So I was watching this TV show about how things are made (entitled “How It’s Made” oddly enough) and I saw a segment on how pedal steel guitars are built. I was astounded at how complex the things are. The pedals increase the tension on the strings when they’re depressed and bend the notes sharp. The guitarist plays with a slide, so the frets are just for his visual reference. A pedal steel guitar can play every note on the scale plus all the missing ‘notes’ in between. That got me to thinking about the instrument, and how most pedal steel you hear is slow and whiny country music.
That wouldn’t do for VotW here at Sidemeat. I needed some steel gutar with funk, soul, energy, flash, and a dash of Joisey addytude!
Robert Randolph and the Family Band absolutely tear it up here with “NYC Freaks”, live in 2002.
Whoo!, as the man said.