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Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby punch_the_lion on Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:01 pm

Very talented and interesting guy. He deserves a belated RIP, having passed away from Alzheimer's disease back in 2007 at the age of 72.

He was an original member of The Flying Burrito Brothers and a session musician for other bands. He worked with Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones among others.

He also had a second career as a stop-motion animator and visual effects artist in movies and television. His credits included The Gumby Show, The Outer Limits, The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, The Wonderful Word of the Brothers Grimm, The Empire Strikes Back, The Terminator 1 and 2 and Army of Darkness.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby Daffodil Column on Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:18 pm

I dig his playing on the Byrds "Yesterday's Train" and Linda Ronstadt's version of "Birds"
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby Brett Eugene Ralph on Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:20 pm

Clearly, Sneaky Pete was not crap, but he seems to have gotten the short end of the stick when it came to picking Nudie suits:

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That's him on the far left. Who wants to wear a Nudie pull-over?
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby Ptommydski on Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:32 pm

NC! Deserves some credit. Probably my favourite slide guitarist, unless you count Ben Keith.

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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby numberthirty on Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:42 pm





That guy is the ace of spades.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby Zorg on Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:20 pm

He's great, but most anybody who plays the pedal steel is pretty talented. I also adore Clarence White, who invented the B-Bender and played some mean geetar.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby E. Norma Stitz on Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:10 pm

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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby Daffodil Column on Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:54 pm

Zorg wrote:He's great, but most anybody who plays the pedal steel is pretty talented. I also adore Clarence White, who invented the B-Bender and played some mean geetar.

Gene Parsons did the actual inventing
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby elisha wiesner on Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:32 pm

Not crap but certainly not one of the best steel players. He's famous for the stuff he played on yet his playing is not very innovative or original. I feel like a large number of other people could have played on those records with the same results.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:38 am

elisha wiesner wrote:Not crap but certainly not one of the best steel players. He's famous for the stuff he played on yet his playing is not very innovative or original. I feel like a large number of other people could have played on those records with the same results.


Can you guys recommend some other pedal steel players to listen to? I love the shit out of Ben Keith, but that's all I got. I'll check out this "Sneaky Pete Kleinow" soon.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby Mick Shrimpton on Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:59 am

llllllllllllllllllllllll wrote:Can you guys recommend some other pedal steel players to listen to?

Sneaky Pete was undoubtedly a talented and tasteful sideman, but Speedy West was the Hendrix of steel guitar. His instrumentals with guitarist Jimmy Bryant range from lightning quick scorchers to spooky ballads. They cover country, jazz, rock, surf, space rock(!), spaghetti-western and Hawaiian styles. You can't go wrong with this collection:

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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby numberthirty on Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:11 pm

llllllllllllllllllllllll wrote:Can you guys recommend some other pedal steel players to listen to? I love the shit out of Ben Keith, but that's all I got. I'll check out this "Sneaky Pete Kleinow" soon.


Tom Brumley played with Buck Owens. Casey Prestwood has played some great pedal steel on Drag The River records. Bruce Kaphan played some really amazing pedal steel on those American Music Club records.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby elisha wiesner on Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:23 pm

llllllllllllllllllllllll wrote:Can you guys recommend some other pedal steel players to listen to?


As mentioned above, Speedy West is the king. Buddy Emmons was a great player as well as instrument designer. Jimmy Day played on a ton of records and is great. Bob White played a lot with Hank Thompson and is awesome. Peewee Whitwing also played a bunch with Hank Thompson and is great. Buddy Merrill is also pretty great. Joaquin Murphey is my all time favorite steel player and he basically retired when the pedal steel was first starting to appear. He could do more without pedals than just about anyone else, pedals or not. More than anyone he revolutionized the steel guitar. I honestly don't know how he gets some of the sounds he does without pedals.




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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby Mark Lansing on Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:06 pm

The above suggestions are all pretty great, and I'd add that any record with Greg Leitz on it will have some excellent steel work. He's a gifted and very tasteful player.

Sneaky Pete was a good steel player and I liked the way he used the fuzzbox, but I don't think he was one of the top men on his instrument. But he knew how to add a good flavor to the songs and otherwise didn't get in the way, both signs of a thoughtful musician. Not crap.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby elisha wiesner on Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:07 pm

Oh yeah, Leisz is really good. Another current player I like is Jon Rauhouse.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby ergo space pig on Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:03 am

I prefer more overt guitarists
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby Brett Eugene Ralph on Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:48 pm

I concur that Emmons and West are masters of the instrument. Red Rhodes did a lot of nice work with Nesmith's First National Band. Stll, I can't lbelieve no one has mentioned Lloyd Green. For my money, the steel work he did on Johnny Paycheck's on the Little Darlin' label is some of the strangest and most dazzling ever put on tape.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby numberthirty on Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:07 pm

It also hit me that Sneaky Pete may have the pedal steel part on "I've Been The One" from the first Little Feat record. I've always been a fan of it.
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Re: Pedal Steel Guitarist: Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Postby numberthirty on Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:12 pm

Lloyd Maines playing on the last Uncle Tupelo record and that first Richard Buckner record is solid.

The same goes for Eric Heywood's playing on the Varnaline record Sweet Life.
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