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#19: 50 Greatest Steel Guitarists
(in alphabetical order)
- He pioneered the "Universal" single neck tuning and was known for his beautiful jazz playing. He was also the "A" in the MSA steel guitar company.
- Northern California living legend. Made his reputation with Commander Cody.
- Southern California player known for his big chordal style. He played with Spade Cooley and Tex Williams.
- Wonderful clean player who made his reputation with Buck Owens, and later played with Rick Nelson.
- The greatest non pedal player. Played on some Hank Williams' recordings. Spent his last thirty years playing in Hawaii.
- Wonderful current player who can be seen on Marty Stuart's TV show.
- Probably the best musician to ever play the steel. He attacked the steel and played his own style of jazz . C6 -
- He travelled the country with the Texas Troubadours wowing the crowds with his beautiful playing on both necks.
- Great "chicken picker" who backed up many Nashville stars.
Also see Russ Hicks' video.
- Unsung player who played with Ricky Skaggs & Reba McEntire among others.
- Plays with Brad Paisley. Probably the best young player around. Randall at 5:15 in:
- Played with George Jones for many years.
- Jimmy & Buddy Emmons developed many of the changes for the E9 tuning while playing with Ray Price and others.
- Was the most commercial Nashville session man during the 1960s. Here's a video of him demonstrating the "talking guitar:"
- The first hot electric steel player. Said to be influenced by clarinet players of the day.
- Considered the greatest pedal steel player. He did it all.
youtube video 1
youtube video 2
- The number one Nashville session man for the last thirty years. Also toured with Dire Straits.
- Wonderful Texas player who played with Charlie Walker, Dewey Groom and Hank Thompson among others. Famous for the instrumental "Rose City Chimes."
- Made his mark with Bill Anderson's "Po' Boys" before becoming a Nashville session man.
- A leading Nashville session man in the '60s & '70s who would come up with different styles to suit his artists. Also known for his wonderful instrumental albums.
- Hank Williams' steel man.
Billy Hew Len
- Wonderful Hawaiian player in spite of not having a left hand.
Watch the video!
- Played with Barefoot Jerry & teamed up with Jimmy Crawford on a couple of chicken pickin' albums.
- The first virtuoso Hawaiian steeler.
- Beautifully expressive player. Made his reputation with Conway Twitty & Vince Gill.
- In 1955 Bud invented the pedal changes that lead to the E9 tuning that is still used today.
- Hot Nashville picker for over 40 years.
- One of the best modern players in Nashville.
- Master player who was the original steeler with "Hawaii Calls" from 1935-1952.
Sneaky Pete Kleinow
- Had his own style and sound, and made his reputation with the Flying Burrito Brothers. Sneaky was also a TV animator.
- His non pedal style with Jackson Browne was later embraced by Nashville as the way to play modern country rock.
Jay Dee Maness
- The first call in L.A. Jay Dee is one of the most soulful and interesting players around.
- Bob Wills' original steeler for many years and then lead his own bands.
- Dick and his brother Lani were Hawaiian music royalty.
- Ralph helped define the sound of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and later Waylon Jennings. His playing defined the "West Coast sound."
- Wonderful player on both necks and then he'd pick up his sax and blow bebop.
- The hottest jazzy player of the 1940s into the '50s. He played with Spade Cooley and Tex Williams.
- Nashville session man for 25 years who had beautiful tone and execution.
- Excellent player who chose to become the consummate steel guitar teacher. He put on clinics and recorded many teaching LPs.
- Played with Charlie Pride until his untimely death.
- Wonderful Texas player whose career has had a renaissance in the last fifteen years.
- Prodigious player, who's finally getting recognition.
- Great rock player who came out of the church to become the "Jimi Hendrix of the steel guitar."
- Herb played with many great western swing bands, including Bob Wills', and wrote "Remington Ride."
- Beautiful non pedal player known for his harmonics, who played with Hank Snow.
- Great Nashville session man primarily known for his beautiful playing with Loretta Lynn.
- Great player in the Phoenix area who chose not to stay in Nashville. Also known for his early collaborations with Paul Franklin.
- Vance was a prodigy who played with Billy Jack Wills in the early '50s.
- Very original West Coast session man who made his reputation playing hot duets with Jimmy Bryant.
- Grand Ole Opry steeler who's one of the best of the new breed.
Could Easily Be Listed Above:
Pee Wee Whitewing
Little Roy Wiggins
These lists are very subjective and I know I've omitted many fine and deserving steelers. I don't mean to offend anyone. Sorry if your guy/gal wasn't included.
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