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CMT Awards

12th April 2022

Last night at the CMT Awards Miranda Lambert was awarded 'Best Female Video' for her song If I Was a Cowboy.

I was honored to play steel guitar on the song, which is Miranda's sixth win in the category, and puts her second only to Carrie Underwood.

You can see the video by following this link

9th January 2022

I think you may be interested in an in-depth review I conducted with Tonequest magazine recently.

You can obtain a digital or print version of the magazine at the Tonequest website:

Link to Tonequest Magazine

13th July 2021

I'm sad to report that on July 10th we lost a fine musician, fiddle player Byron Berline.

I met Byron when he was asked to come out and play a Bluegrass portion of a Flying Burrito Bros show, along with bassist Roger Bush and banjoist Kenny Wertz. We performed together at three Ivy League Universities in the NE part of the USA.

Eddie Kramer was our chief recording engineer for all three shows. Selections of which were later taken from each of the shows and became A&M's release of "The Last of the Red Hot Burritos".

Byron can be seen with the FBB's on this clip from the David Frost television show playing "6 Days On The Road". Which, incidentally, was about all the time it took to do the recordings!

Link to Flying Burrito Bros on YouTube

Byron owned the Double Stop Fiddle Shop & Music Hall In Guthrie, Oklahoma and founded the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival.

A fine gentleman who will be missed by many!

12th July 2021

I hope you all will enjoy reading my interview with John Wisniewski conducted last year for Perfect Sound Forever Magazine.

The interview covers a lot of ground that you may find interesting.

You can find the interview here: Perfect Sound

23rd August 2020

Some of you 'musos' out there may be interested in a couple of YouTube interviews I have come across from a few years back.

These interviews with Zac Childs and Steve Krenz cover a lot of ground, and may be of particular interest to any lap steel fans.

You can find them on my Video Gallery page Here

18th February 2020

I'm sad to have to report the passing of one of my dear friends, Bob Rissi.

I've known Bob from my first move to California in 1968 where he showed me his new design for Rickenbacker, the new Trans-Sonic Amplifier. I immediately traded my Fender Dual Showman for it.

He began in CA as a very young man under Leo Fender's wing and worked on the design of the first Fender 'piggy back' amps. Then, after CBS bought the Fender company, he was hired by Mr. Hall of Rickenbacker. A short while later, he began his own company called Risson Amplifiers.

Bob was a genius in his field, and I've used his Amplifiers since 1968. Most of my record sessions were done with his Risson amps.

He loved God and people, and was a wonderful husband and father of a large and growing family.

I thought you all may be interested in an article in the Faith Underground online magazine.

In the article I reflect on my musical journey, and of course my faith. Hope you enjoy reading!

Link to Faith Underground Interview

2nd July 2019

You may remember reading an article in the No Depression magazine last year following an interview I conducted with Gary Stoller about my time with Manassas.

The original article is no longer available on the ND website, so we have published the transcript of the interview here for anyone who may have missed it.

Link to 2018 Interview

25th April 2019

A quick note to let you all know that we will be playing at Grace Chapel on 20th May as part of the Five Year Celebration!

I'll be playing as a special guest with Blues Counsel, so I hope to see you there!

I hope you you can stop by the Station Inn in Nashville on Wednesday. I'll be playing there with new Canadian artist April Verch

We recorded her country album a few months ago, and April is performing some classic country along with a few folk/bluegrass styles at the Station Inn at 9pm. I will be playing steel guitar and dobro.

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