Pedal steel guitar pioneer Buddy Emmons, who displayed his craft alongside classic country artists such as Little Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, and Ernest Tubb, is honored during this 2017 tribute concert, featuring Country Music Hall of Fame member Hargus “Pig” Robbins, “King of Twang” guitarist Duane Eddy, Roger Miller’s son Dean Miller, and steel guitarists Dan Dugmore, Buck Reid, and Tommy White. Emmons himself appears and is interviewed by Grammy Award-winning producer and fellow steel guitarist Steve Fishell.
"The Big E: Salute to Buddy Emmons" features a montage of early video footage, including silent home movies, performances of “Four Wheel Drive” and “Life Turned Her That Way” with Dickens on “The Bobby Lord Show” in 1965, and a clip of Emmons performing “Night Life” on “Austin City Limits” with Ray Price in 1981.
Robbins and Eddy lead a "Salute to Buddy Emmons" band that includes guitarist Guthrie Trapp, bassist Byron House, and drummer Greg Marrow, and over the course of the concert, they share songs spanning Emmons’s career, including “Night Life,” “Half a Mind,” “Blue Jade,” and “A Mansion on the Hill.” Featured musicians also share their personal and often humorous memories of the guest of honor.
During an interview with Fishell, Emmons offers insight into his unique preference for practicing in the dark, how he earned co-writing credit on Willie Nelson’s “Are You Sure?,” and his session work, specifically with Ray Charles in Los Angeles. He further discusses his tuning innovations and patented creation, split pedals, which are demonstrated by Reid.
Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association, and in support of the Fishell-produced album “The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons” (featuring Dickens, Eddy, Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Chris Stapleton, and more). The album’s sales were donated to the Museum in memory of Emmons’s wife, Peggy.
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