mike is looking for Stravinsky up there.
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Susan Alcorn


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Baltimore, MD, USA
Post  Posted 14 Aug 2021 8:45 am    
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Mike was a dear friend. His death (which shouldn't have been unexpected due to his health challenges) hit me pretty hard. Mike was a an early supporter of my music, and we had been friends since the early 90s.

Mike was a visionary - who else would have taken on the task of recording Stravinsky's entire Rite of Spring on the pedal steel? He seemed to know almost everyone in the steel guitar community and was very supportive of everyone's music.

Mike was also not shy about his political views (which I share). He would engage anyone in the steel guitar community, most of whom didn't share his outlook, and was still able to remain friends with most of them. In that way, I think he is a model for us, one who will be deeply missed.
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Dustin Rigsby


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Parts Unknown, Ohio
Post  Posted 19 Aug 2021 3:04 pm    
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It’s rough reading the gone home section anymore. Mike was an inspiration to say the least. His passing really brings home the lyric “who’s gonna fill their shoes”.
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Bill Hatcher

 

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Atlanta Ga. USA
Post  Posted 27 Aug 2021 1:25 pm    
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just saw this! one of kind player for sure. his classical renditions on steel guitar are amazing. met him once and enjoyed his playing. RIP mike. you did good for the steel guitar.
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Dave Dube

 

Post  Posted 5 Sep 2021 1:02 pm    
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Just got back on the grid. Wow. Though this is late, I owe him my respect.

Mike was an integral part of my experience of the Forum, and a valued one. Though we had a few disagreements, he was a "must read." His accomplishments speak for themselves, but what I hadn't realized, and think speaks well of his quality, is his 52 years of marriage. My condolences to his friends and loved ones.

RIP Mike. The world isn't as musical without you.
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Barney Roach

 

From:
California, USA
Post  Posted 3 Oct 2021 7:14 pm    
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I am just now finding this out, and am quite sad.

The Mike I know will be VERY ACTIVE in heaven!

Thanks for all your advice and sharing of visions Mike.

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Johnny Pal


From:
California, USA
Post  Posted 4 Oct 2021 10:27 am    
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Around a month or so before Mike passed, he called me & said he wanted to
start performing again. Because of his condition though he asked if I would
be willing to help schlep his gear and take him to gigs in exchange for
PS lessons. Wow, that would have been great except that I moved 60 something
miles from where I used to live near to where he lived in LA. Talk about the
one that got away! Next I heard he had transitioned. He was one of the smartest
persons and talented players I was privileged to know. I Remember him organizing
jam sessions at least a decade or two earlier when I was just learning lap steel.
Condolences to the family and his dog and may he have a good journey.
Johnny
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Mickey Adams


From:
Bandera Texas
Post  Posted 9 Nov 2021 7:01 pm    
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One unique individual....RIP mike
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Mark Durante


From:
St. Pete Beach FL
Post  Posted 18 Nov 2021 5:24 am    
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Wow, another loss to us all...
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Bobby D. Jones

 

From:
West Virginia, USA
Post  Posted 5 Dec 2021 12:32 am    
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Will miss Mike and posts here on the forum, He took the steel guitar to unknown area of music and made it fit. Mike, May you R.I.P.
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