My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Steel Guitar Rag

One of the many regrettable consequences of country music’s devolution towards mainstream pop is the relegation of the once prominent steel guitar to the background.   Here are some of my favorite songs where the steel guitar is front and center, where it belongs:



George Strait – In Too Deep at Last FM.

Occasional Hope, this one’s for you. Who knew they could play the pedal steel in Essex?

9 responses to “Steel Guitar Rag

  1. J.R. Journey September 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    What a cool collection. I could listen to that ‘Hinges On The Door’ instrumental all day long. Does that have lyrics?

  2. Steve from Boston September 6, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Great stuff…My kind of country is laced and saturated with fiddle and steel.

    I think that is the first time I ever saw a steel player sing, at least at the same time. I remember now the old Barbara Mandrell show where she played all those instruments.., amazing.

    I picked up the new John Fogerty album today, “The Blue Rangers Rides Again…and this country album by the great rock star has more steel in it than most of what passes for country today…by far. Greg Leisz is quite the steel virtuoso, and Fogerty makes good use of his talents.

  3. Occasional Hope September 6, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Here’s another British steel player – like Barbara Mandrell she started out as a child prodigy.

  4. Paul W Dennis September 6, 2009 at 10:33 am

    The new Fogarty album is great. Other than the new Gene Watson album, it’s the best country album I’ve heard this year ,even though the repertoire is only about half country.

    Too bad you couldn’t find clips of Jimmy Day, Weldon Myrick, Buddy Emmons or Lloyd Green – now those were great steel players !

    • Razor X September 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm

      There are a couple of YouTube clips of Weldon Myrick but the embedding is disabled. You can find them at:


      Jimmy Day’s clip has the embedding disabled as well:

      Ditto for Lloyd Green. Occasional Hope will like this one:

      Here’s Buddy Emmons — pne you can actually watch from here:

  5. Occasional Hope September 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    “Occasional Hope will like this one”

    It’s a lovely tune in its own rights, but I’d rather have the vocals too…

  6. Mando September 9, 2009 at 10:36 am

    The Chicks were great in keeping the steel guitar in their music as well.

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