Not your typical Pedal Steel Guitar for $100
Pedal steel guitar in a modern context! I love adding the unique texture of pedal steel to a wide variety of styles. Country, sure...but why stop there? The pedal steel can fill the role of a string section, an organ, a guitar, even the human voice, but with an otherwordly quality that always grabs listeners and draws them in. In fact, to show the versatility of the instrument, I recorded a recreation of the Stranger Things theme song using only the pedal steel (click the video tab to check it out).
I like to approach the steel with an arranger's mindset, using it to enhance the drama, the tension and release already in your song. I typically don't play wall-to-wall, but instead choose the best moments to say something and then get out of the way. Pads and swells from the steel can add that "liquid glass" quality you really can't get with any other instrument. But of course - if it's twang you want, it's twang you shall get!
I've been recording and touring with a wide variety of artists for about 15 years. Highlights include session work on a Grammy-nominated album for Grammy winners Laura and Eric Sullivan, touring Europe with Courtney Marie Andrews (also a Grammy nominee), playing with Joan Osborne and Matt the Electrician in Alaska, sharing the stage with The Head and the Heart as a member of Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles (as well as sitting in with Josiah Johnson on his solo show), countless shows with Emma Hill and Small Souls, and plenty of session work with the likes of Mike Marsh (Avett Brothers, Dashboard Confessional), Jeffrey Martin, Anna Tivel, Evan Phillips, Pretty Gritty, Tyler Fortier, Myrrh Larsen and many others.
My main axe is an early 70's Emmons push/pull extended E9. I always include a DI track along with the amp track so you have flexibility later should you choose to re-amp,
Wrong Kind of Romance (Bryn Loosley)
- Wrong Kind of Romance (Bryn Loosley)
- One Hundred Years from Now (Bright Faces)
- Wailing Songbird (Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles)
- Right Where You're Supposed to Be (Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags)
- Mountain with Two Peaks (Small Souls)