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Jeff Garden


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Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, USA
Post  Posted 13 May 2018 2:35 pm    
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I just wanted to put in a good word for our own Ricky D. You know I love that Texas honky tonk steel and Ricky kills it. Along with his outstanding work with Weldon Henson, his playing with Miss Leslie and the Juke Jointers is the real deal. TONS of steel and an encyclopedia of intros, breaks, and fills to build your chops.

Check out Miss Leslie's "Wrong Is What I Do Best" and "Between The Whiskey and The Wine" CD's.

Here's a sample of Ricky's breaks...

"Wrong Is What I Do Best"
nice break at 0:55 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-sLZJli9ls

"I Need Me a Whole Lot More Than I Need You"
and another nice break at 1:20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QYkvKf_YAk

"Talk To Me Lonesome"
break at 1:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9bqRrFnS2I

Thanks for the music, Ricky!!
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Joseph Napolitano


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New Jersey, USA
Post  Posted 13 May 2018 6:31 pm    
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Wow!
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Rick Abbott


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Indiana, USA
Post  Posted 13 May 2018 6:42 pm    
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Ricky is obviously on par with some of the best players ever. Gosh, he makes that old Bud sound like is was meant to! AND, he is probably the top Bud mechanic today.
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Tommy Detamore


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Post  Posted 14 May 2018 3:58 am    
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Ricky is a monster! I wish I knew what he forgot...which is not much, if anything! Wink
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Bill Terry


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Bastrop, TX
Post  Posted 14 May 2018 4:37 am    
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Ricky was one of the first steel players I ran into when I moved to the Austin area in '95. Besides being a great player, he's also an all-around good guy and an excellent teacher. I took a couple of lessons where he straightened out some bad habits; right hand position, etc. that were invaluable. Thanks again Ricky!
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Floyd Lowery


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Deland, Florida, USA
Post  Posted 14 May 2018 5:42 am    
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Very Happy I love listening to Ricky play and this music is the type of Country music I want to hear. I stopped turning on the so called Country music stations a long time ago along with the so called CMA awards shows. Too much awful stuff to plow through to hear maybe one Alan Jackson. Texas I am convinced is putting out the best new Country with top notch talent like this.
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Don Kuhn


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Poetry/Terrell ,Texas, USA
Post  Posted 14 May 2018 7:19 am    
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So let's move Real Country Music to the big State of Texas and the Hell with those Nashville Rappers.
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post  Posted 14 May 2018 9:09 am    
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Wow; thanks Jeff for your super nice words and music presentation of the music me and Leslie did together. But when you hear all the music off those two CD's...well that was "Tommy Detamore" that recorded and produced it, in his studio..and when you have two steel players working/producing together....well there ya go...> and Tommy; I got most everything I know from the great steel players I always listened to.....and YOU are one of my long time mentors....Bless you.
Bill; we go a long ways back...I'll never forget our first times together; sharing/learning this steel guitar stuff...awesome.
Thanks all ya'll for the supportive words... and did anyone catch that song Jeff posted: "I need me a whole lot more than I need you"?? Me and Tommy thought it would be cool to record me playing two parts played together; like Hughey and Garrish used to do....Like I did here on this title track of the first recording at Tommy Detamore's...this is me playing the same intro recorded twice..; two steels playing the same thing...>

https://youtu.be/KcAD-WhSfdg
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Bill Terry


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Bastrop, TX
Post  Posted 14 May 2018 9:19 am    
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Hey Ricky, you remember that Johnny Paycheck record you gifted me at out first lesson? The Real Mr. Heartache? LOL.. I think your words were "Go learn to play that, and you'll be a steel player.".. good advice then and now. I've still got that CD BTW, and it's in the regular rotation. Smile
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post  Posted 14 May 2018 9:38 am    
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Yes indeed Bill; I certainly remember giving it to you with that quote...because I learned as much of the Lloyd Green stuff as I could off it...to become the steel player I am. Matter of fact...here is me playing a Dale Watson song that I totally swiped a Lloyd Green intro and style from...and it's a video nobody in America has seen..as it was in Australia we recorded on a TV show..ha...but you can see/hear me play with some of that enthusiasm that I gave you that CD>
(it's in my facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/ricky.davis.378/videos/10150717548734101/

and another song from that show...some of the fastest lloyd Green snappy pickin style I could muster up>

https://www.facebook.com/ricky.davis.378/videos/10150717530009101/
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Dave Campbell


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Nova Scotia, Canada
Post  Posted 14 May 2018 1:34 pm    
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big ricky davis fan right here.
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Larry Dering


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Missouri, USA
Post  Posted 15 May 2018 3:01 pm    
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Ricky does it right with county soul. Big fan here too.
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post  Posted 15 May 2018 7:23 pm    
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Thanks Dave and Thanks Larry; I appreciate ya'lls supportive words.
Ricky
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Clyde Mattocks


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Kinston, North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 16 May 2018 7:02 pm    
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Thats gittin' 'er done Ricky!
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Keith Hilton


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Post  Posted 16 May 2018 7:21 pm    
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I like Ricky's playing
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post  Posted 16 May 2018 8:38 pm    
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Thanks Clyde and Keith; those are mighty nice words coming from two awesome musicians as yourselves.
Ricky
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Bobby Nelson


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North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 17 May 2018 8:37 am    
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All of these cuts are just killer Ricky! Ya know, if country & western music wasn't in the shambles it's in, I bet Dale would be one of the music business's current Waylons or Johnnys. It's a shame but it seems like things are still alive and proper in TX.
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post  Posted 17 May 2018 12:15 pm    
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Thanks Bobby; and you know I dropped out of Dale Watson's band in 2002. But yes; shambles it is....but we still get by on great music here in Texas....all the time; we don't need top 40 at all.
Ricky
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Bobby Nelson


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Post  Posted 17 May 2018 1:20 pm    
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Yeah, I knew you weren't with him in a while Ricky - but loved the stuff you did with him. And, God bless Texas - I should have moved there in 1980 like I'd planned to. The music scene has always been real and vibrant.
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Doug Earnest


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Branson, MO USA
Post  Posted 17 May 2018 2:19 pm    
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I enjoy your playing a great deal Ricky, although I have only heard twenty or so songs with you (and that is strictly my own fault and something I must remedy!). I don't know how much is natural talent and how much is sheer discipline and effort of learning but it sure all pays off. I would just as soon hear you play as Lloyd, Buddy, Weldon, Dickey or any of the other "masters". That's as nice a compliment as I know how to give, and I put Tommy Detamore right in that same category. Keep it up, and thank you!
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Bobby Nelson


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North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 17 May 2018 2:58 pm    
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I agree with Doug on all counts. I can be very guilty of not listening to current players - kinda stuck in the time before 1977. Everything of yours I have listened to is top notch - in fact I shared one of your tunes with a friend today. And I also always enjoy your posting as well.
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Edward Rhea


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Medford Oklahoma, USA
Post  Posted 17 May 2018 6:52 pm    
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WOW! Well said Doug...wish I could have thought of that compliment, because it’s completely accurate!
Thanks for sharing those clips of you & Dale, Ricky! I’m not on Facebook, so I never would’ve seen them otherwise? Great thread!
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post  Posted 17 May 2018 7:07 pm    
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OH thanks so much Doug and again Bobby; ya'll are so supportive no matter how many songs you hear. And thanks Eddie...you are too cool....and ok here's one that me and Dale swing and play twin parts and I play the C6 pedal steel and stand up and play a stringmaster tuned to D13...yeehaa.

https://www.facebook.com/ricky.davis.378/videos/10150717542619101/

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Herb Steiner


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Post  Posted 19 May 2018 5:08 pm    
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Information for those who wonder what Dale is talking about in that excellent video Ricky just posted. Lloyd Cross was a hatmaker here in Austin who designed a unique crease for his custom hat customers. I think Dale had one at the time.
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Brendan Mitchell


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Melbourne Australia
Post  Posted 19 May 2018 6:05 pm    
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I saw that tv showRicky , Studio 22 AND we saw you and Dale at the Melbourne Showgrounds around that time . Not a great music venue but you put on a great show .
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