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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 29 Dec 2017 9:57 pm     Reply with quote

I guess everybody knows his guitar work with the Hellecasters, Desert Rose Band, his musical diversity, gypsy jazz and many other areas. I was just watching an airing of Michael Johnathan's Woodsongs with Jorgenson's bluegrass band J2B2.

They mentioned his resume included instruments dobro and pedal steel among everything else on the planet.

Anybody have any examples of his pedal steel work? I don't think I ever knew that he played.
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post Posted 29 Dec 2017 11:31 pm     Reply with quote

Jerry, I was searching my memory for half an hour on which Elton John album I heard him play steel on one track. It was most probably "The Captain And The Kid". I tried to find it amongst the songs that are all on U- tube. I'm to exhausted to look any longer.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 29 Dec 2017 11:39 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Joachim. I found your yt link in this thread, but the video is blocked. I'll look around some tomorrow.
https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=254416&highlight=john+jorgenson
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 30 Dec 2017 12:07 am     Reply with quote

Hope this works!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcGT9wTpCn8
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John Brabant


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Post Posted 30 Dec 2017 8:14 am     Reply with quote

John played a black single neck Emmons PP when he toured with Elton. He told me that JayDee gave him some instruction on playing steel and no doubt on the mechanics of the PP. Maybe we should see if we can get him to show up for the Dallas show this year?! Think I will reach out to him and see if he has any room in his busy, busy schedule. BTW, John's house has been under severe threat from the wildfires in Ventura County and had to evacuate at one point. Last I heard his house was still intact while his neighborhood burned.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 30 Dec 2017 8:15 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Joachim. Appreciate your dogged determination to find that!

That rendering from Sir Elton is one I had not heard.
Wish there had been a small steel solo, but it was very nice behind the singing.

I'll look around for some other examples too.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 30 Dec 2017 10:37 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for the update John. Hope all's well concerning the fires.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 19 Feb 2018 9:54 am     Reply with quote

Elton John with Tammy Wynette, and a little steel. Propably not played by JJ.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsAsfQp-9tQ
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Skip Edwards


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LA,CA
Post Posted 19 Feb 2018 10:12 am     Reply with quote

He's also an excellent clarinet player. No joke...
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Brint Hannay


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Maryland, USA
Post Posted 19 Feb 2018 11:44 am     Reply with quote

Yes! This album is great:

https://www.amazon.com/After-Youve-Gone-John-Jorgenson/dp/B0017L8AUI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1519069279&sr=8-8&keywords=john+jorgenson

Gypsy jazz--half with JJ on Maccaferri-style guitar, half on clarinet.
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Richard Sinkler


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aka: Rusty Strings -- Oakdale, California
Post Posted 19 Feb 2018 3:50 pm     Reply with quote

I saw him with Elton, but don't remember any steel on stage.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 19 Feb 2018 4:08 pm     Reply with quote

Nice tune with Tammy there Joachim. Yeah, that's Mr. Franklin on pedal steel according to discogs. Good listening though.
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Bob Ricker


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Post Posted 19 Feb 2018 4:42 pm     Reply with quote

I remember him playing steel on a couple Elton John songs (Tiny Dancer)during an Elton John tour in the 90's. Played guitar too of course and saxaphone.
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Mike Holder


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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 22 Feb 2018 11:55 am     Reply with quote

You can hear his great steel work on Norton Buffalo recordings & Southern Pacific, 2 great musical bands!
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Fred Treece


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Post Posted 22 Feb 2018 12:16 pm     Reply with quote

Mike Holder wrote:
You can hear his great steel work on Norton Buffalo recordings & Southern Pacific, 2 great musical bands!

John McFee played steel on Southern Pacific’s albums. I know he appeared on steel for one or more of Norton Buffalo’s recordings also. I didn’t know John Jorgenson played on any of those records.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 22 Feb 2018 12:58 pm     Reply with quote

And JJ doesn't play with the Doobies Laughing
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Fred Treece


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Post Posted 22 Feb 2018 10:35 pm     Reply with quote

Joachim Kettner wrote:
And JJ doesn't play with the Doobies Laughing

C’mon, he must have played with them at some point.
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Mike Holder


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Post Posted 23 Feb 2018 10:35 pm     Reply with quote

Sorry, I was thinking of John McFee instead, my mistake!
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Fred Treece


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Post Posted 24 Feb 2018 8:23 am     Reply with quote

Mike Holder wrote:
Sorry, I was thinking of John McFee instead, my mistake!

That’s okay, I also often find myself thinking “what would John McFee do here?” Then I remember, oh wait I don’t play that instrument. Or that instrument. Or that one, etc....
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Mike Holder


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Post Posted 24 Feb 2018 8:35 am     Reply with quote

They’re both such great musicians it isn’t hard to mistake one for the other.
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Fred Treece


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Post Posted 24 Feb 2018 9:12 am     Reply with quote

Mike Holder wrote:
They’re both such great musicians it isn’t hard to mistake one for the other.

Yes. They are two great guitarists who, if they chose to do so, could do an entire album of killer instrumental tunes without ever playing their guitars. But they wouldn’t do that to us... would they? They could call it Shut Up And Don’t Play That Darn Guitar Either.
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 24 Feb 2018 9:42 am     Reply with quote

John McFee is a Moby Grape fan. I read that in an interview.
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Redd V


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Cedar Creek, Texas
Post Posted 26 Feb 2018 8:24 am     Reply with quote

I just saw this on a Facebook post . . . so it may not be true,
but said a clip from a video called "Peachtree Road" '04
And I found this was with Elton John as a limited edition cd/dvd

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