Monday, February 6, 2012



98 WSIX And Band Against MS Join Forces Again To Raise Funds For MS Research

February 6, 2012 – Multi-platinum selling country artist Clay Walker will host the third annual Chords of Hope: The Clay Walker MS Benefit Concert at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on June 5th. The concert, presented by 98 WSIX and produced by Clay’s charity Band Against MS (BAMS), will help raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis research with proceeds going to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. To date, Chords of Hope: The Clay Walker MS Benefit Concert, has donated around 100,000 dollars to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Tickets for the concert, which will also include performances by Jerrod Neimann, Hal Ketchum, and Sarah Marince, are on sale now at

Chords of Hope is a truly special event to me because it helps raise funds and awareness for MS research while also getting the chance to perform for fans,” said Clay. “I am so grateful for all of the support that we have gotten over the last two years at this event and cannot wait to make this one even bigger!”

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 Clay founded Band Against MS (BAMS), a non profit charity committed to providing educational information and research grants to institutions searching for a cure or treatment for MS, and fund programs that help those living with the disease. Walker established BAMS with the goal of helping others living with the same disease he has battled.  To date, BAMS has raised more than 2 million dollars.  

As a true fan favorite with a devoted legion of followers across the country Clay Walker made his country music debut in 1993. Since then, he has sold over 11 million albums, had 11 #1 hit singles, four RIAA platinum and two gold certified albums under his belt. His ninth studio album She Won’t Be Lonely Long was released on Curb Records and the title track was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top 10 Hot Country Songs for 2010. To learn more about Clay Walker and BAMS, visit and

Steel Guitar News February 6. 2012

Hello fellow players,

This week I’m going to answer some often asked questions. It may bore some of you producers and disc jockeys to tears, but I get these questions from so many steel players that I had better answer them now.

Here is an email I got from Bob Gondesen. I have answered the questions inside the text of the email so that the answers will be together with the questions.

Hi Bobbe,

I hope you are feeling and doing fine, I was hoping you could answer some of my questions.

Question: Did Bud Isaac put the A pedal pulling just the B string first?

Answer: No, he pulled his B’s and C#’s together with one pedal. He did not split the pedal the way it was done a few years later.

Question: Who then joined the B and G# strings on the A pedal?

Answer: The obvious answer to this question as I stated in answer number one was Bud Isaacs.

Question: Who added the B pedal on and what function did it serve?

Answer: The first people to pull the B pedal alone by itself were Jimmy Day and Buddy Emmons who both did it about the same time. Buddy Emmons and Jimmy Day were very close during this period of time and when one would get an idea about something, he would pass it on to the other.

These guys were so close, you had to use a crowbar to separate them. Much of the advancement of steel guitar could be laid directly in the laps of these two great players.

Question: Did Buddy Emmons split the A pedal pulling the B string to C# and B pedal and string G# To A?

Answer: Actually the very first split pedal was sort of an accident by Paul Bigsby on the Johnny Sibert Bigsby. When Sonny Burnett got the guitar from Johnny Sibert with no pedals on it, he sent the guitar back to Paul Bigsby to be modified to his specifications so he could play all the songs that Bud Isaacs had previously recorded with Webb Pierce.

We can all see now why this guitar was bought for Sonny by Webb Pierce. Webb needed a guitar behind him that was physically able to make the same sound and changes that Bud Isaacs had come up with for his song “Slowly”.

The guitar was finally received by Sonny from Paul Bigsby in California via Railway Express. When Sonny anxiously set the guitar up and tried to play it, the guitar had a E9th setup on it with the pedals split backwards. Sonny didn’t like it and asked Jimmy Day to try it and see what he could do with it. Jimmy played it for a couple weeks around Nashville and fell madly in love with the guitar and immediately tried to order one for himself.

Jimmy had to have the Bigsby with the pedals split this way, however Bigsby was three years behind in his order book at this time so Jimmy ordered a four neck Wright Custom guitar which he could get in a matter of weeks. This is the guitar you can see him playing on YouTube with Ray Price. This is also the guitar that he recorded Crazy Arms with, an incredible guitar with as unique a tone as you’ve ever heard.

Anyway, getting back to the original story, Jimmy let Buddy Emmons know by telephone what had transpired and how many new wonderful things he could play by dividing the duties between the A and B pedals.

Buddy immediately hooked his Bigsby guitar up to do the same thing, but by the time he got back off the road, the little jam session that Jimmy and Buddy had planned so that they could show each other the new things that they had learned was taking place before they realized that one of them had hooked their guitar up opposite from the other one.

Buddy’s first pedal farthest to the left from the players position, was pulling the B string and the second pedal pulled the G# string to A. Paul Bigsby had sent the guitar to Sonny Burnett hooked up the opposite way, so Jimmy naturally was already starting to learn things in reverse.

By the time all the dust settled there ended up what was to be called the Emmons setup and the Day setup which was opposite. When Sonny got his Bigsby back, he ended up sending it back to Paul Bigsby and had the split setup put back together where one pedal pulled both strings which he played like this for a couple of years until he realized that he was the first guy in the world to have a split setup on his first two pedals and the guitar was the inspiration to Jimmy and Buddy to make that setup famous.

That guitar ended up being a mainstay guitar for the great Lloyd Green. Of course, by this time Shot Jackson was the pedal guitar guru in Nashville and Shot did all the main repair work for not only this Bigsby but many other Bigsbys in town like putting the pedal on Walter Haines Bigsby guitar, Buddy’s, Jimmy Day’s along with building a new guitar called the Sho-Bud with these pedals on it from Shot’s little factory.

Shot would ask every new customer if they wanted the Buddy Emmons setup or the Jimmy Day setup. In the beginning it was divided about fifty-fifty. Now days the Buddy Emmons setup has turned out to be the standard from the factories with only a few of the old original players playing the Jimmy Day setup.

Question: If this is true, wouldn’t the Emmons be the first set up and not the Day set up?

Answer: No, the Emmons was not the first setup. Day was the first setup because of Paul Bigsby miscalculating in the beginning. Remember, the first pedal for several years was not split at all. If Paul Bigsby hadn’t sent Sonny Burnett his guitar with the pedals split by mistake, it may have been quite a while before this great idea would have surfaced.

Thanks again
Bob Gondesen
La Marque ,Texas

With these emailed questions answered, now back to the regular newsletter.

I know I’m going to get a million people email me asking me which setup is better, Day or Emmons. I’ll answer it the way Jimmy Crawford and Tom Morrell would have answered it. Jimmy Crawford would say it makes no difference at all, but if you want to stay on the side of numbers and have a standard setup like you should have, the Emmons is the way to do it because that’s the way all teaching methods are written.

Tom Morrell would answer it by saying what difference does it really make? You either play or you don’t.

I personally feel like many of the great players of the day in that all setups on steel guitar need to be standard the way piano keyboards are standard and guitar tunings are standard and all other musical instruments are standard. Steel guitar should not be setup just to play one lick easily.

By the way, if anybody comes by my store to visit and wants to see several of these Bigsbys that set the direction for steel guitar from the fifties on, just ask me when you come to my store about seeing these classic old guitars because they are not on public display.

Isn’t the world of steel guitar interesting? It’s full of twists and turns and naturally Buddy may remember this story differently as may other steel players. However being there at the time and knowing Sonny Burnette, Paul Bigsby, Johnny Sibert, Buddy Emmons and Jimmy Day, my account of this is probably as accurate as you’ll ever see.

I have heard other accounts in the past fifty years that were obviously very wrong, so I feel this is as close as you’re going to get to the true facts. Until next time, don’t be afraid to email me and remember I have free shipping on all guitars until the end of the month.

Check out our monthly specials at and we’ll try to save you a lot of money.

Your buddy,

Steel Guitar Nashville
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Hendersonville, TN. 37075
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Wynonna records Whatever Brings You Back

Wynonna records Whatever Brings You Back
for upcoming film Act of Valor soundtrack
Soundtrack available by Capitol Records Nashville on February 21, 2012;
Pre-Order of Album Available On The iTunes® Store Now
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) – Relativity Music Group is pleased to announce the release of the soundtrack for Relativity Media’s adrenaline-fueled Navy SEAL action-thriller Act of Valor, featuring brand new original songs written and inspired by the film from today’s top recording artists including: Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd, Montgomery Gentry, and more. In theatres February 24, 2012, the Bandito Brothers’ Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history, along with actors Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano, in an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking. Pre-Order of the Act of Valor album is available on the iTunes® store now. The soundtrack will be released by Relativity Music Group and distributed in music retail locations by Capitol Records Nashville on February 21st.

The track listing includes original songs written and performed by artists including: Keith Urban (whose song “For You” is featured in the film’s end credits), Sugarland (“Guide You Home”), Lady Antebellum (“I Was Here”), Trace Adkins (“If the Sun Comes Up”), Lori McKenna (“Two Soldiers Coming Home”), Jake Owen (“The Best I Can”), Montgomery Gentry (“What It Takes”), Josh Kelley (“The Best of Me”), Hunter Hayes (“Where We Left Off”), and Wynonna Judd (“Whatever Brings You Back”).

Produced and directed by former Baja 1000 champion Mike “Mouse” McCoy and former stuntman Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad (300), Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an edge-of-their-seat journey, when a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly-trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film—showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.

Relativity’s expansive upcoming slate includes the magical adventure comedy Mirror Mirror (in theatres March 30, 2012), starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane, and Armie Hammer. The studio just wrapped production on the comedy 21 and Over and is currently in pre-production on Nicholas Sparks’ gripping love story Safe Haven and the international espionage thriller Hunter Killer.

For more information about Act of Valor, please visit



Nashville, TN – Feb. 6, 2012 – GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced today that they will take their headlining OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR to Europe this summer with dates scheduled across the continent. Fans can purchase tickets beginning this Fri., Feb. 10 through as well as find more details on additional upcoming European dates as they are announced.

"Every time we've gone over to Europe, the fans there have given us such a warm welcome," said Lady A's Dave Haywood.  "It's an honor for us to be able to travel abroad and share our music with so many other countries…plus, we love to get out and sightsee and really experience each place we visit.  Europe is going to be a blast!"

7/10 Dublin, Ireland                        Olympia Theatre

7/13 Glasgow, UK                           Royal Concert Hall
7/15 Manchester, UK                      Manchester Apollo
7/16 London, UK                             Hammersmith Apollo
7/18 Essen, Germany                     Philharmonie
7/20 Frankfurt, Germany                 Jahrhunderthalle
7/21 Munich, Germany                   Tollwood Festival
7/23 Copenhagen, Denmark            Falconer Theatre
7/24 Gothenburg, Sweden               Tradgardsforeningen
7/26 Seljord, Norway                       Countryfestivalen
7/27 Stockholm, Sweden                 Solliden Skansen

Lady A kicked off their OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR last week with sold out and record-breaking shows in the US. The trio will break from the road this weekend for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards where they will present and are also nominated for Best Country Album. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit

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