Gary Carpenter

Steel Guitar Favourites

Gary started playing Steel Guitar in 1975, and has worked with many artists through the years. During the 1980's he worked extensively with Red Steagall, and later with Ray Price up until the end of 1989. In the 90's he has been much in demand in the recording studio and has also worked with artists such as, Darrell McCall, Billy Keeble,(See review) Curt Ryle (See review) and Johnny Duncan.

Having alway's been a big fan of the pedal steel guitar,
it gives me great satisfaction to be asked to review this Instrumental album from one of the most respected Steel Guitar players in the business.

Self produced by Gary, the album is complemented with some great musicianship from; Mark Abbott and Jim Pack on Bass, Steve Baker and Rich O'Brien on Guitar, Wayne Bennett and Ron Thompson on Drums, Randy Elmore on Fiddle and Mandolin, Reggie Ruefer on Fiddle and Randy Turner on Piano.

The album isn't all country music, but contains 16 tracks that vary in style from Jazz, "Blues Walk", "Perdido" "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Relaxin", to Country, "Cold,Cold Heart", wonderful versions of "Four In The Morning", "Look At Us", "Blue", and the excellent "Steel Guitar Rag". The easy listening sounds of the ever popular "Sleepwalk", "Beyond The Sea", "The Nearness Of You" and "Poor Side Of Town", to the Gospel of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". He also takes us to Hawaii with "Hawaiin Honeymoon" and even fits in some big band sounds with his excellent rendition of "Moon Glo".

This is a wonderful album of easy listening music that is great to have on in the background while you are doing other things, or to just sit and relax to. Gary is a very talented Steel Guitar player who does great justice to these classic tunes.

If you're a fan of the Pedal Steel Guitar, check out this album from a man who certainly knows how it should be played.
You won't be dissapointed.