distortion. Who was the first to use distortion in Country Music?

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  1. Bandit

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    Who was the first to use distortion in Country Music?
     
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    Grady Martin, on Don't Worry About Me by Marty Robbins. Recorded in 1961.
     
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    Yep, by accident..
     
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    Cool! It sounds like a bass trombone. Maybe a synthesizer, too. Also sounds carefully worked out and cleanly played, rhythmically and dynamically. The distortion sounds very tight and artificial. Maestro, maybe? Not sure of the time frame, though.
     
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    Sounds like an oxymoron.
     
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    Bob Wills, and his Texas Playboys guitarist Lester Robert “Junior” Barnard on this:

     
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    I saw Marty Robbins at a Wembley Country Music Festival in the UK in the mid 70's-ish and he had an Asian looking pedal steel guitar picker who did that distortion riff going thru' a foot pedal which looked like the Boss (yellow) distortion pedal and it sounded just like the record.. S
     
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    Red Sovine.

    Those CB radios had tiny speakers, and they distorted like crazy. :D:D
     
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    I’ve always heard that Don’t Worry ..... was the first.
    Buck Owens’ Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass featuring Don Rich’s fuzztone was another later example, circa 1969.
    Are there many others?
     
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    Bob Dunn was the guitarist for the pioneer western swing band Milton Brown and his musical Brownies. In 1935 he cut this side using a Rickenbacker Electro A-22 "frying pan" lap steel guitar with an Epiphone amp. Of interest is that he approached it as a trombone player would-being influenced by local Fort Worth trombonist Jack Teagarden.

     
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    Brookdalebill beat me to it. Rather odd ball song and sound! Love it, though.

     
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    I was just about to post the Buck Owens tune. Thanks for taking care of it for me.
     
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