I started playing Steel in 1975 when I heard Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on Steely Dan's "Can't Buy a Thrill". That sound! There was nothing else like it. I was hooked! From then on and right up to today, the Pedal Steel is my weapon of choice. The rest of the arsenal has 6 string electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel, Dobro and a bit of mandolin.
Over the years I have been in and out of local and regional bands from Buffalo, NY, where I grew up, to the Carolina's, where I live now. I have had the good fortune to share the stage with world class musicians and artists. I have opened for Reba, Sara Evans, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and John Cowan to name a few.
After nearly 30 years of smoke filled clubs, I traded that for tour and session work and a much lighter play schedule. The hours are better and no one smokes in the studio. How cool is that?
Most of the time in a session, I'm given some "artistic freedom" as to what I play and I thank the producers for their trust in my judgement. The song clips "Far Away" and "Oh Katrina" are two good examples of that. Both of those songs have haunting lyrics, so why not a haunting steel guitar? I'm equally at home taking direction from the artist or producer on a given project. David Tomaloff wanted a Byrds "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" sound for "The Losing Kind". Randolph Lewis wanted steel for Lindsay Ryan's project but "not too much twang and bend" . New Country, Inspirational, Americana, Swing, I enjoy playing all styles.
Thanks to Vintage Guitar Magazine(Nov.) for the nice words in the Bill Noonan CD review. Even though you guys spelled my name wrong, I'll still read your publication. :-)
Thanks also to Brian Doyle who recorded Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgearld". This is one of my all time favorite songs and I always wanted the opportunity to record it. We did this "live" at Old House Studios which means that everyone tracked at the same time....almost unheard of in todays digital world. We got it in 3 or 4 takes. I've put a clip of it in the back.
The guys of Time Sawyer have asked me back to play on their 4th CD being produced by The Steep Canyon Rangers and I also enjoy sitting in with the band when our schedules allow. Check these guys out when they are in your area.
A special shout out and thank you to my friends at Gibson Nashville Artist Relations who always provide superb equipment for me whenever I'm in Music City.
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