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Paul McEvoy

 

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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 4:31 am    
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I sold my pedal steel after having it for about a year (practiced it seriously for 5 months or so but I'm trying to be good on the armpit guitar and it just wasn't happening with the two of them). The pedal steel took me away from the lap steel, but I think the lap steel is doable still.

But I haven't really touched it in a year.

Would you mind posting your current personal favorite non-pedal track or video to get me excited about the lap steel again? I haven't really paid it any attention. I have a really nice 8 string and a new set of strings and I should get back to it.

Thanks!
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Nic Neufeld


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 4:44 am    
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If I have to choose one, this is it for me. It isn't on Youtube by itself but is wedged in between Andy Iona's original and Jerry Byrd's cover. "Sand" as played by Jules Ah See on the Hawaii Calls album "Hawaiian Shores".

https://youtu.be/5C-CZpK7lNU?t=178

In B11 tuning (with a secondary neck I believe, modified C6 / CMaj7 tuning for accents).
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Mitch Drumm

 

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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 4:46 am    
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Start here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8IDSA39zzw
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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 4:59 am    
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There are way too many to have favourites. Here's one I like a whole lot, George de Fretes, Royal Hawaiian Hula.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIre1ubA8qc
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Jack Hanson


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 5:41 am    
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIXwOnhoWhg
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Nic Neufeld


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 6:09 am    
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Jack Hanson wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIXwOnhoWhg


Love that intro vamp...its one my teacher uses a lot, and one of the first versions I know if is from Jules on the Alfred Apaka song "In A Hawaiian Village" (this isn't a good sounding version, can barely hear the steel): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LxY0uYvHXs

The rest of the song shares a whole lot harmonically with "Sweet Someone". But Sweet Someone was copyrighted a good decade after Chlo-e (Song of the Swamp), so they got there first!
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Kirk Francis


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 10:00 am     favorite non-pedal steel track
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bobby ingano w/ uncle george doing "waipio".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DRrAlXjeVI
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Rick Barnhart


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 11:34 am    
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Look up anything by Doug Beaumier.
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Philip Ward

 

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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 1:37 pm     Lap steel
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For versatility and inspiration listen to this Eharp by Claude Brownell, just no sound like it in my opinion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MhnfJc79Oo&feature=youtu.be

Here is another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoDgTCDHCOw


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Tom Wolverton


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 2:02 pm    
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How about Dark Circles by Jeremy Wakefield? A lovely, haunting tune.

https://youtu.be/28HcacdZcTY
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Scott Akers


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 6:34 pm    
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It would be difficult to pick one favorite, but this one at :53 hits the spot.

https://youtu.be/m5MN8wiUUFk
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Joel Bloom


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2020 10:27 pm    
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Greg Leisz's Santo & Johnny
tribute is a beauty!

https://youtu.be/NaXC8UuiU4E
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Tom Snook

 

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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 2:02 am    
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How does one post vids?I've always wanted to, but don't know how. Can I do it with my Galaxy tab A,or do I have to use a computer?
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Douglas Schuch


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 3:46 am    
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Wow! Some great tunes suggested. I'll add a few.

Jules Ah See, "Hula Blues" https://youtu.be/5KOL-UIiMOE

Someone mentioned Greg Leisz. I think his work on Michelle Shocked's version of "To Be A Cat" is great - unfortunately not currently on youtube (or not here in the Philippines, anyway, so check from your location) but on Spotify.

Also, his playing on KD Lang's version of "Three Days" is excellent as well. https://youtu.be/JMOfGdobyxQ

Tom Morrell's album Wolf Tracks is loaded with Western Swing instrumentals, all on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rMJPCMQyBc&list=OLAK5uy_k46iR9JtIIQoaqZF4_BV8fzlbXLfy4hYw

It should be mentions that these make great inspiration, but are not very practical novice level songs.
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 3:54 am    
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So many great performances. Here are a few that come to mind today. Tomorrow, it might be another list ....

John Ely:
http://www.hawaiiansteel.com/media/newsletter/FlamingoNewsletterAudio.mp3

Cindy Cashdollar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q46Qu9DpzTs

Tom Morrell:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlloL13HmYw

Kayton Roberts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMr1WHtXJbc

The Vanduras (Gary Brandon):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAGznOOD-I8&list=PLol0eBsZhgMaCE347UvQwt8sXXdP_IbFQ&index=10

Mike Neer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW2roKoxCtM&list=OLAK5uy_lxyaxsZovLMX-_qmGk3t16SmjfWsioK-4&index=8

Johnny Bellar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4yHqH1hRSc

Jerry Byrd:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1j1v-T36LQ&t=89s
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Glenn Wilde

 

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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 4:14 am    
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This one still gets me, its really some of the first straight up steel i ever paid attention to. I was mainly into blues and found the Rounder record in the library, it was the perfect way in.
https://youtu.be/q0rUxL5Q3ts
I had no idea such stuff existed, this is not what my 18 year old mind thought of when i heard the term Hawaiian guitar.
https://youtu.be/t4mZKrvXNmc
This was some eye opening guitar playing!
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Jack Hanson


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 4:39 am    
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Jack Hanson wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIXwOnhoWhg

That was yesterday. Today, it could be this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rNe2sf_-o0
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Dave Mudgett


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 7:48 am    
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And for something a little different than what I'm seein' here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4bG-t5iUe0
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Paul McEvoy

 

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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 8:08 am    
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Thanks guys. This is great. Digging through all this now.
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 9:24 am    
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I love surf lap steel and Doug's tone and feel are just great on this one ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W82dYp-odi4
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Nic Neufeld


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 9:45 am    
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Jack that version of Tenderly is amazing!

OK, with others posting multiple I feel I've got air cover to post a few others.

Andy Iona's rendition of Carefree is mostly single note but he makes the instrument sing. Love JB, who I consider my "grand-teacher" (tutu kumu?), but Iona's version leaves me breathless sometimes...has an emotional, almost vocal quality.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzLSRu7K5pk

Been spinning this whole mini album a lot recently:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hkeu8wjVMg

Santo Farina...he just had a touch. Very hard to imitate.
Similar to what I said about Andy Iona, he really sang through the instrument:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkLEH9pJLdk

Herb Remington on Stardust (heavily influenced my version, I try to do that slant,straight,reverse,straight thing he does):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqxlRFgzGPw

As I alluded to earlier, I'm a fan of just about everything Jules Ah See put to tape (even...no, especially...No Huhu Very Happy ). This is a great quick version of Hi'ilawe. Mainly notable for that middle section breakdown, where he solos without striking the strings at all, just exciting the string into vibrating by bar vibrato alone, apparently! Neat trick but I'm not able to do it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmT1zGjbIDk

Left field warning...big fan of Larkin Poe and this is a rare early track. Single note again (as is her usual style) but very cool groove they put together on this one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLykXcLul7E

And for a few ones from among us that inspire me...pretty much anything Sebastian records is sublime:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA2uyFjBtfg

Same for Paolo and Lou:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQTL-WNmT1o
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Mitch Drumm

 

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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 11:41 am    
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Here's a second version of Noel doing "Tenderly".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk4nIiQhTbU
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 11:43 am    
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Nic the Iona version of Carefree IS amazing. I've enjoyed that one for years. At times, Iona had almost a 19th century conception of vibrato. I hear the same thing in Sidney Bechet's playing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsJx97JWxrc

That middle section in the Jules cut is way cool! I downloaded that LP a while back but never really listened to it.

A few more from me ...

Another Santo fan here. His touch and tone are very difficult to imitate and produce a really haunting quality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILtcQnbo0nE

Only Barney could make a Dobro feel like an electric steel. Sublime stuff! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKY7BCMxXIA

I despise Brozman-the person, and have mixed feelings about Brozman-the musician and I usually actively ignore his music, but Debashish's playing on this record remains musically sublime.

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

Ed Gerhard's House of Guitars is a hidden gem. He used Pawnshop instruments and didn't even change strings!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B0m6SFfXs8

I love Joaquin's sound on this record. He's playing pedals here but their use is subtle and minimal.

https://b0blee.bandcamp.com/album/hawaii-forever

Because of his Dobro background, Jerry Douglas approaches lap steel a bit differently than most. I always liked this cut.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQTuc83ZxHc

Tom Morrell lays down the gauntlet on this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXkuSORjoqY

I adore his fire-breather's but I really love Speedy West on slow tunes (yeah, pedals):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iOxi3fCo1c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRl9HHwwzc0
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Bill Brunt

 

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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 4:04 pm    
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Gonna be hard to beat Doug on this one:

https://www.google.com/search?q=doug+beaumier+ghost+riders+in+the+sky&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS870US872&oq=doug+beaumier+ghost&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0.12047j0j7&hl=en-US&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

...or James Kerr, playing the only nonpedal version I have found of Sweet Memories:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOxcQ7uGVjg
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Paul McEvoy

 

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Post  Posted 14 Jul 2020 4:31 pm    
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The judges have agreed multiples are allowed.
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