Episode 18 – Norm Hamlet

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This episode features an interview with legendary Merle Haggard steeler Norm Hamlet!

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Episode 17 – Ross Shafer (Sierra), Stranger Things

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This episode features an interview with Ross Shafer, designer of the new Sierra pedal steel guitar! Also, a deconstruction of the Stranger Things theme song, created using only pedal steel as the source material.

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Episode 16 – Bruce Bouton

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Episode 15 – Jim Lill, Steel Resolve

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This episode features an interview with Nashville multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer Jim Lill, who has a new beginner pedal steel video course out now. Also featured is a conversation with Josh Killian of Steel Resolve, a non-profit that helps young players get started with steel guitar.

Topics discussed include:

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Episode 14 – Paul Franklin (part 2 of 2)

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“If your imagination can go there, the instrument certainly can.” – Paul Franklin

Check out Paul’s great online university, The Paul Franklin Method!

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Episode 13 – Paul Franklin (part 1 of 2)

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Does Paul Franklin even need an introduction? If you don’t know who this guy is, you don’t know steel guitar! Never fear – all will be revealed in the interview itself. Paul was such a lovely interview subject…he’s got a lot of great ideas and a lot to say, and his true love of steel guitar shines through everything he does. If you’d like more details on Paul, Wikipedia is a good place to start. His Allmusic bio has some other details.

Some of the many topics covered include:

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Episode 12 – Christopher Woitach, Stringjoy

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Christopher Woitach is a jazz guitarist, steel guitarist, and composer living in Portland, Oregon. Christopher Woitach has played with many nationally and internationally known artists, including Bernadette Peters, Rich Little, Hank Roberts, Bob Mover, Tony Monaco, Mel Brown, and John Stowell. He regularly performs throughout the Pacific Northwest, and at jazz festivals in the U.S. and Canada.

“You have to find the world that suits you.” – Christopher Woitach

Topics discussed include:

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Featured track: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Christopher Woitach.

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Episode 11 – Jon Graboff

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Possibly best known for his work with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Jon Graboff has also recorded and/or toured with the likes of: Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, David Byrne, Carrie Underwood, Noel Gallagher, Harper Simon, Phil Lesh, M. Ward, Cyndi Lauper and others.

Topics discussed include:

FEATURED SONG: Polkov, “Caterwaul” from Polkov

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Episode 10 – Susan Alcorn, Catalinbread pedals: Talisman, Csidman, and Bicycle Delay

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This month we interview avant-garde pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn! Also featured is a review/demo of three effects pedals from Catalinbread.

FEATURED SONG: Susan Alcorn, “Milonga en Re” from Evening Tales

Catalinbread pedals reviewed:

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Episode 9 – Dave Hadley, Strymon El Capistan

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This month we interview pedal steel guitarist, dobro player, and teacher Dave Hadley! Also featured is a review and demo of the Strymon El Capistan dTape delay pedal.

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Episode 8 – Mike Perlowin

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I came to the conclusion that I was put on Earth for the specific purpose of playing the pedal steel guitar. Everything I had done previously had prepared me for this.” – Mike Perlowin

This month we interview renowned pedal steel guitarist, author, and teacher Mike Perlowin. Topics discussed include Mike’s forays into classical music, reading notation, music theory, gear, recording techniques and thinking outside the box!

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Episode 7 – Jay Dee Maness

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This month we interview beloved pedal steel player Jay Dee Maness! His credits include Buck Owens, Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Vince Gill, Ray Stevens and many many more.

Check out Jay Dee’s page for appearances, his new album & more!

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Episode 6 – Larry Behm and the brotherhood of steel

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This month we interview Portland area pedal steel player and teacher Larry Behm! Topics we covered include:

  • The brotherhood of steel guitar
  • The importance of asking questions and having FUN
  • Consistency in your steel setup
  • Ergonomics & the mechanical advantage

  • Gary Carter

  • The future of steel guitar!

Check out Larry’s page for more info – Painless Steel Productions

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Episode 5 – EHX C9, Digitech Mosaic, Jon Rauhouse

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This month we review the Electro-harmonix C9 Organ Machine, with an extra bonus review of the Digitech Mosaic polyphonic 12-string pedal.

And we have a great interview with steeler & multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse! Jon has played with Sleepwalker, Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, Old 97s and many many more, and has several fine solo albums. More info is available at his website, jonrauhouse.com.

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Episode 4 – NU Generation Tone Bar, Stu Schulman

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This episode features a review of the NU-Generation Tone Bar by Red Barn Music Supply, 575-621-4320.

Noted steel guitarist (and 6-string and bass guitarist) Stu Schulman joined us for a great interview and shared a lot of road stories from his years of touring and recording. We covered a lot of ground, so here are some links to things we talked about:

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Suite Steel album, Chris Middaugh and the Arm Brothers, Robbie Dupree, Wild Bill and his Buffalo Yankees, B.W. Stevenson, Marcia Ball, Blanton Steel Guitars, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Day, Austin City Limits, Red Rhodes, Delaney Bramlett, Gary Busey as Teddy Jack Eddy, Jimmy Rabbitt, Barbi Benton, Matt Hammer, Paulette CarlsonSweethearts of the Rodeo, Bill Carter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Milton CarrollDwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Bill Keith, Tiny Olsen, Desert Rose Steel Guitars, Telonics.

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Episode 3 – John McClung

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This month we feature an interview with John McClung, a noted pedal steel player and teacher (in fact, he’s been nicknamed both “Mr. Twang” and “Professor Twang” depending on who’s asking). His credits include recording work with Connie Stevens; touring with Freddy Fender; playing (with 7 other LA steelers) on the Man of Steel soundtrack for the 2012 film scored by Hans Zimmer; several appearances on the show for the SWSGA (Southwest Steel Guitar Association), and live and recording dates with many local LA country bands and singers. John offers in-person (near Olympia, WA) and Skype pedal steel lessons through his website, http://steelguitarlessons.com/.

Relevant links: Walker Stereo Steel • TelonicsTC Electronic M-One XLBessdang GizmosSteel Seat Effects Boxes • Kenneth Pattengale • Man of Steel soundtrack

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Episode 2 – Paul Brainard

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Our guest this month is Paul Brainard, a veteran of the Alt-Country and Americana scene, playing and recording with many top names over the last decade and beyond. He specializes in all forms of Steel Guitar—pedal, non-pedal, Dobro—as well as guitar and trumpet. He is further noted for his producing skills and his instrumental arrangements of strings and horns.

Paul is currently a fixture of the local music scene in Portland, Oregon, where he is a much-in-demand sideman and session player. He also leads several ensembles of his own including a jazz organ trio, the Hawaiian-influenced Pu Pu Platters, and hisFun Machine Orchestra. His first self-released CD, Caught Steelin’, was produced in 2007.

Paul and I chat about his musical history, his latest gig, pedal steel mechanics, tuning, gear, and more!

Also featured is a song by Gordon Hartin.

Relevant links: Red RhodesDaniel Lanois Rig RundownSierra Steel Guitars • Van Halen’s tuning problems (the synth track was sharp, not flat as I mentioned in the podcast).

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Episode 1 – Riffstation, Matt Buetow

Episode 1 of the Pedal Steel Podcast! We review Riffstation 1.5.5.0 and interview singer/songwriter Matt Buetow, who is also a beginning pedal steel player.

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Check out Riffstation and the isolate tool YouTube videos – Jimi Hendrix and The Strokes. For a chance to win a copy of Riffstation, leave us a review on iTunes and email me at pedalsteelpodcast@gmail.com with your iTunes username (so I know who you are)! I noticed after recording the review that there is a way to disable the auto-scrolling feature in Riffstation, so that’s a plus – easier to keep the cursor where you want it.

Music used in my Riffstation review: Emma Hill – The Keeper. Emma and I have been music partners for a number of years. Find out more at emmahillmusic.com.

Matt Buetow is a singer/songwriter I’ve been working with for about a year and a half. Recently he picked up pedal steel, so I interviewed Matt about his journey so far, and we discuss some challenges facing beginning players. Song featured – You Won’t. We were trying to remember the name of the steel player who played on Ben Kweller’s Changing Horses – it was Kitt Kitterman. And I’m not sure if I gave the right date for the Portland Steel Jam, but it’s May 3rd.

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Special thanks to Sarah McCarthy for the great idea to do a podcast about pedal steel, and to Jeremy Holmes for all the help setting up the podcast feed!