Tommy White’s SGHOF Nomination

Tom Bradshaw


Committee of the Hall of Fame
Steel Guitar Convention Board 9535 Midland Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Subject: Hall of Fame Nomination of Tommy White

Tommy White’s accomplishments over the past 38 years are detailed in the headings that follow. His accumulated “musical credentials” listed herein should confirm the profound impact he has had on the advancement of the steel guitar and his influence on the players of the instrument. During those 38 years he has projected the steel guitar as a dominant sound in Country Music.

Getting Started: Tommy White was born on January 9, 1960 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Tom White Jr., an accomplished steel guitarist. With his father teaching, Tommy quickly distinguished himself with his fast-paced proficiency, prompting some observers to view him as a child prodigy.

Tommy’s musical achievements as a youth can be documented in annual increments: At age 9 he received his first pedal steel. By 10 he was playing small clubs and other venues in and about his hometown of Louisville. By 11 he was so advanced as to be recruited by Grand Ole Opry member and star, Stu Phillips. As a member of Stu’s ensemble, he toured Michigan, playing concerts in high school auditoriums and at private parties. When 13 he was performing at steel guitar shows and other events including occasional subbing for his dad with Red and Gene Stewart, Red being the writer of “Tennessee Waltz”. That also included several performances with Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys. At 14, he was the staff steel guitarist for the Lincoln Jamboree, in Hodgenville, Kentucky, the birthplace of our 16th President. This Jamboree was, and still remains, Kentucky’s most prestigious Country Music venue, using an Opry-like format while hosting regional artists and national stars. By 15 he was giving informal lessons to local beginning steel guitarists. And at that same time, Ron Lashley of the Emmons’ Guitar Company took note of Tommy’s musical talent, producing the teenager’s first album, “Tommy White, 100 Proof Steel, Aged 15 Years”. When 16, Tommy was hired by Grammy award winner, Donna Fargo, a job that launched his professional career, leading to the accumulation of the following body of work. Mastering the steel guitar could be said to be his life’s obsession.


Tommy’s touring history has placed him in close proximity with thousands of music enthusiasts who have been exposed to the steel guitar and his mastery of it. It cannot be known how many of those enthusiasts were encouraged to also play the instrument simply because of Tommy’s performance skills with, but assuredly those skills caused all to appreciate the instrument’s capabilities and its musical potential.

With Stu Phillips, 1971-1972: (previously detailed).

With Donna Fargo, 1976-1985: Each year of his touring with Fargo brought Tommy before thousands of people at 30 to 175 different locations in the US and Canada. Notable venues included The Golden Nugget and Four Queens in Las Vegas; Gilly’s in Texas, and the Wolftrapp in Virginia. These dates also included numerous coliseums, civic centers and famous theaters coast to coast. One tour included performing with the Kansas City symphony with one of Elvis Presley’s conductors, Joe Guercio.

With The Whites and Ricky Skaggs, 1985-1993: These tours involved 100 to 150 dates a year. Although the Whites employed Tommy, Ricky Skaggs was often included as a headliner because Ricky and Sharon White were husband and wife. This touring once included a “Heads of State” dinner in Washington, D.C. Also included were many corporate events in which Skaggs was the headliner. The Whites and Donna Fargo did appear separately, but had similar touring schedules and appearance dates. Many of those dates were at the largest music festivals, one of significance being the “Jamboree in the Hills” in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Well over sixty thousand people were in attendance at each of the three appearances Tommy made there with Fargo and the Whites at that venue. With The Whites, Tommy’s concert travels also took him to

Israel, Bahrain, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, England, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

With Vince Gill, 2005-2006: This touring consisted of 10 road dates, one being at the Florida Strawberry Festival, attended by thousands. Also included were appearances at many Civic Centers, and interestingly, at private auctions. As an aside, Tommy was originally asked to join Vince Gill’s band some 18 years ago. Tommy declined the offer, but recommended John Hughey in his place. The result of that recommendation became somewhat historic, since it led to John’s recording style being closely associated with Gill.

With Steve Wariner, 2007-2008: For the past 2 years, Tommy has accepted occasional road dates with Steve, allowing him to “get out of town and have a break from my Grand Ole Opry schedule”. Steve plays about 6 dates annually, mostly in Texas. There, large dance halls draw hundreds of people, one being the “Cowboys Club” in Dallas, Texas, “which is always packed” states Tommy.


The following are the major artists with whom Tommy has recorded, being the sole steel guitarist on nearly every album on this list.

Artist or Group:

The Whites
Stonewall Jackson
Tom Stripe
Mr. Fingers
Tim Tesch
The Cox Family
Jody King
Various Artists
Various Artists
Craig Chambers
Roger Brown & Swing City The Martins
Various Artists

Tom T. Hall Pam Gadd Various Artists

Chonda Pierce
Prince Of Egypt
Various Artists
Gary Chapman
John Michael Montgomery Jeff Best

Jessica King
Jeff & Sheri Easter The Crabb Family Various Artists Ricky Lynn Gregg The Oak Ridge Boys Joe Diffie
Wendy Manley Robert Owens

Joe Nichols Bluegrass All-Stars

The Crabb Family Paul Brewster Gerald Crabb Various Artists

Album Title:

Doing It By The Book
Stonewall Jackson & & Super Friends Never Too Late
Tim Tesch
Everybody’s Reaching Out For Someone Photographs & Memories
Under The Kudzu
Chess Rhythm & Roll
Not Just Another Pretty Hat
Roger Brown & Swing City
Wherever You Are
Amazing Grace,Vol.2, “A Country

Instrument: Year

Steel 1988 Steel 1990 Dobro & Steel 1991 Steel 1992 Steel 1992 Steel 1993 Steel 1993 Dobro & Steel 1993 Steel 1994 Dobro & Steel 1995 Steel 1995 Steel 1996 Dobro & Steel 1996

Dobro & Steel 1997

Steel 1997

Steel 1998 Steel 1998 Steel 1998 Steel 1998 Lap Steel & Steel 1999

Steel 2000 Steel 2000 Steel 2000 Dobro & Steel 2000 Steel 2000 Steel 2000 Dobro & Steel 2001 Dobro & Steel 2001 Dobro & Steel 2001 Steel 2002

Steel 2002 Steel 2002 Dobro & Steel 2003

Steel 2003 Dobro, Steel & Pedalbro 2003 Dobro & Steel 2004 Dobro 2004

Salute To Gospel”
Home Grown
Awesome God, “A Tribute to Rich Mullins

Havin’ A Girls’ Night Out Original Soundtrack Through The Skies Outside

Brand New Me
Bud’s A Little Weiser Now Gift
Ordinary Day
Sessions, Vol. 2
Careful What You Wish For From The Heart
In Another World
Indigo Blue
“Love Will Find Its Way” The Best of Robert Owens Man With a Memory Bluegrass All-Stars
Play Country Classics
Crabb Collection Everybody’s Talkin’
Roads That I’ve Traveled Blues Tribute to Eric Clapton


Cary Grace Various Artists

Del Way
Joe Nichols Stephen Anthony Ray Pillow Various Artists Kenny Chesney

Various Artists Various Artists Various Artists Various Artists Various Artists Various Artists Various Artists Various Artists Cirrha Niva
The Crabb Family Various Artists McRaes

Various Artists Danney Ball Various Artists Various Artists The Crabb Family

The Crabb Family

Various Artists Pam Tillis

Pat Waters Austins Bridge

Various Artists Various Artists

David Ball
Sherry Lynn
Jerry Adams
Karen Peck & New River Daniel Lee Martin Various Artists

Jerry Kilgore
Cindy Standage
Grand Ole Opry Staff Band

Vince Gill Various Artists

Ronnie Millsap
Ricky Skaggs & The Whites Various Artists
Jerry Kilgore

Book of Rhymes Chiristian Kidz! Circle of Friends Mercy Came Down Revelation

Stephen Anthony Country Class
Be As You Are (Songs From an Old Blue Chair) Beatlesgrass

Best Uv Gass Deadgrass
Eagles Grass Fleetwoodgrass Gospelgrass Grassroots
Liaison de la Morte Locket
Perfect Love
Simon & Grassfunkel Songwrangler Stonesgrass Taylorgrass

Blur The Lines Blur The Lines

Just Another Time

For Christmas
Right Where I Belong Austins Bridge

“Boots Too Big Too Fill” Tribute to Gene Autry

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Heartaches by the Number It’s A Woman Thing Jernie

Jerry Adams
Journey of Joy
On My Way To You Cashgras
Loaded and Empty Same Red Hair
Grand Ole Opry Country

Classics, Vol. 1 (Recorded

live on the Opry stage) Satisfied Mind
Gospel Favorites From The Grand Ole Opry Amazing Grace

Family Bible Cashgrass Loaded & Empty

Dobro & Steel 2004 Dobro & Steel 2004

Steel 2004 Steel 2004 Dobro & Steel 2004 Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005

Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Dobro & Steel 2005 Steel, Sitar &

Weissenborn 2006 Steel, Sitar &
Weissenborn 2006 Dobro & Steel 2006 Dobro & Steel 2006

Steel 2006 Steel, Dobro, Sitar 2007 Weissenborn
Dobro & Steel 2007 Dobro & Steel 2007 Dobro & Steel 2007

Steel 2007 Steel 2007 Dobro & Steel 2007 Steel 2007 Dobro, Sitar & Steel 2007 Steel 2007 Dobro & Steel 2007 Steel 2007 Dobro & Steel 2007

Steel 2007 Steel 2007

Steel 2008 Steel 2008 Steel 2008 Steel 2008 Steel 2008


The artists in the following list are those that Tommy can recall recording for, the recorded work eventually ending up on albums. But, the session work listed here did not lead to an album being released on which Tommy was the sole steel guitarist (as emphasized in the previous list).

Jerry Adams
Stephen Anthony Danney Ball
David Ball
Jeff Best
Paul Brewster
Austin’s Bridge
Roger Brown & Swing City
Garth Brooks
Craig Chambers
Gary Chapman

Kenny Chesney The Cox Family Gerald Crab
The Crabb Family Joe Diffie

Jeff & Sheri Easter Pam Gadd
Vince Gill
Cary Grace

Ricky Lynn Gregg Stonewall Jackson Jerry Kilgore

Jody King
Jernie Sherry Lynn
Wendy Manley
The Martins
Daniel Lee Martin McRaes
Ronnie Milsap
John Michael Montgomery Joe Nichols
Oak Ridge Boys
Karen Peck & New River Chonda Pierce

Ray Pillow Ricky Skaggs Cindy Standage Tim Tesch
Pam Tillis
Billy Walker Pat Waters
Del Way
The Whites


It is impossible for Tommy to remember the hundreds of custom recordings and albums he has recorded, involving unknowns: those being people wishing to have demo-recordings for presentations to major record labels or “vanity- recordings” by individuals wanting to simply have a recording of their own voice or music! Many recordings have included gospel groups and nightclub acts by performers wanting albums or CD’s for demonstration presentations. There were also innumerable sessions of jingle recordings for radio and TV distribution.


Promotional videos are made for advertising the upcoming release and sale of albums produced by artists and groups. Tommy has appeared and participated in the making of the following:


“Its Not What You Know”
“The Smith Brothers”
“A Night To Remember”
“An Evening of E9th”
“Hot Licks & Cool Tips
Alan Jackson performance video

Artist or Group:


…and Numerous Videos of artists playing on the Grand Ole Opry


The Prince of Egypt, a Disney movie, released in the mid-‘90s. The Apostle, a Robert Duvall film, released in the mid-‘90s.


From 1993 to 1999, Tommy taped TV shows 5 days a week for TNN. Such shows included background tracks for every commercial break play-in and play-out. He was also a featured performer on dozens of the show’s instrumental selections. This resulted in extensive exposure of the steel sound to the millions of the viewers who watched those shows. The following are the most significant shows Tommy is able to recall:

The Whites 1988 The Smith Brothers 1996 Joe Diffie 1999 Tommy White & Lloyd Green 2002 Educational video by Tommy White 1999 Allen Jackson 2006

- Jerry Lewis Telethon 1970’s
- The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, NBC, 1976
- Phil Donohue Show, 1976
- Merv Griffin Show, 1977
- The Tommy Hunter Show, 1980’s
- Church Street Station, TNN, 1980’s, various shows
- On Stage, TNN, 1980’s, various shows
- Austin City Limits, PBS, 1988, 1989, 1990
- Trinity Broadcast Network (various shows), 1988-1989 – Nashville Now w/Ralph Emery, TNN, 80’s & 90’s,

various shows
- New Country, TNN, 1986, 1987
- The 700 Club (The Whites, Glen Campbell & Ricky Skaggs) 1991
- Music City News Awards, TNN, 1996 (house band) – Music City Tonight , TNN (house band), 1993-1996 – Prime Time Country, TNN (house band), 1996-1999 – CMT TV special with Joe Diffie at The Factory in Franklin, 1999
- Academy of Country Music Awards, 2001-current

- The Dottie Rambo Special, 2003 – Crook & Chase, RFDTV, 2008-current – 100 Greatest Duets, CMT, 2005
- The Grand Ole Opry Gospel Special, CMT, 2008


The Grand Ole Opry, WSM, Nashville, TN (previously discussed) – [1986 to present time]
Classic Country, WSM, Nashville, TN [This is an existing weekly show which plays clips from past Opry performances] Eddie Stubbs interview, WSM, Nashville TN. (2003]
Sho-Bud Showcase, WSM, Nashville, TN. [1971]


“Tommy White, 100 Proof Steel, Aged 15 Years”, 1975 “Tommy White By Request”, Teresa White Productions, 2002


Tommy White “Hot Licks & Cool Tips” video, 1999 (Currently available on
“Tommy White By Request” 120 page tab booklet, 2002 (Currently available from or directly from Tommy).


Lemon Tree Lounge w/ Mike Lunsford & Whiskey River – 1979-1983. , [Louisville, KY] Doc Holidays w/ Peggy Jo & Buntline Special – 1983-1985, [Louisville, KY]


Kentucky Tourism Commercials, 1979-1986 Various McDonalds Commercials, 1986 to present Various Budweiser Commercials, 2003 to present


  1. Two week USO Persian Gulf Tour, 1991 (performing on the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower while under way, and at various US Military bases in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Bahrain, and Egypt).
  2. The Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis, beginning in 1971, when 12 years old, with approximately 10 additional appearances.


  1. In 1997, the Pedal Steel Guitar Association provided Tommy with an “Appreciation” Award at the International Steel Guitar Convention.
  2. In 1983, the County Commissioners of Jefferson County, Kentucky gave Tommy a “Certificate of Appreciation” for donating his time playing at community events.
  3. In 1986 Tommy was given an “Appreciation Award” from the ISGC Convention in St. Louis.
  4. A “Gold Record” award for his recording as a sideman on the Joe Nichols album, “Man With A Memory”. Tommy states, “This is the only ‘official’ award give to sidemen on an album, even though many of the albums Tommy hasplayed on have achieved ‘Gold’ and ‘Platinum’ sales records.”
  5. Tommy was approached many years ago and consented to be an Advisory Board member of the Pedal Steel GuitarAssociation.


  1. Tommy was instrumental in helping with the design of the “TW” pickup for the George L Company. This “name-sake” pickup has been received well by buyers since 2002.
  2. Tommy was asked to approve a string design that launched the Jagwire String Company in 1994.
  3. If the following MySpace web site is examined, Tommy’s contributions to it become quite apparent.


For 23 years Tommy has worked for or in tandem with the Grand Ole Opry organization in one form or another. For the past 11 years, however, Tommy has been a member of the Opry radio and TV staff bands (previously referenced). Because of his tenure in all these venues, as well as many other television shows, live concerts, touring and numerous sundry gigs,

he just may have backed more Country Music artists than any other steel guitarist in the instrument’s history. In that capacity, he has had to replicate the accompaniment styles, techniques and effects of those performing vocalists who previously recorded the songs performed. This is often an overlooked quality of a musician’s talent, and has surely contributed to his mainstay membership in the ever-changing Opry band. For this, he has received recognition and accolades from steel guitarists around the world. Those many listeners and observers expect to see and hear him on all Opry broadcasts and, frankly, any other televised Country Music broadcast.

Some artists may be missing from the following list of those he has accompanied on the hundreds of various performances as a backup player, but the list is still impressive if not staggering.

Alphabetical List of Artists and Groups Tommy has backed on the Opry, various TV Series and Award shows:


Jason Aldean Lynn Anderson Gary Allan
Bill Anderson Chet Atkins
Trace Adkins Rodney Adkins Chet Akins
Rex Allen, Jr. Jessica Andrews Hoyt Axton
Steve Azar
Ernie Ashworth Rattlesnake Annie Lady Antebellum Deborah Allen Keith Anderson Alabama

Eddie Arnold


Dirks Bentley
Jim Ed Brown
Paul Brandt
James Bonamy Barbi Benton Chuck Berry
Larry Boone
Clint Black
Bobby Bare
David Ball
Garth Brooks Sawyer Brown Tracy Byrd
Luke Bryan
John Berry
Matraca Berg
Lisa Hartman-Black Chad Brock

Kevin Bacon Johnny Bush Marty Brown


George Canyon
Floyd Cramer
Billie Ray Cyrus
Ray Charles
Eric Church
David Allan Coe
Chris Cagel
Mary Chapin Carpenter Sheryl Crow

Mark Chestnutt Chubby Checker Dixie Chicks Kenney Chesney

Rodney Crowell Bobbie Cryner Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle Roy Clark

Billy “Crash” Craddock Melodie Crittenden Carlene Carter
Dina Carter

Bucky Covington The Crabb Family Terry Clark
John Conlee

Gary Chapman Rita Coolidge Rosanne Cash Tammy Cochran Kellie Coffey Jessi Colter

Guy Clark Sylvia Chalee


The Derailers
Roy Druskey
Davis Daniel
Martin Delray Charlie Daniels
Iris Dement
Joe Diffie
Johnny Duncan
Dave Dudley
Jimmy Dean
Holly Dunn
John Denver
Joe Diffie
Jimmie Davis
Doyle Dykes
Little Jimmy Dickens Deryl Dodd


Sarah Evans Steve Earle Scotty Emerick Katrina Elam


Glen Frey
Barbara Fairchild Shelly Fairchild Janie Fricke
Kevin Fowler Cleve Francis
The Forester Sisters Pete Fountaine Francis Foster Freddie Fender David Frizzell Radney Foster


Gregg Clinton Gregory The Girls Next Door Andy Griffith
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers

Jack Green Montgomery Gentry Mickey Gilley
Amy Grant
Billy Gilman
Lee Greenwood Point of Grace David Gates
Arlo Guthrie
Don Gibson
Vince Gill
Tompall Glaser
Jim Glaser
Ray Griff
Crystal Gail
Vern Gosdin Tammy Graham Billy Gramer
Nancy Griffith Andy Griggs


Jan Howard
George Hamilton, V James House
Rebecca Lynn Howard Marcus Hummon
The Hagger Twins Black Hawk
Freddie Hart
Florence Henderson Restless Heart
Wade Hayes Emmylou Harris
Tom T. Hall
Big House
Keith Harling
Ty Herndon
Steve Holy
Don Henley
Don Ho


Jack Ingram Sonya Isaacs


Buddy Jewel Grandpa Jones George Jones Waylon Jennings The Judds

Stonewall Jackson Brett James
Sonny James
Norma Jean
Shooter Jennings
Davy Jones
Carolyn Dawn Johnson


Kris Kristofferson Hal Ketchum Doug Kershaw Alison Krauss The Kendalls David Kersh

Pee Wee King The Kinleys Jerry Kilgore Merle Kilgore Sammy Kershaw “Kostas”


George Lindsey Charlie Louvin Rockie Lynne Shelby Lynne Johnny Lee Ricky Lynn Lone Star

Patti Loveless
Jerry Lee Lewis Lane Larsen
Hank Locklin Albert Lee
Miranda Lambert John D. Loudermilk Loretta Lynn

Tracy Lawrence Vicki Lawrence


Anne Murray
Shane Minor
Mac Mcanally Allison Moorer Craig Morgan Richard Marx Ronnie Milsap Michael McDonald Delbert McClinton Hannah / McEuen McBride & The Ride Th Mavericks

Dean Miller Barbara Mandrell Reba McEntire The McCarters Baker & Meyers

Louise Mandrell
Neil McCoy
Mel McDaniel
John Michael Montgomery Lorrie Morgan

Lila McCann
Brian McComas Melba Montgomery Megan Mullins Mindy McCready Pake McEntire
The Mavericks Mila Mason
Kathy Mattea David Lee Murphy Bill Monroe Martina McBride Tim Wilson
Tim Mensey
Jo Dee Messina Gibson/Miller Band


Jimmy C. Newman Willie Nelson Aaron Neville Olivia Newton-John Juice Newton

Joe Nichols Diamond Rio Jewel


Robert Ellis Orrall Paul Overstreet Mark O’Connor Jamie O’Neal

The Osborne Brothers Randy Owen
Marie Osmond Donny Osmond

Oak Ridge Boys


Jeannie Pruett Charley Pride


Brad Paisley
Ray Pillow
Lee Roy Parnell
Danielle Peck
Kelly Pickler
Karen Peck & New River Johnny Paycheck

Rissi Palmer Dolly Parton R

Linda Ronstadt Lou Rawls
Tim Rushlow Kenny Rogers Johnny Rodriguez Jerry Reed Jeannie C. Riley Leann Rimes Eddie Rabbit Eddie Raven Ronna Reeves Collin Ray Charlie Rich Boots Randolph Julie Roberts

Big & Rich
John Wesley Ryles


Ray Stevens
Red Stegal
The Statler Brothers Joel Sonjia
Michael W. Smith Shenandah
Marty Stuart
Ricky Skaggs Connie Smith
Cal Smith
T.G. Sheppard Larry Stewart
Lisa Stewart
Keith Stegall
Gary Stewart

Ray Scott
Dawn Sears
Jason Sellers
Kevin Sharp
Jeannie Seely
Jean Sheppard
Earl Scruggs
John Snider
Hank Snow
Doug Stone
Taylor Swift
Victoria Shaw SheDaisy
Daryle Singletary Jimmy Sturr Orchestra Dan Seals

Blake Shelton
Sweethearts of the Rodeo Sunny Sweeney
Ashton Shepherd
Billy Joe Shaver
Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith South 65
Connie Smith


B.J. Thomas Travis Tritt Little Texas Keni Thomas Hank Thompson Trent Tomlinson Aaron Tippin Randy Travis Josh Turner Shania Twain ChaleeTennison Cyndi Thomson Tanya Tucker


Carrie Underwood Keith Urban


Leroy Van Dyke Ricky Van Shelton Phil Vasser
Bobby Vinton Rhonda Vincent


John & Audrey Wiggins Don Williams
Kelly Willis
Don Walser

The Warren Brothers Jimmy Wayne
Bryan White
Clay Walker

The Whites
Leona Williams Gene Watson Chuck Wicks Shelley West Kitty Wells Charlie Walker Billy Walker
Tom Wopat
Porter Wagoner The Wynans Steve Wariner Mark Wills
Lari White
Darryl Worley Box Car Willie Trent Willmon Hank Williams, Jr. Lee Ann Womack Tammy Wynette The Wrights Chely Wright


Chris Young Trishia Yearwood Faron Young

With this comprehensive summary of Tommy’s body of work, I’ll not provide further grounds to support my contention that his accomplishments qualify him for induction into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

Tom Bradshaw

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Another Take on “Is Country Music Dead?”

Randy Meeker sent us this insightful email. Enjoy …

“Another take on “Is Country Music Dead?”

Real Country music is alive and well, it just doesn’t get the attention¸ airplay, TV shows, Radio coverage that it used to. And probably rightly so. The music has changed, as have the instruments we each play have improved. I play pedal steel, lap steel, straight steel and dobro. I also have or do play guitar, baritone guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, some double bass, keyboards, and whatever else I can get my hands on.

I love country music, and Americana music, and bluegrass and folk and classic rock, blues and jazz. Does Pedal Steel fit into those genres? You betcha! – however, other instruments sometimes fit better. Music, by its nature, is ever evolving as the genres have to be to accept new submissions into their fold.

What may not have grown or changed is the music fan’s acceptance of those fundamentals. Sometimes as we mature, we focus in on what we like, what speaks to, what expresses how we are feeling down to a point of a single artist or a single group of like artists. Nothing else will satisfy these discriminating listeners. Cross-Over marketing is trying to blend the hype and crowd of aging Rock and Roll markets with the fundamentals of good country (songwriting, vocal mixes that you can hear the words) and penetrate the market of the baby boomers, gen X’ers and more as the demographic and purchasing trends are ever changing.

Add to this that the model of music distribution has completely changed, there are few Big Label promotion campaigns and now the world of Indie Songwriter, Singer, Performer targeting YouTube, iTunes, Reverb Nation and all the other media sources that are web based, there is shrinking need for physical media when so much of people’s musical content is streamed via on-line sources.

All these changes actually have changed the game in favor of country artists, no longer do you have to put up with the antics, shenanigans and shams of Music City. You can grab your computer and put down your own cuts, buy studio quality sidemen online, you can fly your music to a producer that can tweak and twist it around, mix it down and put together an amazing product without having to cough up a ton cash.

However¸ if you want the best, you will still have to travel to Nashville to get the A+ players, pay them triple scale, find a producer that can convince them to work on your project, and rent some very expensive state of the art studio time to get a product that sounds just like all the other songs being produced today. Some things do not change. There is just so much more available today.

Go for it, Life is short, Play Loud!

Randy Meeker”

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Steel Guitar Amp Survey

This is Vic Lawson with today’s newsletter.

We thought it might be fun to have a survey and some feedback on designing a solid state amp. So we’re going to start with two basic formats and you guys can fill in the blanks such as wattage, speaker size, features such as built in effects like delay, reverb or Dobro simulator.

So here is our foundation. What would you like to see in a combo amp and then what would you like to see in just a head. In other words, if you could build your own amp, what would you like to have in it?

Remember, we’re talking a solid state amp, not a tube amp. Let us know your thoughts by replying (via email) to this newsletter. Reply to

Workshop survey. We’d also like to see who would be up for a spring clinic here at the store. Let us know what dates you think would be best and what subjects you’d like to see covered and we’ll do our best to put it together.

I recently purchased a Peavey Powerslide for my own use and I’m very pleased with it for the price, the features and I think it’s a great deal. So we decided to start stocking them in the store. If you’re in need of an inexpensive non-pedal steel, please check out the Powerslide. I think you’ll be as pleased as I am.

I look forward to hearing all your suggestions about how you would design a solid state steel guitar amp, both combo and head only.

I also wanted to include one more reply we got to the email Chris Smith wrote. Here it is.

“Hi Bob–enjoyed Chris’s rant, and without casting any aspersions on him or anyone else subscribing to the ‘country is dead’ school of thought, would like to point out (as a life-long country music listener, as well as a devoted guitarist and steel player for the past 50 years) that all music changes and evolves–it’s just natural. You can’t fight it, but you can analyze what’s going on, and even–dare I say it? –enjoy it. Country had a huge peak, to the point where, growing up in my native Maryland (barely in the South) we heard Patsy Cline, George Jones, and dozens of others spilling over from the country stations to mainstream. Wonderful! A truly golden age of country, and every song had steel guitar…until they didn’t.

Strings came in. Fiddles disappeared. Giant obnoxious unison tag lines began sprouting up all over the place, a trend that still goes on, and still makes me wince in annoyance. Really, do we need a fuzz guitar, steel, and fiddle all playing the same line because, darn it, the notes are JUST THAT GOOD? I don’t think so.

But in reality, without throwing dirt on Darius, who’s a nice guy and doing his best, just because you don’t hear what you love on the popular country channels, it doesn’t mean it’s gone–just gone underground. There are some wonderful artists out there, making superb music, with straight-from-the-heart songs, and even accompanied by steel (I know, cause I’m playing with some of them)–people like Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Sara Watkins, and even John Reilly. Hidden treasures, and maybe they’ll never have a hit, but who cares? It’ll be our little secret. What’s more, steel has found its way out of the country closet, and into mainstream music. I can’t tell you how many sessions I’ve done in Los Angeles for indie rock, folkies, or blues musicians where they MUST HAVE either dobro, pedal steel, or lap steel. It’s a bonanza! Hang in there, and be positive–look for the positive signs of the survival of true country, avoid the modern equivalent of what used be (and I’m dating myself here) The Archies , and dig for the real thing–it’s still there, in every town, waiting to be nurtured and loved. By folk like us!

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