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on 31 August 2013
A superb project, with many world class steel players paying tribute to the outstanding steel guitarist of the 20th century. Buddy Emmons has pioneered almost single handedly the standard for modern pedal steel, its tunings and even designed the guitar by which all pedal steels have been measured against for tone and size since 1964 - the Emmons push-pull guitar.

With singers Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson leading the artists who have volunteered to be involved in this project, it demonstrates the esteem that Buddy Emmons is held in by artists and and musicians alike. Emmons is a genius who has generously bequeathed all profits from the album to go to his charity (Country Hall Of Fame Museum) in the name of his late wife Peggy.

A must-have album for all music lovers of steel guitar.
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on 28 August 2013
What a great idea to salute to one of the best steel guitarists, Buddy Emmons. You have a great assembly of artists saying their particular ' thanks' for Buddy's influence - Duane Eddy, Albert Lee, Emmylou Harris, Dan Dragmore, Willie Nelson to name a few.

The music takes you back to a slightly different era. The sleeve notes give you paint a picture of Buddy and the music says what you need to know. Enjoy.
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Buddy Emmons is, quite simply, the most influential and innovative steel guitarist of all time. He has played with the road bands of stars such as Ray Price, Little Jimmy Dickens, Roger Miller and the Everly Brothers, was one of Nashville's busiest session men and was elected to the Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 1981.

The material on this sixteen track album is a tribute the work of Buddy and was either performed or written by him. It features some of country music's most celebrated steel guitarists including Jay Dee Maness, Albert Lee, Dan Dugmore, Greg Leisz and the legendary rock 'n' roll guitarist, Duane Eddy who have all given their talents to this charity album.

Instrumental highlights include the exquisite "Blue Jade" performed by Dan Dugmore and Duane Eddy, "Invitation To The Blues" by long time Merle Haggard band member Norm Hamlet and a shimmering version of "Shenandoah" by Gary Carter, the Marty Stuart sideman.

Little Jimmy Dickens gave Buddy his first job in the fifties and so it is fitting that Dickens, now 93, joins Dan Dugmore and Duane Eddy with an emotional reading of "When A House Is Not A Home".

There are some glorious vocals to cherish on this collection with steel backings as befitting a salute to Emmons. There is the spine tingling "That's All It Took" by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, a bluesy and haunting version of "Night Life" by Raul Malo and steel player Randle Currie while Vince Gill cuts loose with "Country Boy". Former Emmylou Hot Band member, Albert Lee, demonstrates what a fine vocalist he is on "Rainbows All Over Your Blues". But it is strange that the excellent Willie Nelson cut, "Are You Sure", is the only vocal track that doesn't feature a steel guitar.

The album closes with a another stellar collaboration between Dan Dugmore and Duane Eddy on the Hank Williams classic, "The Mansion On The Hill".

But there isn't a single dud on an album that gives such a warm feeling of singers and musicians doing what they love to do most. It's not only a tribute to Buddy Emmons, it's a celebration of the enduring appeal of country music and the people that make it.
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on 5 October 2013
Not really a bad track on the entire CD. One or two weak ones, notably from Willie Nelson, and poor old Little Jimmy Dickens, his voice certainly reflecting his age. But you gotta give him credit. Duane Eddy is given credits on Little Jimmy's track, but very hard to hear that great twangy guitar. Duane himself has two brilliant tracks featuring Dan Dugmore. Excellent song from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, and too many more to mention.
Well worth spending your hard earned dollars on this one.
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on 21 September 2013
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on 27 October 2013
Great musicians playing great songs with the cherry on the icing being the rich and authoritive tone of Duane Eddy's guitar featuring on some of the tracks. Everyone seems to be sharing a love of Buddy Emmons and his music - a great project resulting in a wonderful album.
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on 18 October 2013
A genuine and heartfelt tribute to a great talent. Not a bad track on this album - Worth purchasing just for for 'Mansion On The Hill' with Duane Eddy sounding like an outtake from his 'Country Song' album from the early 60's.
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on 1 November 2013
As a novice pedal steel guitar player I really enjoyed this album as it features some of the best players on the planet. It has a good selection of songs on the CD ans is well worth a listen.
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on 10 December 2013
Country at its best a worthy tribute album, so many artist pay homage to Buddy emmons steel guitarist ,music really good album to listen to highly recommended.
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on 12 October 2013
Great performances by all involved and this is a tribute album that sounds as if the artists were really enjoying themselves.
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