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Instrumental Country Albums?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by nathandoms, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. nathandoms

    nathandoms TDPRI Member

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    Anyone know of any Tele-prominent instrumental albums? I'm in love with the honky tonkin sound of Bakersfield in the 50's and 60's, and besides try to learn the style on guitar, I also very much enjoy good lap/pedal steel players.

    From Jimmy Bryant and Speedy to James Burton and Ralph Mooney to Redd Volkaert and Big Jim Murphy (my personal guitar hero), I'm craving new records with genius string partners. Love the tele/steel sound.

    Anybody have the Strangers instrumental records? They've proven a bit difficult to find, but being one of country's greatest bands, I'm willing to spend some of the little money I have on 'em.

    Country, western swing, and all things in between. Thanks!
     
  2. buster poser

    buster poser Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    There are quite a few instrumental albums by Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, and plenty of individual tracks by Bob Wills, Light Crust Doughboys, Asleep at the Wheel.
     
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    Definitely a fan of Merle and Chet. I don't normally categorize them as Tele players, but guitar masters nonetheless. I need to adapt some of the thumb pick styles they perfected to the way I hybrid pick. I'll sift through the guys you mentioned. Thanks for the reply.
     
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  4. ElJay370

    ElJay370 Tele-Afflicted

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    A personal favorite.....and I'm not even a huge fan of country music.

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    As far as Teles go....I can't imagine that there isn't one on this album someplace.
     
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    This one is a favorite:

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  6. slimpickins

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    I've been on a Redd kick lately!
     
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    The first time hearing Bridge Over Troubled Water off of this gave me chills.
     
  8. Engine Swap

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    Not a tele, but Curley Chalker is one of the greats on steel.

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    Redd is simply one the best living legends. Taking one of his Truefire courses and learning some of his arrangements currently. I can't wait till he releases a new album. One of my few guitar heroes that can actually sing too!
     
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    "Country Jazz", George Barnes? Great sounding Album...
     
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  12. slimpickins

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    You should do a review after you finish it! I'd be interested to read it.
     
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    I've been watching Hee Haw, seeing some lefty tele player, plus Don Rich, and others. What an enigma. So much talent, hidden though, and obscured by cartoon slapstick, lol. Pretty American....

    Same episode, saw Jetro Burns, interesting chops. Oh, and Jerry Reed played a T60 mostly? What a monster talent.
     
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    Junior Brown might not be exactly what you're after but he's awesome.


     
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    ...Man, alot of great instrumental country jazz in there, Ernest Tubbs for me and some Ralph Mooney doesn't get any better.
     
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    +1 on Chet Atkins, despite the lack of Tele sauce in his music.

    I may be in the minority, but I quite like his '80s smooth jazz work. Disclaimer: I generally can't stand smooth jazz but Chet's tone and feel transcends the "quirks" (or lack thereof, to put it politely) of that genre. No Tele's that I can hear on those '80s recordings but he did use the "Peaver" (a Peavey T-60 body with Strat bridge and middle pickups and a Fender Strat neck) and a Gibson prototype copy of it (the Gibson Phasar), both of which have some great Strat-a-quack tones in his hands.
     
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    These guys tend to have a good mix of instrumentals on each album. Ain't bad players either.

     
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    If you can find it (possibly out of print) check out the Bill Black Combo album titled “Hot and Country”. It’s all instrumentals and has some great honky tonk Tele playing!
     
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