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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ralph Mooney RIP

There is no point for me to write an article about Ralph Mooney when so many other people have (Click Here for article in Fretboard Journal).
I'm sitting in my lazyboy after a day of planting and I'm listening to Mr. Mooney play the pedal steel guitar with Hoyt Axton on "When the Morning Comes."
Mr. Mooney passed away at age 82.  He toured and recorded with Waylon Jennings for 20 years. He also appeared as a session musician on many albums and for many different artists. He is credited as one of the developers of the Bakersfield country sound, which was a step away from the over-produced, pop styled Nashville sound of the past 30 years.
You can find him on ablums by Merle Haggard, Neil Young, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Jessi Coulter, and even Wanda Jackson. Plus, he played as a studio musician on many 45's recorded by local artists.
Here is another interesting comment about him.
Everyone is dying, it must be the end of the world...


  1. Budde , as a sometimes country music fan I was surprised I had never heard of this man. After watching a video at youtube I see he was quite the steel guitar player. Plenty of tributes showing up there. To me, steel guitar and country music go together. First name comes to mind is our own Sask. local Tex Emery.
    Unfortunately I can't find him onyoutube.

  2. I did not realize tex Emery was from Sask. I think people who master the steel guitar are amazing. I am not that clever!

  3. Central Oregon GrownMarch 24, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    My Uncle Norbert Buck played a lot with Buck Owens and more around the Northwest - steel guitar...thanks for the youtube, takes me back to those times....The instrument is kind of
    a lost art, Norbert is still with us but sold
    the guitar.


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