Pedal Steel Podcast Episode 2 – Paul Brainard

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Our guest this month is Paul Brainard, a veteran of the Alt-Country and Americana scene, playing and recording with many top names over the last decade and beyond. He specializes in all forms of Steel Guitar—pedal, non-pedal, Dobro—as well as guitar and trumpet. He is further noted for his producing skills and his instrumental arrangements of strings and horns.

Paul is currently a fixture of the local music scene in Portland, Oregon, where he is a much-in-demand sideman and session player. He also leads several ensembles of his own including a jazz organ trio, the Hawaiian-influenced Pu Pu Platters, and hisFun Machine Orchestra. His first self-released CD, Caught Steelin’, was produced in 2007.

Paul and I chat about his musical history, his latest gig, pedal steel mechanics, tuning, gear, and more!

Also featured is a song by Gordon Hartin.

Relevant links: Red RhodesDaniel Lanois Rig RundownSierra Steel Guitars • Van Halen’s tuning problems (the synth track was sharp, not flat as I mentioned in the podcast).

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