Show #158 – Buddy Emmons and The Pedal Steel

It’s hard to top the opening sentence that NPR wrote about Buddy Emmons passing away yesterday:  “Country music wouldn’t sound like itself without the pedal-steel guitar, and the instrument sounds the way it does today because of Buddy Emmons, who died Wednesday in Nashville at 78.”  It seems the list of folks The Big E played with as a session player is endless:  Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons, Ray Charles, Glen Campbell…  To honor Buddy Emmons, we tried to play a full show of songs that, somewhat, featured the pedal steel guitar.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Raul Malo Night Life The Big E, A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons Warner Music
Jason James True blues Jason James New West
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Branded Man Bakersfield MCA Nashville
The Flying Burrito Brothers Christine’s Tune The Gilded Palace of Sin 4 Men With Beards
Vince Gill Featuring Paul Franklin & Tommy White Country Boy The Big E, A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons MPI
Wynn Stewart Money Talks The Songs of Wynn Stewart Capitol Records
The Eagles Peaceful Easy Feeling Their Greatest Hits Elektra/Asylum
The Derailers Play me the Waltz of the Angels Full Western Dress Rhino/London-Sire
Gary Stewart She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles) The Essential Gary Stewart RCA
The Rolling Stones Beast of Burden Some Girls Virgin Records
Neko Case I Wish I Was the Moon Blacklisted Anti/Epitaph
Dwight Yoakam I Sang Dixie Just Lookin’ for a Hit Warner 1061
Red Meat Nashville Confidential Alameda County Line Ranchero Records
Rosie Flores Who’s Gonna Take Your Garbage Out Girl Of The Century Bloodshot
Black Prairie Nowhere, Massachusetts A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart Sugar Hill Records
Gram Parsons Streets of Baltimore GP Reprise
Gram Parsons She GP Reprise
Buck Owens Together Again 21 # 1 Hits Rhino Records
Steelism The Drawing Room The Drawing Room Vol. 1 Intoxicating Sounds Records
John Doe & The Sadies Husbands and Wives Country Club Yep Roc Records
John Doe & The Sadies ‘Til I Get It Right Country Club Yep Roc Records
Elvis Costello & The Attractions A Good Year for the Roses Almost Blue Riviera Global
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell That’s All It Took The Big E a Salute to Buddy Emmons Warner
Merle Haggard Big City Playlist: The Very Best of Merle Haggard Sony Legacy
JayDee Maness This Cold War with You The Big E a Salute to Buddy Emmons Warner Music
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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Show #157 – Mini Themes

By the time we rolled out the first several songs, we had figured out a theme.  First half hour consisted of more modern, contemporary Bakersfield Sound songs.  The second half hour was more or less a tribute to the music of Dave Alvin and John Doe and variations of each of their collaborations with other artist – Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women, John Doe & The Sadies, and The Knitters – featuring both Dave Alvin and John Doe.  We went back to the old classics for the third half hour and hit up some more rockin’ songs that came out of the 80s L.A. punk/cowboy scene…more or less.  It was a good show.

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Dwight Yoakam Believe Second Hand Heart Warner Bros.
Brokedown in Bakersfield Swinging Doors Live! Little Sur Records
The Earnest Lovers San Andreas’ Fault Sing Sad Songs – EP Elko Records
Daniel Romano I’m Gonna Teach You If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ New West Records
JP Harris and the Tough Choices Badly Bent I’ll Keep Calling Cow Island Music
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Branded Man Bakersfield MCA Nashville
Dave Alvin Ashgrove Ashgrove Yep Roc
John Doe & The Sadies Stop the World and Let Me Off Country Club Yep Roc Records
The Sadies The Curdled Journey Favourite Colours Yep Roc
The Knitters Long Chain On The Modern Sounds of The Knitters Universal Music
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women California’s Burning Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women Yep Roc
John Doe Cottage in the ‘Dale Keeper Yep Roc
Lefty Frizell Everything Keeps Coming Back (But You) Welcome to Columbia Country Columbia
Tommy Collins I Think of You Yet Tommy Collins Sings Country Songs Gusto
Buck Owens Under Your Spell Again The Best of Buck Owens Capitol
Merle Haggard I Can’t Keep My Hands Off Of You The Ramblin’ Man RCA
The Buckaroos Down At the Corner Bar Roll Your Own Capitol
The Buckaroos Bossa Nova Buckaroo Style Roll Your Own Capitol
Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens Just Between the Two of Us That Makes Two of Us Pickwick / Capitol
Wynn Stewart Sha Marie The Songs of Wynn Stewart Capitol Records
Al Caiola Theme from Magnificent Seven Tumbling Tumbleweeds RCA
Warren Barker and His Orchestra Theme From Gunsmoke Tumbling Tumbleweeds RCA
Rosie Flores Heartbreak Train A Town South of Bakersfield Enigma Records
Rank And File Amanda Ruth Sundown Slash Records
Lone Justice When Love Comes Home To Stay This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 Omnivore Recordings
Elvis Costello Why Don’t You Love Me (like you used to do) Almost Blue Riviera Global Productions
Dwight Yoakam Rock It All Away 3 Pears Warner Bros.
The Flying Burrito Brothers Do Right Woman The Gilded Palace of Sin 4 Men With Beards
Jim Lauderdale What Am I Waiting For A Town South of Bakersfield 2 enigma
The Paladins What Side of the Door am I On? Let’s Buzz! Alligator Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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