Pedal-steel guitar players a vanishing breed

Well, this doesn’t have anything to do with metal stamping, but it is about steel, pedal steel guitars, and, what the hey!, it’s the weekend.

I like pedal steel guitar, when it’s well played, which isn’t all that often. It’s got a unique sound – like a guitar, but then, not like a guitar. And they sit to play them.

Montgomery Advertiser
Changing times and tunes have cut deeply into an American musical icon — the pedal-steel guitar.
Not only is it a difficult instrument to play, but most who mastered it are a bit long in the tooth, and there aren’t many younger musicians willing to learn from them.
And it takes a while to get good at it.

2 thoughts on “Pedal-steel guitar players a vanishing breed”

  1. July 30, 2007


    Actually the pedal steel guitar has been in a growing mode for several decades.

    Visit the and you’ll find a website that supports the instrument and has thousands of pedal steelers around the world as members.

    I believe there are more pedal steel companies manufacturing the instrument today then there ever has been.

    I’ve been playing the pedal steel guitar (I started with a lap steel) since I was a teenager in the early 1950s.

    I currently play a weekly country gig with the Valley Country Band here in southern Oregon.

    To me hearing the sound of any steel guitar, be it on the radio, on television, in a movie soundtrack, or even on the Internet…is the sound I love to hear more than anything….and I also play other instruments (lead guitar and electric bass).

    Michael, if you visit your local nightclubs that feature country music, I’m sure that you’ll come across some very good pedal steel players.

    When you do, say “Hi” for me.

    Al Gershen
    Grants Pass, OR

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