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!