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Steelin' It: The Steel Guitar Story

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Steelin' It: The Steel Guitar Story
Steelin' It: The Steel Guitar Story


Steel guitar refers to a method of playing on a guitar held horizontally, with the strings uppermost and the bass strings towards the player, and using a type of slide called a steel above the fingerboard rather than fretting the strings with the fingers. This may be done with any guitar, but is most common on instruments designed and produced for this style of playing. The technique was invented and popularized in Hawaii, where this set opens with 25 examples of that island's foremost exponents of the instrument, famous and obscure, recorded from 1925 to 1952. The other three discs of this 100 track set chronicle the use and development of lap steel guitar, resonator guitar, console/table steel guitar and pedal steel guitar in American Western Swing, mainstream Country and Rockabilly music from the mid 1930s to 1957, along the way showcasing all the main acts who made the instruments such an integral part of their sound. Expertly compiled and annotated by Adam Komorowski.


  1. Name
  2. Andy Sanella-Slidin' On The Frets
  3. Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Four-Iniki Malie
  4. Kalama's Quartet-Wai O Minnehaha
  5. Four Hawaiian Guitars-Black Boy Blues
  6. Sam Ku West-Farewell Blues
  7. Sam Ku West-The Memphis Blues
  8. Sam Ku West-St Louis Blues
  9. H.M.Barnes And His Blue Ridge Ramblers-Honolulu Stomp
  10. King Nawahi's Hawaiians-Hawaiian Capers
  11. Waikiki Hawaiian Trio-My Best Girl
  12. Segis Luvaun-Wela-Ka-Hao
  13. Kanui & Lula-Ua Like No A like
  14. Andy Sanella-Blues Of The Guitar
  15. Palakiko & Paaluhi-Honolulu March
  16. Hawaiian Beachcombers-Breezy Hawaiian Melody
  17. Roy Smeck Hawaiian Orch-Kalima Waltz
  18. Jim & Bob û The Genial Hawaiians-Saint Louis Blues
  19. Jim & Bob û The Genial Hawaiians-By The Waters Of Minnietonka
  20. Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Quartet-An Orange Grove In California
  21. Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Quartet-Oh Lady Be Good
  22. Roy Smeck's Serenaders-Guitarese
  23. Roy Smeck's Serenaders-Slippery Fingers
  24. Roy Smeck's Serenaders-Limehouse Blues
  25. Tau Moe & The Original Hawaiians-Hula Blues
  26. Tau Moe & The Original Hawaiians-Rhythm Of The Islands
  27. Milton Brown & Brownies-Takin' Off
  28. Bill Mounce-I Found A New Baby
  29. Modern Mountaineers-Taking Off
  30. Bob Dunn's Vagabonds-Stompin' At The Honky Tonk
  31. Cliff Bruner & His Boys-Kelly Swing
  32. Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers-Jitterbug Jive
  33. Sons Of Dixie-Don't Ever Go Wrong
  34. Roy Newman-Dust Off That Old Piano
  35. Bob Wills & Texas Playboys-Stay A Little Longer
  36. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys-Texas Playboy Rag
  37. Spade Cooley-Boggs Boogie
  38. Johnny Bond-The Daughter Of Jole Blon
  39. Spade Cooley-Spadella
  40. Hank Penny-Steel Guitar Stomp
  41. Bob Wills-Steel Guitar Stomp
  42. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys-Steel Guitar Rag
  43. Leon McAuliffe-Steel Guitar Rag
  44. Leon McAuliffe-Twin Guitar Boogie
  45. Leon Mcauliffe-Take It Away Leon
  46. Shelly Lee Alley-Train Whistle Blues
  47. Shelly Lee Alley-I've Got the Blues #2
  48. Al Dexter-Down At The Roadside Inn
  49. Ted Daffan's Texans-Blue Steel Blues
  50. Ted Daffan-Weary Steel Blues
  51. Ted Daffan-Car Hop's Blues
  52. Charles Mitchell-Mean Mama Blues
  53. Sons Of The West-Panhandle Rag
  54. Sons Of The West-Sally's Got A Wooden Leg
  55. Hi-Flyers-Juke Box Jump
  56. Leodie Jackson-Steeling The Blues
  57. Leodie Jackson-Double Crossin' Mama
  58. Spade Cooley-Steel Guitar Rag
  59. Spade Cooley-Texas Steel Guitar
  60. Johnny Bond-John's Other Wife
  61. Johnny Bond-I Won't Stand In Your Way
  62. Ernest Tubb-So Round So Firm So Fully Packed
  63. Ernest Tubb-Don't Look Now (But Your Broken Heart Is Showing)
  64. Jimmy Heap & The Melody Masters-Dessau Waltz
  65. Billy Briggs-Down In New Orleans
  66. Billy Briggs-Pretty Baby Boogie
  67. Lone Star Cowboys-Steel Guitar Bounce
  68. Cecil Campbell & The Tennessee Ramblers-Steel Guitar Hop
  69. Cecil Campbell & The Tennessee Ramblers-Campbell's Steel Guitar Special
  70. Les Anderson-This Is Southland
  71. Les Anderson-And I Shook
  72. Tommy Sargent-Steel Guitar Boogie
  73. Merl Lindsay & His Oklahoma Nite Riders-Safety Pin Rag
  74. Merl Lindsay & His Oklahoma Nite Riders-Slidin' Steel
  75. Tiny Murphy & His Bar 69 Boys-Hot Steel
  76. Little Jimmy Dickens-I've Just Got To See You Once More
  77. Buster Martin-Herbie's Steel Guitar Polka
  78. Hank Penny-Remington Ride
  79. Webb Pierce-I Need You Like A Hole In The Head
  80. Shot Jackson-Steeling The Mood
  81. Floyd Tillman-I Don't Care Anymore
  82. George Morgan-Be Sure You Know
  83. Billy Walker-Mexican Joe
  84. Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant-Speedin' West
  85. Speedy West-Stratosphere Boogie
  86. Hank Williams & The Drifting Cowboys-Settin' The Woods On Fire
  87. Joe Maphis-Fire On The Strings
  88. Charlie Feathers-Peepin' Eyes
  89. Charlie Feathers-I've Been Deceived
  90. Marvin Rainwater-Where Do We Go From Here
  91. Slim Rhodes-Uncertain Love
  92. Slim Rhodes-Gonna Romp And Stomp Tonight
  93. Onie Wheeler-A Booger Gonna Getcha
  94. Onie Wheeler-A Beggar For Your Love
  95. Faron Young-Shame On You
  96. Faron Young-I'm Gonna Live Some Before I Die
  97. Rose Maddox-Looky There Over There
  98. Terry Fell-That's The Way The Big Ball Bounces
  99. Terry Fell-Wham Bam Hot Ziggity Zam
  100. Melvin Endsley-I Ain't Getting' Nowhere With You
  101. Bill Haley & The Comets-Is It True What They Say About Dixie
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