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Dana Duplan

 

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Ramona, CA
Post  Posted 24 Aug 2022 7:14 am    
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https://youtu.be/Px2SWmEi8q8
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Peter Freiberger

 

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Post  Posted 24 Aug 2022 11:05 am    
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Tragic.

https://www.bakersfield.com/news/friends-fans-in-shock-over-death-of-local-steel-guitar-legend-larry-petree-and-wife/article_0e7b35fa-22a3-11ed-904b-bbd8b41e3267.amp.html

https://www.kget.com/news/the-life-of-veteran-musician-larry-petree/
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Billy McCombs


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Bakersfield California, USA
Post  Posted 24 Aug 2022 12:36 pm     Larry P
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I’ve known Larry 40+ years he sold me my first Steel and four more after that . He was a good man. So tragic how this happened he was on his way to a gig. Peace my friend.
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Lynn Stafford


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Post  Posted 24 Aug 2022 1:31 pm     Larry Petree
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Gosh, such sad and tragic news to learn of Larry and Bettys passing. Larry and I became friends over the last 15 years or so, although we never had the chance to meet one another in person. He was always so very soft-spoken and kind. Such a fine, fine and very talented gentleman. He will surely be missed by many!

My deepest condolences to all of his friends and family.
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Bill Flores

 

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Ventura, California, USA
Post  Posted 24 Aug 2022 9:22 pm     Bakersfield Great Larry Petree
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Larry put knee levers on my first good steel, a Blanton, in the 80's..just a super nice guy and a great repairman.
RIP
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Andy Sandoval


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Bakersfield, California, USA
Post  Posted 25 Aug 2022 9:41 am    
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I'll always remember Larry and Betty like this




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Rick Schmidt


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Prescott AZ, USA
Post  Posted 25 Aug 2022 11:58 am    
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So sad to hear this! Always loved Larry! RIP
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J R Rose


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Keota, Oklahoma, USA
Post  Posted 25 Aug 2022 6:14 pm    
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I never got to meet Larry but had several dealings with him and talked to him on the phone a few times. Very nice person to deal with and I soon found out he new everyone in Bakersfield.
All of the history of Bakersfield and all the pickers. A very wonderful man. RIP Larry. J.R. Rose
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Craig Stock


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Westfield, NJ USA
Post  Posted 26 Aug 2022 3:00 am    
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RIP Larry!

This article was in the New York Post this morning (Friday)

https://nypost.com/2022/08/26/california-musician-larry-petree-wife-betty-found-dead-in-mojave-desert/

Another story poted on Savincountrymusic.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4YYx6Wn1HY
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Paul Sutherland

 

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Placerville, California
Post  Posted 26 Aug 2022 9:52 am    
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I never met Larry in person, but I communicated with him a couple times through the forum. He was very pleasant and helpful.

I wish our paths had crossed. This is truly a tragic story.

Be careful out there.
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Ross Shafer


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Petaluma, California
Post  Posted 26 Aug 2022 3:52 pm    
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Very sorry to hear this, such a tragedy. RIP Betty and Larry!
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Tony Prior


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Charlotte NC
Post  Posted 27 Aug 2022 12:38 am    
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wow-- so sorry to learn of this news, RIP Larry and Betty. Sad
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Chance Wilson


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California, USA
Post  Posted 27 Aug 2022 9:19 am    
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This is so sad and unexpected. We hadn't been to visit since covid and were just planning on dropping in next month. I think the first time we hung out in person was when he was selling his Bigsby to someone in San Diego and he stopped to do a gig at the Doll Hut. His Mondays with Red at Trout's were one of the only regular things I could count on when I was touring with various folks. We're really going miss you Larry.
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Greg Vincent


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Folsom, CA USA
Post  Posted 29 Aug 2022 11:56 am    
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My goodness… rest peacefully, Larry and Betty.
Larry helped me immensely when I was starting out on the pedal steel, and he sold me two fabulous Emmons guitars. His friendship meant so much to me as a budding steeler.

A true gentleman.
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post  Posted 20 Sep 2022 12:51 pm    
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Very sad. What a great guy. I did exactly one gig with Larry, and he treated me like an old friend. Inspired me to finally get offa my six-string butt and start playing steel, too. I will never forget that day. Thank you, and RIP Mr. Petree.
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Danny Bates

 

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Fresno, CA. USA
Post  Posted 19 Nov 2022 2:15 pm    
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I met him a few times when I was playing at Bucks club. He was a super nice guy. RIP Larry
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Doug Jones


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Oregon & Florida
Post  Posted 22 Nov 2022 9:58 am    
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Although I never met Larry in person, we had a friendship of over 20 years of telephone conversations and a few steel guitar sales dealings. Of my handful of Bakersfield connections all held Larry in high regard. A gentleman and great loss to our steel guitar community.
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Jon Logan


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Texas, USA
Post  Posted 24 Jan 2023 3:34 pm     Larry Petree
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Long time since nights at the Blackboard,,,, sad news
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