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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