Unconventional pedal steel players - where are they?

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  1. w3stie

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    I'm looking for tips, clips videos etc of unconventional / creative pedal steel players. By that I mean not doing the usual C&W cliche stuff. Thanks in advance.

    PS not bagging C&W players at all.
     
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    Native Vancouverite, Steve Dawson, is now producing in Nashville & getting a lot of pedal steel work, due to his unconventional style. Another highly recommended Canadian, is the great Daniel Lanois...



     
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    Greg Leisz is one of my favorite steel players. Not unconventional in his approach to the instrument like, say, Daniel Lanois, but he certainly takes the pedal steel out of traditional country territory.




    Or, if you're into more classical stuff, check out Susan Alcorn and Mike Perlowin.



     
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    Wonder how many times this gem has been posted on TDPRI

     
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    the amazing Maggie Bjorklund !
     
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    BJ Cole does great country and great other stuff too, classical, and way out wierd :)
     
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    And my steel playing is at times unconventional, but that may not be on purpose...
     
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    Greg Leisz leapt to my mind!
    He plays succinct, memorable, and cliche free solos.
    I love his work with kd Lang, Farmer's Daughter, Jann Arden, and literally everyone else he has recorded with.
    Sneaky Pete Kleinow was another guy with a voice of his own.
    His solo albums were brilliant, IMO.
     
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    +1 on Maggie Bjorklund!
     
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    Speedy West did a lot of cool country jazz stuff with Jimmy Bryant and others. Definitely not typical CW.
     
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    Rusty Young with Poco, especially the live album 'Deliverin'. Dunno what he's been doing more recently.
     
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    Robert Randolph has to be the most unconventional.

    Here's a song I did on lap steel (not pedal steel) trying to break away from norms:
     
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    don t know what is conventional regarding the steel, but i like sol hoopii

     
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    +10 for her, never heard of her before, she's sure is a bit of an oddball (I mean that in a positive way), love what she does!
     
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    Hands down best Young "unconventional" steel player right now is Spencer Cullum Jr...Check out his work in Steelism

     
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    I love the album "Slider" by Bruce Kaphan

    King Sunny Ade and the African Beats had a pedal steel player back in the '90's when I saw them.

    Jerry Garcia did some cool stuff on the Paul Kantner/Grace Slick solo albums.
     
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    Does anyone know of pedal steel in a blues-type context? I'm thinking of shifts from major to minor and major to 7th, that kind of thing. Some of Randolph's sacred steel might come close.
     
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