Pedal steel albums?

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  1. JohnnyCrash

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    I’m interested in expanding my vocabulary. I want to immerse myself in pedal steel music.

    Sorta related to this, I’ve started adding The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers to my playlists.

    (I’m a roots rocker, so I’m sorta coming at country music through these types of bands. I’m also slowly immersing myself in Country, as well as country-rock.)

    Any suggestions on albums that showcase pedal steel?
     
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    Somewhat ironic with the news of the passing of Buddy Cage today, try "The Adventures of Panama Red" and "Powerglide" by New Riders of the Purple Sage.

    Commander Cody "Live at the Armadillo World Headquarters", and many of his other albums feature Bobby Black on pedal steel.

    For more of a jazz slant you could try Buddy Emmons "Steel Guitar Jazz".

    Pose this question on The Steel Guitar Forum and you'll be overwhelmed with suggestions
     
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    I'd pick up an Emmylou Harris record or three!
    I have 'Elite Hotel' in my car. There's a great pedal steel solo (I think it's Hank DeVito) on her version of "Ooh Las Vegas"- and really there's great pedal just all over her records.

    Also the Desert Rose Band records are great too. I like 'Running' a lot. Jay Dee Maness plays great on that whole album.
     
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    New Riders of the Purple Sage - Gypsy Cowboy album, '72, made a big impression on me.
     
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    My favorite is an album featuring Lloyd Green, Charlie Pride- Live at Panther Hall. Lloyd is the only lead instrument.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Poco with Rusty Young on pedal steel. A good place to start (if you're not familiar with the band) would be their early years anthology called The Forgotten Trail.

    For a decidedly non-Country take on the pedal steel as an instrument give a listen to The Lee Boys who use it to great effect for their gospel-funk music.
     
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    Listen to Michael Nesmith’s magnificent album ...And The Hits Just Keep On Coming. Almost every song is just Mike on vocals and acoustic guitar accompanied by the legendary Red Rhodes on pedal steel. Mesmerising!
     
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    Americana roots rocker. Any Gram Parsons will give you plenty of classic steel, whether it was Lloyd or Sneaky Pete.
    Want to take it to the next level listen to Buddy Emmons, like this incredible solo on a John Hartford record from 77. Crazy! Oh, and of course ANY Buddy Cage.


    Around 9 min in. Solo is at 11:44 But feel free to listen to the entire album and get your doors blown off.
     
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    oooh... forgot about that Nesmith album that AAT65 mentioned. Good stuff!

    I'm not much of a Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead fan, but his solo album Garcia has a couple of examples of his pedal steel chops. His approach to the instrument is pretty unique - I dig his ethereal rambling on this cut:



    The cut To Lay Me Down on the same album has some nice steel on it, too.
     
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    It’s (mostly? all?) steel, not pedal steel, but I highly highly recommend Last Night This Morning by Jim Campilongo & Honeyfingers. A really great album.
     
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    These albums are kinda hard to come by but the Texas Troubadour albums without Ernest Tubb are killing.



    Also, there was once this guy called speedy west... the guitarist ain't bad either.

     
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    I think that one's all non-pedal steel. Some killing playing though. As someone who's fully non-pedal I love that album.
     
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    Looks like it won't play here but check out James Burton and Ralph Mooney - Corn Pickin' and Slick Slidin'
     
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    Might as well at least hear how good it can be :

     
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    Suite Steel album.

    Buck’s Together Again classic weeper steel. Buddy Emmons on Ray Price’s Night Life is as good as it gets.
     
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    If Sierra Records is still around they had 2 compilation pedal steel albums with a good mix of players. Suite Steel had cuts by Emmons, Jay Dee Maness, Red Rhodes, Sneaky Pete, and Rusty Young. Pacific Steel Co. had Tom Brumley, Sneaky Pete, Maness, Al Perkins, and Red Rhoadesville.
    Waylon has a nice live concert from ‘74 that has some great tracks on it with “Moon”. I believe there’s an expanded version available on Amazon with 2 discs and 40 some odd tracks.
     
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    The above mentions of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and Jerry Garcia reminded me about the first NRPS album. The subsequent ones had Buddy Cage (sad news the other day), but the first, self-titled album had Jerry Garcia on pedal steel.

    Cool album cover art, too:

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    And for a more rock side of it try Robert Randolph and The Family Band
     
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