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Joe Goldmark


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Post Posted 25 Jan 2011 4:32 pm     Reply with quote

Steeler: Buddy Charleton
Artist: Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadours
CD Title: Almost To Tulsa - The Instrumentals
Tunes: Almost To Tulsa, Waltz Across Texas
Label: Bear Family, originally Decca
Year: 1965

http://www.vinylbeat.com/forum/05AlmostToTulsa.m4a

http://www.vinylbeat.com/forum/16WaltzAcrossTexas.m4a

I am happy to honor a request for some Buddy Charleton music. I never met him, but have seen him play with the TTs, and he's one of my idols. Also, in the mid '90s, I sent out an SOS to many pickers to try and buy some retired Nudie suits and the like for my band, Mental Revenge. Buddy was the only guy to come to the rescue, and we proudly wore a hodge podge of ET suits. San Francisco has never been the same! BTW, Gary Claxton, who recently passed, was the singer in that band, and Jim Campilongo was on guitar.

Most of us have heard and play, or try to play these two tunes. I usually try to find obscure tunes to present, but I kept coming back to these chestnuts to show the two sides of Buddy; the hot C6 and the gorgeous E9. For you newbies, pay attention!

Joe


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Cal Sharp


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Post Posted 25 Jan 2011 5:37 pm     Reply with quote

Nice! That half-pedal on WAT is probably where I learned it.
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Frank Estes


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Huntsville, AL
Post Posted 25 Jan 2011 7:12 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for posting these. One of my first steel guitar instrumental purchases was Buddy's "Almost to Tulsa" that was part of Tom Bradshaw's cassette club. The bio notes were real interesting.
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Billy Wilson


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El Cerrito, California, USA
Post Posted 25 Jan 2011 7:47 pm     Reply with quote

Nice!!
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Joe Goldmark


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San Francisco, CA 94131
Post Posted 25 Jan 2011 8:01 pm     Reply with quote

Hey Cal,

Me too! It was the chromatic 1st string after the half pedal that killed me. His playing is just so musical.

Joe
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Ian Miller


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Portland, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 25 Jan 2011 8:16 pm     Re: Tunes Of The Week #4 - Buddy Charleton Reply with quote

Joe Goldmark wrote:
Also, in the mid '90s, I sent out an SOS to many pickers to try and buy some retired Nudie suits and the like for my band, Mental Revenge. Buddy was the only guy to come to the rescue, and we proudly wore a hodge podge of ET suits. San Francisco has never been the same! BTW, Gary Claxton, who recently passed, was the singer in that band, and Jim Campilongo was on guitar.



Are there pictures? I would LOVE to see this!!

Thanks for posting such great tracks, Buddy is one of my top favorites.
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Joe Goldmark


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Post Posted 25 Jan 2011 9:41 pm     Reply with quote



Ian,

Be careful of what you wish for! If you're a big fan of ET, you'll see three different outfits that are shown on various ET album covers. We were a motley crew, but definitely game. Thanks again to Buddy for parting with these threads. I think at the time that he was plenty sick of the road, and didn't want stuff around to remind him.

Joe
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Ian Miller


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Post Posted 25 Jan 2011 11:01 pm     Reply with quote

I love it!! Thanks, Mr. Goldmark! Very Happy
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Craig Stock


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Westfield, NJ USA
Post Posted 26 Jan 2011 5:16 am     Reply with quote

Joe, Where are the suits now?, do you still have any of them or does Marty Stuart own them now Laughing
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Don McClellan


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Post Posted 26 Jan 2011 6:22 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Joe, Beautiful pickin'. Don
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Cal Sharp


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Post Posted 26 Jan 2011 10:13 pm     Reply with quote

Marty's got a few.





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Mike Neer


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Post Posted 30 Jan 2011 9:11 am     Reply with quote

Joe, I really love both these tunes and especially Almost to Tulsa. I talked to Junior Brown about Buddy last year and we both agreed on his greatness.

I just finished tabbing and notating Almost To Tulsa--it's one of my favorite tunes to play.
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Joe Goldmark


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Post Posted 30 Jan 2011 10:40 pm     Reply with quote

Hey Mike,

Red Volkaert told me a while back that Jim Murphy used to play ATT on an 8 string no pedal steel! Another fantastic player. Did you tab it for no pedals?

Craig, I still have the shirts and a suit, and still wear them occasionally for gigs and loan them to band members.

Joe
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Craig Stock


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Post Posted 31 Jan 2011 5:15 am     Reply with quote

Joe, That's very cool that you still have those suits.

Do you know where we can find a copy of 'Almost to Tulsa' ?, I love that tune, please post more songs like that. If not available is it possible to download the clip you posted?
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Mike Neer


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Post Posted 31 Jan 2011 5:42 am     Reply with quote

Joe Goldmark wrote:
Hey Mike,

Red Volkaert told me a while back that Jim Murphy used to play ATT on an 8 string no pedal steel! Another fantastic player. Did you tab it for no pedals?

Craig, I still have the shirts and a suit, and still wear them occasionally for gigs and loan them to band members.

Joe


Joe, yes I did tab it for no pedals, but if you play pedal C6 you would just have to engage P6.

I'm going to try and make a recording of it today. I already did the backing tracks last night.


Craig--you want to get "Almost To Tulsa--The Instrumentals" by the Texas Troubadours. Every home should have this one.
http://www.amazon.com/Almost-Tulsa-Instrumentals-Texas-Troubadours/dp/B001DETFC6
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 31 Jan 2011 9:18 am     Reply with quote

Hey, Joe, that looks like Dustin Hoffman standing next to you in the red suit. Where was that picture taken? It looks familiar ..
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Mike Neer


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Post Posted 31 Jan 2011 11:22 am     Reply with quote

Hey Joe, here's my no pedals version:

Almost To Tulsa
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Craig Stock


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Post Posted 31 Jan 2011 1:21 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Mike for the link.

Hey Barry, I think the guy is actually Dusty Hoffman his younger brother Smile
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Joe Goldmark


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Post Posted 31 Jan 2011 7:41 pm     Reply with quote

The handsome guys in that picture are me, Chris Kee, Kenny Owen, Gary Claxton and Jim Campilongo. Barry, that was at the Stork Club in downtown Oakland mid '90s. They're technically still around but they moved. It was always Christmas there. I'm guessing that you managed to miss that one.

Ken, good job on ATT. Nice that you play your solo. When I play it I try and cop Buddy's solo, cause it's so cool, but I probably should play an original one.

IMO, ATT is one of the greatest steel instrumentals.

Joe
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