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Chris Bauer


From:
Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 6:49 am     Reply with quote

Looking for your help with memory jogs and eye-openers here...

On very short notice, I have to prep for a radio show interview on steel guitar in cowboy music. I have my own list of what feels historically significant but know my memory (or lack of it) well enough to know that I'm surely leaving out some combination of significant songs and players.

What events and which songs/players are on your list of what the non-steel-playing public ought to know?

Thanks!
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Mitch Drumm


From:
Frostbite Falls, hard by Veronica Lake
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 8:27 am     Reply with quote

Sons Of The Pioneers, with either Noel Boggs or Sam Koki on steel.

Roy Rogers with Joaquin Murphey, Speedy West, Noel Boggs, or Jimmy Colvard

Dale Evans with Noel Boggs and Joaquin

Rex Allen with Jerry Byrd.

Foy Willing with Freddie Tavares.

Andy Parker and The Plainsmen with Joaquin.

Shug Fisher and The Ranchmen Trio with Joaquin.

Possibly Jimmy Wakely with Noel Boggs or Pete Martinez if you call Wakely "cowboy" rather than pop or country.

I guess not Marty Robbins with Byrd as that stuff was Hawaiian.

I can think of other possibilities, but they veer more toward western swing or country.
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John Mulligan


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Ontario, Canada
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 11:09 am     Reply with quote

There is enough history in this question to inspire a book. Has anyone written this book yet?
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Chris Bauer


From:
Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 11:49 am     Reply with quote

Mitch - Thanks! Shug was a new one for me and I'm embarrassed that I don't recall knowing that it was Tavares with Foy Willing. Greatly appreciated both additions to my list!

John - I agree. And if that book has been written, I sure haven't seen it.
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 2:25 pm     Reply with quote

Did Jim Colvard play steel too? Al Udeen would know.
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Mitch Drumm


From:
Frostbite Falls, hard by Veronica Lake
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 2:35 pm     Reply with quote

Jack:

Although that's an unusual name, it's not the same guy as the hot guitar player from around Minneapolis.

This Colvard was active on steel as far back as 1940.

Maybe related? Father and son for all I know.

Take a whiff on this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MDhuvtfgPw

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f_RyuLrBB4
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 3:32 pm     Reply with quote

Sorry Chris, I didn't mean to hijack your thread.

Mitch, thanks for the links. Jim Colvard was one of my idols when I was a kid in the Twin Cities. Who'd a thunk there were two different Jimmy Colvards, even though they're of different generations. I, too, wonder if there is any relation.

Al?
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Anthony Lis


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South Dakota, USA
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 6:51 pm     Reply with quote

Cliff Carlisle accompanying Jimmie Rodgers on "When the Cactus is in Bloom" (1931, was it?) Early example of a "life-on-the-trail" song in "pop" music. Carlisle's break—where he simply renders the song's melody—is quite beautiful.
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Bill Creller


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Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 6 Dec 2017 6:49 pm     Reply with quote

Somewhere around here, I have a 78 that was recorded/cut from the radio. It's Jimmy Wakely, with Jerry Byrd on steel...
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