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Neal Vosberg


From:
Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 8 Jun 2018 8:02 pm     Reply with quote

I know I've already posted about Ben, but I keep coming back to him as being my biggest inspiration on the steel. He was a master of understatement. Anyone have any Ben Keith lore? Any Ben Keith-isms they employ in their own playing?
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gary pierce


From:
Rossville TN
Post Posted 9 Jun 2018 4:14 am     Reply with quote

Neal, I agree Ben was a tasteful player, and I was so glad to get to meet him, and Kris Kristofferson in Memphis, while they were working on Jerry Lee Lewis's last album.
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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 9 Jun 2018 4:24 am     Reply with quote

Ben played some great pedal steel guitar on Anne Murray's version of Danny's Song ,it's on YouTube!
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Rick Jackson


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Carson City, Nevada
Post Posted 9 Jun 2018 6:36 am     Reply with quote

Also, a lot of great Faron Young live and radio shows!!
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 9 Jun 2018 8:52 am     Reply with quote

I got to hang out with Ben for a day back when he looked like this. He was playing great even then (as one of Faron Young's Deputies.)

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Neal Vosberg


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 9 Jun 2018 7:46 pm     Reply with quote

It's tough because although he was very prolific, it's almost more about his note choice, and when he decided to play in the song. I don't neccesarily associate a certain technique to his playing as you would someone like Mooney.

I've just always appreciated his playing. Subtle, tasteful and always fits the mood. Much like my taste in six string players. Never got off on solos or overplaying, but a four note fill can completely elevate a song. Ben was a master, but he's tough to emulate.
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Tommy Detamore


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Floresville, Texas
Post Posted 10 Jun 2018 11:29 am     Reply with quote

FWIW Darrell McCall (third from left in that photo) thought the world of Ben and his playing. And Darrell is pretty picky about steel players, and kept some pretty good company (Ben, Big E, Dicky O, etc.)
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Bill Cunningham


From:
Atlanta, Ga. USA
Post Posted 10 Jun 2018 1:00 pm     Reply with quote

I have the Darrell McCall Bear Family box set and Ben Keith is on several of Darrell's 1960's sessions. Good stuff.
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