Best slide guitar player?


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Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jan 1, 2013 - 11:42am PT
I think we're just lucky to have such a stong tradition and background in this American folk instrument.

Trad climber
Jan 1, 2013 - 11:51am PT
so long as we count hawai'i as part of america.

my grandma played hawai'ian steel back in the twenties when the instruments were really popular in the states.

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 1, 2013 - 02:00pm PT


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 1, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Nobody put up Warren Haynes yet? WTF?


Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 1, 2013 - 02:16pm PT


Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 1, 2013 - 02:18pm PT


Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Jan 1, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
Buddy Cage with New Riders. Saw him with them in Angels Camp theater in 1980. As good a concert as I've ever been to.


Trad climber
Jan 1, 2013 - 03:31pm PT
I like many slide players, but I LOVE Duane Allman. One of the few guitar players to ever make the hair on the back of my neck stand up!

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 1, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
Saw Duane Allman play a bunch of times, including closing down the Fillmore East (after which a young Toker Villain climbed onto the stage, shook hands with and thanked Bill Graham, and lit up a number with Dicky Betts).

Duane absolutely tore it up on One Way Out.

But I thought this was about still living artists (Duane was the best though. And do people even realize how many times they heard him as a Mussel Shoals backup musician!)

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
Jan 1, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
I never tire of hearing statesboro blues .

Hebrews 1:3
Jan 1, 2013 - 04:44pm PT

Kennewick wa
Jan 1, 2013 - 09:23pm PT

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jan 1, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
Sneaky Pete!!!!!!!!

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 2, 2013 - 12:04am PT
ms55401, I was going to put up *Sneaky Pete yesterday... good to see someone else appreciating him.

So many great slide players on this list that i love.......heres a couple more to add to the list.

Harry Manx..

Kelly joe Phelps...Goodnight Irene.

so many other fine slide players....sleep calls....

Edit, NigelSSI, I've seen.. Mr Manx play live many times and he always puts on a excellent show... This video doesn't the depth of his playing. but... Love his music!.......

Trad climber
Jan 2, 2013 - 01:27am PT
I've known Harry for years, and it's crazy for me to see him mentioned!

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Jan 2, 2013 - 05:47am PT
on, Teach your Children, by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young...

"...Jerry Garcia plays the pedal steel (slide) guitar on this '70 pop anthem, making it the most widely recognized piece of music he may likely ever - nearly anonymously - be part of. Garcia's bright melodic riffs are the song's fourth voice, providing a lyrical counterpoint to Nash's soothing harmonized homilies that spanned a hit-radio bridge over the much-hyped generation gap.

When Garcia recorded the track, he'd been playing the pedal steel for all of two weeks."

-Dave Shenk / Steve Silberman

Social climber
Jan 2, 2013 - 06:58am PT
Several of my favorites: Son House, Robert Johnson, Elmore James and John Hammond, Jr.

Son House ≈ Preachin' The Blues

Robert Johnson ≈ Ramblin' On My Mind

Elmore James ≈ Done Somebody Wrong

John Hammond Jr. ≈ It Hurts Me Too

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 2, 2013 - 07:59am PT
Saw John Hammond Jr several times.

His dad did a lot to bring some great music to us, a visionary.

But if you want to talk about pedal steel and Jerry Garcia then give a listen to Garden Of Eden on the New Riders Of The Purple Sage album.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 2, 2013 - 09:45am PT
^Been meaning to ask tVillain, have you actually ever been one toke over the line?

I saw John Hammand at McCabes's, Golden Bear, Ash Grove, Four Muses, and Belly-Up over the course of about 45 years. He's always good. Favorite show was probably at Four Muses - very small and intiimate setting till about 2:00AM, but now, my mama don't allow me to stay out all night long.

Nohting like a slide on a dobro.


Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 2, 2013 - 09:50am PT
Ya'll ever see/hear Bob Weir playing slide?

Atrocious. So yeah, plenty of bad slide players, even ones you recognize.

Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes are the best I've seen live.
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