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James Quillian


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Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 11:50 am    
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One of the things I have learn to appreciate is a minimalist pedal steel player.

The best one I can think of was Don Warden who played with Porter Wagoner. There are a lot of songs that have a small steel presence, but the song would never sell without the steel guitar part.

Who are some others?

I would not call Jimmy Day a minimalist but he never wasted a lick by putting one where it didn't belong.
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Donny Hinson


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Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 12:40 pm    
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I think that both Red Rhodes and B.J. Cole would fit into that category. Here's two songs illustrating both Red and B.J. doing what they do best:

Red -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gQWfUtrUrA

B.J. -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBWfUc5jKiM
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Bob Carlucci


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Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 1:33 pm    
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Me.... Done lots of sessions over the years, some of them pretty good... however the steel parts were always cut/edited/deleted/attenuated/adjusted/fixed/manhandled until they were quite minimalist despite my annnoyance... bob
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K Maul


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Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 1:36 pm    
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I qualify for that catagory!
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Craig Bailey


Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 2:01 pm    
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I qualify too but it is because of my lack of ability!!!
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Pete Burak


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Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 5:59 pm    
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How about Mike Daly from George Straight's gigging band?

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Harry Dove


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Edmore, Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 6:22 pm    
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The first guy I thought of was Pete Drake. I know he did a lot of the studio work for Porter Wagoner.
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Tommy Allison


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Transfer, Pennsylvania, USA
Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 6:23 pm    
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Norm Hamlet.
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Joseph Napolitano


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New Jersey, USA
Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 6:44 pm    
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Ben Keith
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Per Berner


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Skövde, Sweden
Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 11:17 pm    
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Lloyd Green's work with Don Williams and Crystal Gayle comes to mind.
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Bill Miller


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Gaspe, Quebec, Canada
Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 6:01 am    
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Dan Dugmore has a very sparse, tasteful approach.
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Per Berner


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Skövde, Sweden
Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 7:04 am    
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...Russ Pahl on most Patty Loveless albums is also a typical example of "less is more". Very tasteful.
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Barry Blackwood


Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 8:49 am    
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The first guy I thought of was Pete Drake.


Harry, really? Confused Laughing
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Tony Glassman


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Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 9:01 am    
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Another vote for Pete Drake. He always played just enough.
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Glenn Suchan


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Austin, Texas
Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 12:02 pm    
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Donny Hinson wrote:
I think that both Red Rhodes and B.J. Cole would fit into that category. Here's two songs illustrating both Red and B.J. doing what they do best:

Red -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gQWfUtrUrA

B.J. -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBWfUc5jKiM



Thanks, Donny - good examples. Here are two more from the same:

Red Rhodes with Mike Nesmith (live) from the Zigag Concert
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bany2-9u7Fg

BJ Cole from Joan Armatrading's eponymous album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7147pAjGbpU

Keep on picking'!
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