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Buddy Emmons

The flying fingers of steel guitar virtuoso Buddy Emmons unspooling blazing lines that nobody had ever heard before made him an obvious choice for Grand Ole Opry's national spotlight and to tour in the bands of country icons Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Little Jimmy Dickens and Roger Miller. But this one-time child prodigy from Mishawaka, Ind., who'd picked up the instrument at the age of 6, was always looking beyond the Nashville skyline to play in settings that would stretch his prodigious talent to the max. In 1963, Emmons conquered his musical Everest by hooking up with tenor sax man Jerome Richardson, pianist Bobby Scott, bassist Art Davis and drummer Charlie Persip to cut a landmark jazz album that opened a lot of eyes and added steel guitar to the jazzman's ever-expanding arsenal. In restoring this rare classic to vinyl, Steel Guitar Jazz has been cut from the original Mercury Records stereo masters and it sounds positively devastating! One of our absolute all-time faves!