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Charles Davidson


From:
Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 13 Sep 2009 7:48 pm     Reply with quote

Was going through some things I have,nt listened to in awhile. Put Franks [MODEL T] CD in the player,then remembered how GREAT that man played.In steel circles he's not know [should be] as well as some of the big guys such as Emmons,Day,Franklin,Helms,etc. If you are a fan of the old westcoast sound. CHECK him out you won't be sorry. YOU BETCHA,DYK?BC.
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Rick Campbell


From:
Sneedville, TN, USA
Post Posted 13 Sep 2009 8:58 pm     Reply with quote

Ditto on Frank. I've picked some with Frank. I used to see him every now and then, but I haven't in several years. He repairs antique radios and he does some studio work. Frank is a super picker. Model T is one of my all time favorite steel instrumentals. He also does a great job on Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go. He lives in Greenbrier, TN close to Nick Reed. He played a Fender. I sit down behind it and it was all crazy tunings and copedent, but he could really play it. Smile
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Paul Sutherland


From:
Placerville, California
Post Posted 13 Sep 2009 10:11 pm     Reply with quote

In the mid-70s, Frank Arnett played steel for Gene Davis at The Alamo, a nightclub in the Clairmont Bowl in San Diego. I believe it was a lengthy engagement for Frank; I know Gene Davis was there for at least a couple years.

I was given a copy of Frank's record, Model T. I recall being rather humbled, since he was so much better than me, yet I was taking his job. (The club wanted a younger band, and on that one score I had the best of Frank.) Frank was very professional with me despite the difficult circumstance. I even received a studio call from a producer that got my name from Frank after Frank left town.

Hope Frank is well and still picking that Fender.

Paul
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Charles Davidson


From:
Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 13 Sep 2009 10:47 pm     Reply with quote

I found MODEL T in a cutout bin about fifteen years ago for 99 cents, also Hank Garlands [JAZZ WINDS] for 99 cents,One of the best steel records,and the BEST jazz guitar recording of all time[just my opinion] Is that a deal or what ? YOU BETCHA,DYK?BC.
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kevin ryan


From:
San Marcos, California
Post Posted 14 Sep 2009 7:10 am     Reply with quote

Boy, I remember Frank Arnett... What an exciting player he was. Then of course there was Paul Sutherland..very exciting to listen to Paul back then. We also had guys like Dave Menefee (C6 monster)and Cosmic Ray just a monster! Now we have great players like Jerry Dawg and Ricky Schmidt...
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Greg Wisecup


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Troy, Ohio
Post Posted 14 Sep 2009 7:37 am     Reply with quote

If I'm not mistaken, this fellow has had some health issues. I believe he's the same guy our local steelguitar icon plays on his radio show.
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Cliff Trent


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Post Posted 14 Sep 2009 7:45 am     Arnett Reply with quote

I got aquainted with Frank through Bob Woods at Del City Music in OKC. I had the good forune of getting to visit with him quite a bit. His tuning was definately different!! A great player and a super guy!!
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Russ Tkac


Post Posted 16 Sep 2009 11:35 am     Frank Arnett Reply with quote



This was posted on the forum a while ago. Fender baby! Smile
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Jason Odd


From:
Stawell, Victoria, Australia
Post Posted 19 Sep 2009 6:50 pm     Reply with quote

Paul Sutherland, did you also work with Gene Davis?

Frank Arnett was also part of the band at the Nashville Nevada Club with Wynn Stewart, on the second shift with the group fronted by norm Owens.

when Mooney was "under the weather" Frank would play with Wynn, and then norm's band. what's that, like ten hours with breaks!
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Shorty Smith


From:
Columbus, Georgia, USA
Post Posted 20 Sep 2009 7:07 am     Reply with quote

Frank was a great picker, by the way Charlie, I'm still alive, haha, Shorty

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Paul Sutherland


From:
Placerville, California
Post Posted 20 Sep 2009 7:32 am     Reply with quote

Jason

I did not play with Gene Davis. I was in the Munds & Wood band that followed Gene Davis into the Alamo. I vaguely recall Gene Davis taking the stage a few times to sign a couple songs during the M&W days, but that was about it.

Paul
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Kelly Hydorn


From:
Spokane
Post Posted 20 Sep 2009 12:37 pm     Reply with quote

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FRANK WORKING FOR HANK THOMPSON IN SPOKANE WA. IN THE LATE 70's AT THE LOCAL EAGLES CLUB, AT THAT TIME HE WAS PLAYING A
D-10 MSA.
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Charles Davidson


From:
Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 20 Sep 2009 1:32 pm     Reply with quote

Hey Shorty,You took that rumor better than I would have,I was REALLY upset.Just glad that's ALL it was. By the way we will be at the casino in Shorter on Oct 1st,2nd,and third.Come see us. YOU BETCHA, DYK?BC.
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Jim Hoke


From:
Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 22 Sep 2009 10:08 am     Reply with quote

I played harmonica and rhythm guitar with Frank in Oklahoma City in the 70's. There was quite a lot of studio work around - mostly gospel and jingles. I'd have a bunch of beer in my car and we'd slip out between songs or when somebody was fixing their part and partake. I'm playing harmonica on "Model T". He was one of a handful of session steelers in OKC then, including Doug Campbell. A great guy, a real individualist, and I remember his bright, beautiful Fender tone. He'd use a capo on his steel, like dobro players do, so he could do hammer-ons and pull-offs. Great to see his name pop up on the Forum......
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Charles Davidson


From:
Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 22 Sep 2009 3:11 pm     Reply with quote

Jim,that is something to be proud of.I had NEVER heard of him untill I bought that old LP for 99 cents,The reason I bought it was the picture of Frank and his guitar on the cover.Most of the time when you buy these cut outs they suck. Any way took it home put it on the turntable,then thought WOW,what the hell is this, Some of the HOTTEST steel pickin I had ever heard. You never know when you will find a jewel in a cutout bin, One other time I lucked up found for 99 cents [in my opinion] The BEST jazz guitar album of all time, Hank Garland's Jazz Winds. YOU BETCHA, DYK?BC.
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Luke Morell


From:
Ramsey Illinois, USA Hometown of Tex Williams
Post Posted 23 Sep 2009 8:13 am     Reply with quote

Charlie, is this the same Frank Arnett? I stopped at John Daughtery's cb shop and Frank had just been there.John gave me this picture. It was June '07.


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Charles Davidson


From:
Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 23 Sep 2009 11:57 am     Reply with quote

LUKE,Yes I'm pretty sure that's Frank. He repaired CB radios I'm almost sure. If he was as good a repair man as he was a picker,then he was triple A. I'm glad I started this thread [just my opinion]But I don't think this man ever got the recognition he deserved. YOU BETCHA,DYK?BC.
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Les Green


From:
Jefferson City, MO, R.I.P.
Post Posted 23 Sep 2009 12:18 pm     Reply with quote

I was introduced to Frank's CD by my old buddy above, John Daughtery. When I first heard it I thought, man oh man, where did this guy come from? Super picker.
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Charles Davidson


From:
Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 23 Sep 2009 12:34 pm     Reply with quote

Les, That's what I thought When I first heard him,My favorite is the Model T album because I LOVE the early West coast sound.BUT his playing of country classic's is just as good as it gets. check out his [COUNTRY STEEL] album. YOU BETCHA, DYK?BC.
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Rick Campbell


From:
Sneedville, TN, USA
Post Posted 23 Sep 2009 2:44 pm     Reply with quote

Yep that's Frank. He is an expert electronics guy. He repaired an antique radio for me. I bought it at a flea market for $30. Frank got it working and looking good for another couple hundred and he say's it's worth $1000. It a rare one, built during WWII, or something like that. This was about 10 years ago. I listened to the Opry on it a few times. The radio still works great, but the Opry ???????? Smile

Every steel player should listen to Frank Arnett play. It's outstanding, and different, but very good. A lot like Mooney.


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Ken Mizell


From:
Lakeland, Florida, USA
Post Posted 24 Sep 2009 7:38 pm     Reply with quote

I have both Model T and Country Steel. Amazing recordings. Frank is pedal pumping West Coast Steel, through and through. Great stuff, and fun to listen too. You can tell he is a disciple of Ralph Mooney.
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Richard Paul


From:
Iowa USA
Post Posted 25 Sep 2009 2:09 pm     Frank Reply with quote

I got a call one day, from a friend said they were having a Jam and needed a singer. I went and Frank was on steel, first time I meet him, he was a gem to play with. I think I have some of that old tape some where. Always wondered where he was. I have one of his albums.
He was working the Clairmont Bowl at that time.
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Ken Mizell


From:
Lakeland, Florida, USA
Post Posted 25 Sep 2009 4:11 pm     Reply with quote

If you do a search on Amazon.com, you can purchase Country Steel, the entire album or individual songs as MP3 downloads. If you have never heard Frank Arnett, and like Mooney, you gotta have this stuff.

You can listen to the songs from "Country Steel" at this web site. They load one at a time. Just click on the link there in the middle of the screen.

http://lostgoldmusic.com/?p=Frank%20Arnett/Country%20Steel&option=com_zina&Itemid=62

I don't find Model T anywhere.
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Billy Tonnesen


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R.I.P., Buena Park, California
Post Posted 25 Sep 2009 8:55 pm     Reply with quote

Sometime during the middle sixties I met and watched Frank play with Gene Davis at the "Starlight Club" in Lakewood, Ca. (across the street from the Blue Bajiou. Frank really played great and knocked me out. Sometimes you just have to be at the right place at the right time. Frank should have been as famous as other well know players during this era.
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Charles Davidson


From:
Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 25 Sep 2009 10:29 pm     Reply with quote

Billy, That's what I always thought. I'm a little familar with steelers from the 40's50's 60's. But I had NEVER heard of Frank untill I bought that old LP. Sure glad I did.He impressed me more than some of the BIG names. YOU BETCHA, DYK?BC.
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