New Jerry pic (to me, at least...) Pedal Steel content

New Jerry pic (to me, at least...) Pedal Steel content

Postby Pete B. » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:06 pm

Jer setting up his Pedal Steel Guitar at a gig:
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The following quote (read thru the coupla typos) is a recollection written by DeWitt "Scotty" Scott, who owned, and still owns, a Pedal Steel Guitar store in St.Louis, MO:
I was at my store, Scotty's Music" in St. Louis and whole bunch of long haired people came in and all I said to them was "Howdy". I didn't know who they were.They got really riendly and in fact invited me to the Keil Auditorium in St. Louis for their sound check. I went and there was a ZB steel guitar sitting on stage with a Sho Bud amp and a guy was playing on it. He asked me to sit down and play some on it. I did and and this guy was sitting on the floor looking up and when I hit a lick he would say, "far out" and asked how I played that. Of course I showed as I would any other person. I still didn't know who the band was. I went to the concert that night and I then found out it was the Gratedful Dead and the steel player was Jerry Garcia. Jerry set me in a chair a few feet from him ON STAGE. I was ejoying the show until a guy tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around and it was Bob Heil from Marrisa, Il. He said to me, "Scotty, turn around". I did and there was no one behind the stage anymore. Bob said nobody is allowed behind stage when the Dead are playing. I got so embarrassed I got off the stage. The net time that the Dead came to St. Louis and the New Riders were with them and both bands came to the store and we had a kind off the wall jam session. Somtimes Buddy Cage would play the steel and then I would play. I owned Lloyd Green's old double neck Sho Bud with the yellow streak on the front and that is the guitar we played on. They came to the store one more time and anytime they would get within 200 miles of St. Louis they would call me and I would take my reel to reel tape recorder to the motel and took several tapes of the Steel Guitar Convention with me and after their concert we would listen to them the rest of the night. I took pictures and even put up a mike and recorded that jam session. I sold Jerry a double neck MSA and when it came time to pay for it the manager said to me, "Whats our price"? Jerry put his hand on his shoulder and said, You pay this man full price"! Wow! Jerry and I coresponded for awhile and we exchanged LP's with each other. He sent me every LP the Dead and New Riders had and I sent him all of my Midland steel guitar records. Its odd - a guy devoted to pure country and one of the most respected guys in rock and roll getting together and being so friendly with each other. Jerry Garcia and DeWitt "Scotty" Scott Bob Weir and the rest of the band were very friendly too! Scotty
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Re: New Jerry pic (to me, at least...)

Postby hippieguy1954 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:00 am

Great pic and a great story too!
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Postby The Stag » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:07 am

ive never seen it before, learn somthin new everyday mmk
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Re: New Jerry pic (to me, at least...)

Postby joethepainter » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:18 pm

...my favorite part is this..."I sold Jerry a double neck MSA and when it came time to pay for it the manager said to me, "Whats our price"? Jerry put his hand on his shoulder and said, You pay this man full price"! Wow!"... What killer stuff! Goes to show the lengths ol' Jer would go to get the real deal in a real way. Beautiful! Anyways, thanks for sharing, man... 8)
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Re: New Jerry pic (to me, at least...)

Postby Mr.Burns » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:53 pm

joethepainter wrote:...my favorite part is this..."I sold Jerry a double neck MSA and when it came time to pay for it the manager said to me, "Whats our price"? Jerry put his hand on his shoulder and said, You pay this man full price"! Wow!"... What killer stuff! Goes to show the lengths ol' Jer would go to get the real deal in a real way. Beautiful! Anyways, thanks for sharing, man... 8)


Jerry liked to give away guitars. I wouldn't be surprised if that's what became of this too. :hail:
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Re: New Jerry pic (to me, at least...)

Postby Pete B. » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:25 am

Mr.Burns wrote:Jerry liked to give away guitars. I wouldn't be surprised if that's what became of this too. :hail:

Read this tribute/article including insight to Jer's early Pedal Steel interests:
http://www.petegrant.com/flash_garcia.html
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Re: New Jerry pic (to me, at least...) Pedal Steel content

Postby old man down » Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:44 pm

Thank you for this, Pete. Sent it to my friend who has taken many a lesson from Buddy over the years. Asked him to see what Buddy might remember of St. Louis and that "off the wall jam." I'll pass it along if he finds out anything.
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Re: New Jerry pic (to me, at least...) Pedal Steel content

Postby Pete B. » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:54 pm

Here are a few YouTubes of the song "Together Again" as mentioned in that article, Jerry heard this and said "We gotta get a Pedal Steel!".
The Pedal Steel is prominant right from the start.
Note how the Steel fills the gaps between the vocals. Those are called "Fill's", but I guess we can call them "Phills" around here. :oops:
There are some cool closeups of the Pedal Steel in this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hp1niLsTgU
Buck-a-Roo's In full costume (Jerry cut "Teach Your Children Well" with the same brand Steel as seen/heard here):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYKVb7T1n2I
The studio version that Pete Grant and Jerry G probably heard on the radio that day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb0zWgfxPqo

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Re: New Jerry pic (to me, at least...) Pedal Steel content

Postby joethepainter » Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:22 pm

Pete B. wrote:
Mr.Burns wrote:Jerry liked to give away guitars. I wouldn't be surprised if that's what became of this too. :hail:

Read this tribute/article including insight to Jer's early Pedal Steel interests:
http://www.petegrant.com/flash_garcia.html

Great stuff! My feeling is Jer would no sooner 'lowball' Scotty than keep that MSA decrepit in a corner when Pete had a use for it...the real deal, in a real way!...Thx for the schooling, peeps....
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Re: New Jerry pic (to me, at least...) Pedal Steel content

Postby mgbills » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:11 pm

Very cool, Pete!

I wonder if Ole Jerr was ever forced to watch Buck on HeeHaw, as a lad. (Acknowedging that time being what it is, that's not possible).

I think my Dad used HeeHaw & Laurence Welk to get me go to bed on Saturday nights. Circa...1972.

Buck...he still makes me uneasy. But at least I can appreciate the pedal steel after watching you tear it up with that fancy machine of yours.
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