It was a scorching, humid afternoon with a heat index pushing the 100’s (Fahrenheit) at this year’s steel guitar jam at the Long Hollow Jamboree. On the outskirts of Nashville, TN, the hot picking from some of Nashville’s best players didn’t help the temperature. Although this didn’t stop many people from enjoying so much world-class steel guitar playing, all in one day.
The 2016 Stars & Steel Guitars Summer Jam was hosted by Bobby Reed, who did a great job ensuring that the event was entertaining, as well as the steel playing. There were steel guitar Hall of Famers, road warriors, Nashville pro players, and an engaged listening audience that was enthusiastic to hear them. Did I mention that the host band and guest singers were top-notch too?
It started in the early afternoon, and lasted late into the evening. I was able to attend most of the event, until early evening, and took some photos to capture some visual moments. Though the sounds from the steel guitars and music is what really made this jam momentous.
Here is the lineup from the event, which changed as the day went on due to guest musicians and player scheduling. I have included many photos below this, and tried to put them in order of the set list and artist schedule so they can be identified. There were many more jams and players than seen here, and I apologize for not having photos of these: I wish I could’ve stayed through the night! I will work on attaching names to the photos soon.
***These performances are pictured***
1:40 Bobby Reed & The Host Band
2:30 Lynn Owsley & Billy Robinson (guest appearance by Amber Martin) ***
3:20 Jay Shupe & The Host Band***
4:10 Pat Severs & Ricky Henson***
5:00 Tyler Hall (guest appearance by Rhonda Vincent)***
5:50 Drew Covington & Charlie Whitten ***
6:40 Rodney Crisp with Amber Martin
7:30 Perley Curtis & Larry Dolan
8:20 Rich Swaggart & Jerry Miller
9:10 Larry & Shelia Denham
10:00 Special Guest & mixed players jam
Lloyd Green’s playing tone is a blazing fire; scorching, yet sharply defined by the outlines of the flames. His pedal steel playing is fearless, and his tone shows it. His notes are like sparks in the wind, waiting to ignite everything around it with a bewildering, natural grace.
Mr. Nashville has been on so many sessions, and so many hit songs, that it is unfathomable. He was truly a man at the right place, at the right time when he settled into Nashville. The way he knocked out so many great sessions, year after year after year, reminds me of The Wrecking Crew and The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. They were stars, and their music changed (and continues to) the world.
I like to think of Lloyd Green as a Navy Seal of pedal steel. He always has the right tools, at the right time, to get the job done and with full expertise. His tone is intelligent, beaming, vintage, and phenomenal.
Lloyd Green sessions worth checking out…
Sweetheart of the Rodeo – The Byrds
Many top country hits of 60’s and 70’s!
All of his solo material: a great technical display of pedal steel.
Rebuilding the days when pedal steel players were a majority on Broadway: when multi-pedal steel jams could be found daily; when new licks were a golden treasure to be discovered; when pedal steel players were the kings and queens of the town. Let’s bring back the Golden Days of pedal steel in Nashville…
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