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Andy Ellison is a pedal steel guitarist based in Nashville, TN. Born just outside Philadelphia, he moved to Nashville in 2014 after graduating from Towson University in Maryland. Since then Andy has quickly made a name for himself playing live and recording with many Nashville artists and singer/songwriters. In addition to pedal steel, he also plays banjo, dobro, lap steel, and 6 string guitar. Currently, Andy is touring as the pedal steel player for Capitol Records country artist Jon Pardi.
"Hotrod" Austin Tripp has many influences on the pedal steel guitar that has molded his style into a unique mix of west coast meets east coast. His influences include but are not limited to "Cowboy" Eddie Long, Robby Turner, Paul Franklin, Buddy Emmons, and Julian Tharpe. Austin began playing the steel at age 13 and began touring with acts by age 16. He has been blessed to share the stage , road and studio with Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton and several others. He is currently touring and recording with country artist Cody Jinks. Austin is one of the few players that use the 12 string universal tuning and he has adapted it and made it his own. On the road, Austin uses a custom 12 string G2 that he named "Phoenix". Austin is honored to work with Mullen Steel Guitars and can't wait to see what the future holds for them both.
Ben White was influenced by music at an early age and started playing guitar around age 4. Ben started taking lessons learning basic chords and scales. From there, he began to replicate his favorite styles of old country, western swing and classic rock. For years, Ben enjoyed playing lead guitar with various bands. Ben also plays fiddle, mandolin, and lap steel which helped him better understand and become interested in the pedal steel guitar. Some of Ben’s greatest influences on pedal steel include John Hughey, Buddy Emmons, Doug Jernigan, Buck Reid, and Jimmy Crawford. As Ben became more interested in playing pedal steel, he looked into custom-made options as he is left-handed and needed a company that would tailor to his needs. Thanks to Wally Moyers and Ben’s family (for pooling together for the graduation gift), Ben was able to custom order his Mullen double-neck G2 guitar. Since then, Ben has played this guitar all over the United States and has even taken it to France. Moving forward Ben will continue making music and great memories behind his left-handed Mullen guitar!
Chad Jeffers is an East Tennessee Native. Born and raised where music is deeply rooted at the foot hills of the Appalachian Mountains. Jeffers was influenced by traditional country music that his dad introduced to him at an early age. His dad, Doc Jeffers, was and accomplished singer/songwriter having songs recorded by Conway/ Loretta, Tommy Overstreet and many others. At one point, Conway was going to produce some sides on him, cutting some demos with the Twitty Birds (and yes, John Hughey on steel.) Growing up with such a rich musical heritage prepared Chad for his move to Nashville where he quickly became part of the fabric of the music community. Working for Reba McEntireat her Starstruck Entertainment, graduating from Belmont University (1997 and again in 1998), Jeffers began his touring musician career with The Wilkinsons (26 Cents). He went on to start a band with a friendwhich eventually was signed to RCA and had success with their Dobro driven song Barbed Wire and Roses. After Pinmonkey, Jeffers toured with Keith Urban, which then led him to a gig with Kenny Loggins. After Kenny's 40 date tour in 2007, he received the call from Carrie Underwood to tour exclusively as her guitarist, where he covers guitars, primarily Pedal Steel. When not touring with world renowned artists, Jeffers is a Music Business Adjunct Professor at Belmont University, and also gives lectures throughout the world. In 2019, he released BackStage Notes - a website and guide to making it in the business. "Touring the world playing music is my passion," says Jeffers... "but helping others in achieving their dreams is my purpose."
Chris Castle is a pedal steel guitarist from the hills of eastern Kentucky near Butcher Holler. Chris relocated to Nashville during the summer of 2018. After moving to Nashville Chris started touring with Ray Scott for the remainder of 2018. Chris has also performed with Mo Pitney, Georgette Jones, Julie Reeves, Marty Brown, Jamie O’Neal, and Ken Mellons. Recently, Chris was on tour playing steel, dobro, and mandolin with MIDLAND doing shows across the country opening for acts including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, and several others. Chris started playing steel at age 10 and was inspired by his grandpa, Don, who had a sho-bud before buying a Derby steel a few years later. The love of music was also instilled in Chris from an early age by his father, Ron, who always accompanied Chris playing guitar and singing at steel guitar shows with him. Some of the biggest steel guitar influences for Chris include John Hughey, Buddy Emmons, Hal Rugg, Curly Chalker, Jeff Newman, Paul Franklin, Lloyd Green, David Hartley, Tommy White, and Tom Brumley just to name a few. Chris plays almost daily in Nashville when not on the road and favors the Nashville Palace and Layla’s.
Chuck Lettes has shared the stage with many touring artists including LeRoy VanDyke, Doug Kershaw, Asleep at the Wheel, Vince Gill, Johnny Lee, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He was the staff steel guitarist for Denver’s longest running musical, “Always… Patsy Cline.” Chuck performs locally, often with Lannie Garrett. In addition to musical performances, Chuck has written for The Pedal Steel Guitar Association’s Newsletter since l984 and has earned the magazine’s Reader Appreciation award for his column, “New Instrumentals for the Steel Guitar.” Chuck has presented steel guitar seminars and concerts at many of the steel guitar conventions across the United States. He continues to love and to further learn the steel guitar, but since his retirement as a high school English teacher, Chuck recently has taken up the tenor saxophone. Who says there are no second acts in life?
CJ Udeen has been a professional touring Pedal Steel Guitar player since 1991 and is currently playing Steel Guitar for Country Music Star Gary Allan. CJ has been A member of the Gary Allan band for the past 13 years and you can see him live at any Gary Allan show. CJ is also the son of a Steel Guitar Player. CJ's Dad Al Udeen has been accomplished player since the 1950's. CJ currently plays a Mullen G2 and has exclusively played Mullen Guitars for his entire 27 year professional career.
Curt is a native of Kansas who now makes his home there. He has worked in both Nashville, TN and Branson, MO and was a protege of Tom Brumley. Over the years he has worked with many artists, doing both shows and concerts.
Curt has now become a recording artist himself. You can hear his steel guitar recordings on many major music outlets.
Curt has been sitting behind a Mullen guitar for more than 25 years and he currently plays a G2 model. Ask him about a Mullen guitar and you will hear "the finest guitar made!"
Danny started working with Gene Watson in January 2012. He's played around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with various artists since 1984. Prior to working with Gene, he was with Janie Fricke and Johnny Lee. Born in California, but raised in Hurley, NY, his dad Joe Naccarato started him playing Electric Guitar at the age of 5. At 6 years old, he set the record for the youngest contestant at the American Guild of Music Convention in Chicago, and held that record for many years. After a career relocation to Dallas/Ft.Worth in the early 80's, he started playing with numerous bands around town, honing his skills on Pedal Steel Guitar. In the intervening years, he has played all over the United States, a handful of tours in Europe, and several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. In 2003, he was the Terry Awards "Steel Guitar Player of the Year".
David Kurrasch is a Dallas, Texas based steel player who has enjoyed a busy career touring with a number of Texas and Nashville based recording artists. His first "artist" gig was with country music legend Johnny Lee, of "Urban Cowboy" fame. Since taking that gig in the early 2000's, David has been touring almost non-stop. Some of the acts he's toured and/or recorded with include Sunny Sweeney, Aaron Watson, Casey James, and Craig Campbell. Currently he is on the road with Ned Ledoux, the son of country music icon Chris Ledoux. David has appeared on national TV shows like American Idol, the Ellen Degeneres Show, the Today Show, and others. He has performed on the Grand Ole Opry several times, and has been on major stadium/arena tours as an opening act for Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, and others.
Dean Holman was born in West Plains, MO; the hometown of Porter Wagoner and Jan Howard. Dean started playing steel at 15 while playing at a local hometown music show. After graduating high school, Dean began playing music shows in Lake of the Ozark and Branson, MO. While in Branson, he had the opportunity to back up many artists which eventually led him to make the move to Nashville to play for Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, and Joe Nichols. Dean also had some small stints playing for the Desert Rose Band and Kenny Chesney, this included playing many TV shows and playing numerous times on the Grand Ol Opry. Dean now resides in Branson, playing for one of the longest running world renowned music shows; Presleys' Country Jubilee. Dean considers it a great honor to be a part of the Mullen family.
Del Mullen grew up on a cattle ranch in eastern Colorado. He came from a very musical family spending as much time as possible listening to country music and the Grand Ole Opry. Del began strumming on a guitar at the age of 6. He later started playing lead guitar for dances and special occasions. After moving to Denver in the early 60's, Del took an interest in playing the steel guitar. He decided to build his own guitar for his personal use. He took his experience in machining, research and development and applied this to the Mullen Pedal Steel Guitar. As his professional career as a pedal steel guitarist began to launch (backing up Reba McIntyre, Leona Williams, Kenny Price, The Hagger Twins, Wanda Jackson and working shows with Ernest Tubb) so did the efforts to build a superior pedal steel guitar. Del is still playing professionally. He appears at the Scotty's International Steel Guitar Convention, as well as many other steel guitar shows and seminars. Del has become an established steel guitarist and knowledgeable for the Mullen Pedal Steel Guitar. He was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2016.
Born in Anniston, Alabama to a musical family, Drew’s life came with strings attached. He plays ten instruments and has been a utility player in Nashville for more than ten years. He holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College and Nashville’s Belmont University in classical guitar performance and instruction. Mostly self-taught on pedal steel, he has gone on to perform with SheDaisy, Pam Tillis, Easton Corbin, and currently with Billy Currington, Zac Brown’s Sir Rosevelt, and Midland. He has shown his Mullen off on major network morning and late night shows and at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, The Ed Sullivan Theater, Radio City Music Hall and other major venues around the world. Thanks to Mullen Steel Guitars for making a great instrument!
Gary is an Illinois native currently residing in Mt. Zion, IL. He has been playing steel guitar for over 50 years. He has played in the Talent Search Program at the International Steel Guitar Show in St. Louis. He has played dobro, lap, and pedal steel guitar in opries and steel guitar shows in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Arizona. Gary started taking piano lessons in the 4th grade. He later became interested in guitar and played in a band with his brother. While in the Air Force, Gary became interested in playing steel guitar. After the service he played steel and sang with Jerry Stufflebeam and the Sundowners in Peoria Illinois during the 1970’s. After moving to the Decatur area, Gary started the Country Fever Band which lasted for 15 years. Gary has taught guitar, dobro, bass, and steel guitar in the 70’s and 80’s in various music stores. In conjunction with Peterson Tuners, Gary most recently has authored his own video course on tuning the pedal steel guitar. He also authored a DVD course on “”How to Easily Learn to Play the E9th Neck”. Many new steel players have begun their steel guitar adventure by buying a Mullen Guitar and using Gary’s courses to help them begin playing.
All of Gary’s family including his wife, Denise, our 3 children, their spouses and 6 grandchildren all either play a musical instrument and/or sing and dance. So, we are very fortunate to have a musically oriented family with diverse instruments and styles of music in our repertoire. Gary is a proud long-time stocking dealer for Mullen Guitars, Peavey Electronics, Hilton Electronics and Peterson Tuners. Gary currently represents these companies at various steel shows such as the Southwest Steel Guitar Association Phoenix Show, the Texas Steel Guitar Association Dallas Show, and the Southern Illinois Productions Show in Mt. Vernon, IL.
Harrison Yount is a Texas born and raised pedal steel guitar player touring full-time with Cody Johnson. He first started playing musical instruments when he was 12 years old. Before playing pedal steel, he grew up a drummer and trombone player. Harrison’s interest in the pedal steel guitar began several years ago while attending an Asleep At The Wheel concert where he heard a steel guitar for the first time. Captivated by the sound, it became Harrison’s driving musical passion. Years later, Harrison visited the music scene in Nashville and his passion for playing the pedal steel guitar grew even stronger. During that trip, he had the opportunity to see Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers. After the performance, he visited with some of the members of the group including Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears, Ranger Doug, and most importantly, steel guitar legend, Paul Franklin. The visit with Paul was further inspiration for Harrison and the following day he was in what is now Steel Guitars of Nashville purchasing his first pedal steel guitar. Afterwards, Harrison spent his time honing his skill playing with various bands and recording with local artists in Austin, Texas where he formerly resided. Harrison relocated to Nashville in May 2015 where he was quickly recruited by multiple bands both locally and across the country for touring and recording work. 6 months after moving to music city, he was hired by Grammy-winning artist Kacey Musgraves. Harrison toured with Musgraves for the entirety of 2016. During his time with Musgraves he opened for artists such as George Strait, Chris Stapleton, and Tim McGraw among many others. He also performed in several famous venues such as The Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry, The Greek Theatre, The O2 arena in London, The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth. He played in 7 different countries and also performed on several national television shows including Good Morning America, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Late Night: Seth Meyers, The Colbert Report and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Harrison left the tour at the end of 2016 after Musgraves' New Year's Eve show at The Grand Ole Opry. Harrison left Nashville behind and returned to Texas at the beginning of 2017. For the following year and a half, Harrison spent the majority of his time playing with Coffey Anderson, Case Hardin, Kyle Park, and Six Sanchez. He also recorded on the record "Faith In The Water" by the Texas Red Dirt Choir which consisted of artists such as Josh Abbott, Bri Bagwell, Ray Benson, Jason Boland, Wade Bowen, Roger Creager, Deryl Dodd, Kevin Fowler, Jack Ingram, Cody Johnson, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Kyle Park, Koe Wetzel and many others. In July of 2018 Harrison was hired by Cody Johnson who he now tours with full-time.
Jamie Lennon was born in Birmingham, England and started playing steel guitar when he was nine years old. He played in his Dad’s family band performing a variety of music for about fifteen years. He always dreamed of coming to Nashville and he made that dream come true in October, 2009. He became a studio musician for Heart of Texas Records while touring with artists such as Shooter Jennings and Georgette Jones. He has backed others on various tours including Doug Stone, Hal Ketchum, Daryle Singletary and more. Currently he is working for Easton Corbin. In the five years he’s been with Easton they have opened for Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and many others. Some of his favorite venues include the Opry, the Ryman, Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center. Jamie considers the Mullen one of the best guitars he has ever played and is honored to be a part of the Mullen family.
She wanted to learn the steel guitar at 28 years of age. Later than most players. Her first teacher was Jody Sanders at Clyde's Music in Lake Jackson, Texas. Soon after she attended Jeffran College with Jeff Newman and Buddy Emmons. Through the years she studied with Bobby Garrett, Maurice Anderson, Doug Jernigan, and currently with Jody Cameron, our newest Hall of Fame member of the Texas Steel Guitar Association. Janet has received the TSGA Honorable Mention Player of the year in 1991, 1992, and in 1993. She was voted Steel Guitar Player of the Year in 1994. In 1999 she received the TSGA Presidents Award by Charlie Norris. In 2016 she and her husband Jim received the Presidents Award from Albert Talley for their ongoing support in promoting the Steel Guitar. Janet plays in several steel guitar shows throughout the United States including the "1st Steel Guitar Cruise" in 2017. She will also be playing the "2nd Steel Guitar Cruise" for 2018 in February. She has completed a brand new cd titled "It's About Time". Her equipment is a Mullen G2 and a Telonics TCA 500 amp.
Jay started playing steel guitar at age ten. He learned the ins and outs of basic set up and performing during his years with his family band. The next stage of his career included playing in bars and performing at special events with a variety of musical acts. At age thirty, Jay moved to Nashville to pursue his life-long dream of being a professional musician. After three years of playing shows, showcases, and radio touring, he landed his first big gig with Jack Ingram in 2007. Jay toured with Ingram for almost two years before landing the job of steel guitarist for Jessica Simpson during her brief country effort. Jay then became a full time member of Jason Aldean’s band in January 2010 where he continues touring.
Jerry has been playing the steel for about 40 years. He started out playing in church and then with several local gospel groups. Several years ago he got invited to start playing the Steel Shows across the States and still plays several to this day. He played steel with the " Good Ole' Boys " in Barling, Ar. for 9 years. He got to play for Claude Grey the country singer once and really enjoyed that.
Jonathan Galletti is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Nashville, TN. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jonathan grew up playing guitar in local bands, eventually going on to earn degrees in classical guitar, voice, and music education. Now you can find him playing pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, banjo, mandolin, and guitar in Nashville’s honky tonks, in the studio, or touring with many of Nashville’s top acts.
Six string and pedal steel guitar player Josh Skelton studied music in Indianapolis, where he was raised. He studied privately with jazz pianist McCoy Tyner (John Coltrane, solo performer), film composer Christopher Young (Spider-man movies, etc.) composer and music author Michael Schelle, and clinicians Kenny Arnoff (John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins, Joe Cocker, etc.), Chick Corea (Miles Davis, Return to Forever), and others. Josh’s educational legacy can be traced back to Igor Stravinsky and J.S. Bach. Since relocating to Denver Colorado, he has performed and recorded with dozens of varied acts across the United States. These artists include Michael Franti, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), and Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident). He is now recording and performing with America’s Got Talent runner-up LD Miller (Stevie Wonder, Joe Bonamassa, Blues Traveler) and is performing live with the new solo project of Neyla Pekarek (The Lumineers). Josh performs and records pedal steel only on his cherished Mullen D10 Royal Precision.
Kurt Ozan is a Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist who graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 with a degree in guitar performance. He is currently completing his Master’s of guitar performance at Belmont University. Since moving to Nashville he has been in high demand as a studio musician as well as touring with acts such as Jana Kramer, Michael Ray, and Luke Combs.
Laine has been playing steel guitar for 45 years. He was the 2017 and 2018 Texas Country Music Association steel player of the year and also won a Grammy for Jo-El Sonnier's best roots album in 2015. Laine currently plays for Texas artist Dustin Sonnier.
Few people are as important to the development of Texas music over the last 30 years as Lloyd Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has played an instrumental role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State's most famous and beloved albums. Maines began his recording and producing career in 1974. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four-thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an A-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. His work has been heard on countless recordings. Maines has been inducted into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in Lubbock, Texas, individually and as a member of the Maines Brother's Band. He was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame June 2014. He has made more appearances on the PBS show than anyone else in the history of the program.
Marcel Parijs was born at 1968 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and he started on his 21st playing the Pedal Steel Guitar. His musical hero is Buddy Emmons as you can hear on his steel playing. Marcel has a good ear and feeling for the Steel guitar. He had to teach himself to build up a great knowledge of handling/playing the E9 neck and the C6 neck on a high level. Marcel’s name became so popular in Europe and the USA so that he was several times invited to perform at Steel Guitar conventions in Dublin, Ireland and St. Louis, Dallas (USA), and doing several steel shows in The Netherlands.He played in many bands and he is an all around steelplayer. He can play country, pop, jazz and all kinds of music on his steel. He plays for international and national artists. Marcel's favorite Pedal Steel Guitar is a Mullen G2. On youtube you can see many performances of Marcel Parijs.
Matt Pynn is a Los Angeles based, multi-instrumentalist originally from the northeast. He is currently playing steel guitar with Miley Cyrus, as well as Nikki Lane. Matt, previous to Miley, was the multi-instrumentalist with Dwight Yoakam and has performed with a wide variety of different artists including Norah Jones, Boz Skaggs, The Lemonheads, Paul Cauthen, The Texas Gentlemen, Donald Fagen, Brian Wilson, and many others. Matt has been playing Mullen Steel Guitars for several years and has used his Pre-RP D10 as his primary instrument with Miley Cyrus both on stage and in the studio.
Mike is an accomplished steel guitarist who has worked with and shared the stage with such acts as Johnny Rodriguez, Western Underground, Ned Ledoux, and Michael Twitty (Conway Twitty’s son) just to name a few as well as several acts throughout Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver. A Colorado native, Mike brings incredible depth to the band with his crying steel guitar licks, as well as the Nashville sound, popular in country music. Don’t let Mike fool ya, though, he can rock out on the steel guitar with the best of them.
Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey—quite often by Robert and members of his own family, who upheld a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel—Randolph simply didn’t know it existed.
Which makes it all the more remarkable that the leader of Robert Randolph and the Family Band—whose label debut for Sony Masterworks, Got Soul—is today an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique. It wasn’t until he was out of his teens that Randolph broke away from the confines of his social and musical conditioning and discovered rock, funk, soul, jazz, and the jam band scene; soon forging his own sound by fusing elements of those genres. “It was all church music. It was a movement within our church and that’s all we used to do,” says Randolph of the sacred steel music he played at the time, music whose association with his church stretches back to the 1920s. Once Randolph began to discover other forms of music, he saw how they were all connected, and was eager to find his own place.
“All music is related. Gospel is the same as blues,” he says. “The only thing that changes is in hardcore gospel people are singing about God and Jesus and in the blues people are singing about ‘my baby left me’ and whiskey. When we first started out, guys really weren’t allowed to leave the church. I was the one that stepped out and started this thing. My dad would say, ‘Why do you come home smelling like beer and cigarettes?’ ‘Well, we just got done playing some smoky club till 2 a.m.!’ It was all foreign and different.” By the early 2000s, Randolph had begun applying his dazzling steel guitar technique to secular music, and from that grew the Family Band. The group’s sound was so different than anything else around that they were soon packing New York City clubs. Their first album, 2002’s Live at the Wetlands, was recorded at the now defunct jam band haven, and was followed by four studio albums and another live set, each widening the band’s audience—they’ve long been regulars on the festival circuit—and broadening their stylistic range as well. “Things happened really fast,” Randolph says now. “When I look back on that time, to be honest, I had no idea what the hell we were doing. We’d get told, ‘You guys are going on tour with Eric Clapton.’ ‘Oh, OK.’ I thought, this guy must not have a clue who I am but the first time I met him we talked for about an hour and played music backstage.” The Family Band’s improvisational skills quickly made them mega-popular among the jam-band crowd, but for Randolph and his band mates, what they were doing was just an extension of what they’d always done. “The jam band scene has that name but it’s really a true music art form scene where you can just be who you are,” Randolph says. “We fit in that category in some sense but the jam band scene itself has changed a lot since that time. I’ve grown to like songs and I like to jam within the song.” On Got Soul, Robert Randolph and the Family Band walk that line deftly, displaying their virtuosity within the context of a dozen smartly crafted tunes. “I like both playing live and recording,” says Randolph. “The thing about a record is you get a chance to rehearse parts and fine-tune things. But if you look at most great music artists—people like Stevie Wonder—the song is totally different from the show. When you’re in the studio, it’s hard to improvise without an audience. But for us, well, we’ve been playing in front of audiences our whole lives.”
Sarah has played the pedal steel guitar, professionally, since the age of 8 years old and 2018 sees her enter her 40th year as a professional paid musician. During this time, Sarah has won numerous awards in the UK and Europe and they include Instrumentalist of the Year, Country Rock Entertainer of the Year, along with Female vocalist of the Year (9 years in succession) and British Female Vocalist of the Year.
At the age of just 13 years old, Sarah was invited onto the stage at the St. Louis Steel Guitar Show, by the great Buddy Emmons where they both closed the show. Since then, Sarah often played at steel guitar conventions, along with Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green and Paul Franklin. Besides playing for Sir Van Morrison for 6 years, Sarah has had the privilege and opportunity to play with Ricky Skaggs, Gene Watson, Glen Campbell, Charlie Pride, Ray Scott, Eric Clapton, Imelda May, Albert Lee, Duane Eddy, and Cyndi Lauper to name but a few.
Sarah herself has made 16 albums and has played on over 250 recording projects, for other artists and as a session musician. The pedal steel guitar is Sarah's main instrument, but she is also an accomplished power slide guitarist and often plays banjo, dobro, and acoustic guitar.
Along with her Mullen endorsement, Sarah is also endorsed by Peavey, San Lorenzo Guitars, Jagwire Strings , and Telonics Amplifiers. Sarah first played a Mullen many years ago, but after playing and being endorsed by other pedal steel guitar manufacturers, she is back with the Mullen family fold and playing the new and amazing G2. Sarah's UK and European touring schedule is as busy as ever and this year she is again fully booked for the 2018 country music festival gig season.
Terry was born in Arkansas and raised in Michigan Terry began playing music in his teens with local entertainers. In 1965 Terry moved to Nashville where he worked with several country music artists. While working in Minnesota he was asked to come work for Mel Tillis and help to form his band "the Statesiders".....The rest is history
Terry Crisp has been playing and recording Steel Guitar professionally for 36 years with artists such as Charley Louvin, Ray Price, George Jones, Jimmy Forune, Ricky Skaggs, Linda Davis, Travis Tritt, Little Feat, Mark Chesnut, Chris Ladoue, Russ Taft, George Jones, Rhonda Vincent, Molly and the Haymakers, T Graham Brown, Reba McEntire, Christy Quick, Lonzo & Oscar, Jack Green & Jeannie Seely, John Conlee and Connie Smith. He is 3 children; Jacob, Taylor, and Jessie whom he loves very much! He won 3 CMA’s for Instrumental Group of the Year, The ACMA for Group of the Year and a Grammy with Ricky Skaggs for Instrumental of the Year Raising the Dickens. He has played on over 40 #1 records and been on TV shows such as Hee Haw, Good Old Nashville Music, Ralph Emery Show, Johnny Carson, Jay Lenno, David Letterman, Joan Rivers, Pat Sajacem Cold Pizza, The View, Oprah, Sally, Jimmy Kimmel Show, Ryan Seacrest, and most of the award shows! He has several endorsements and has been in the music business for over 40 years!
Tobin Hess was born to Music educators, Charles and Melissa Hess, and has been playing Music since the age of 5 years old. Being born in musical home he picked up mandolin at a very early age and started learning to play in his family band. At the age of 8 he received hisfirst dobro and at 9 he received his first 6 string lap steel. Joining local jams all the time and practicing constantly, his interest in playing slide instruments sparked. By the age of 11 he got his first pedal steel guitar and played in primarily Country bands during his earlier years. Now at age 16 he has been branching out and playing different genres such as pop, rock, blues, funk, and jazz.
The son of a steel guitarist considered a prodigy by age 10. He expanded on the styles and techniques of the masters before him, leading to blazing single note playing, unique chord structures, soul, taste, and tone. At home on the E9th and C6th, Tommy has recorded and performed as a session and touring musician with many major artists in all genres, as well as being staff steel guitarist for many national television and radio shows, including the grand ole opry. Inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2013.
Tyler started playing steel guitar at the age of 15. After graduating from his small Alabama high school in 2005, he moved to Branson and was taken in by ISGA Hall of Fame member Terry Bethel. Thanks to Terry, Tyler quickly began working steady, playing several shows and clubs around Branson and even became Terry's fill in when he couldn't be with Mel Tillis. After 4 years studying under Terry he made the move to Nashville and immediately hit the road with Joe Nichols, where he stayed for 4 years. He was also fortunate enough to tour with Daryle Singletary for the last 2 years of Dayle's life. Tyler can currently be found on tour with former Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, playing clubs around Nashville and in the studios around town.
"I'm very proud to be a part of the Mullen family for over a decade now. Mike and the guys build the best guitar on the market. I've toured with the same G2 for over a decade now and it's never once failed to perform flawlessly. I'm a busy guy and I need a guitar that can handle 300+ nights a year. Big thanks to Del, Ms. Dixie, Mike , and all the crew for building that guitar. The years of friendship and the best customer service in the world" -TH
Check out Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary's "American Grandstand" to hear Tyler's newest G2 in action!
If his playing philosophy was to be summed up in one statement, it would be this, “play for keeps.” Vince Emmett is an American Composer and Executive Music Producer. As a composer he is known for his work in Film and Television. Vince has recorded his Mullen Steel Guitar with the great Orchestras of the world. As a Producer, Vince is known for his work with Will Oldham aka’ Bonnie Prince Billy, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs and the iconic re-make of The Byrds classic, Turn Turn Turn, with Roger McGuinn.
“Good music for film or song is one thing and that’s emotion. I have spent my entire life cultivating the pathway from my heart, to my brain and into my hands. I need an instrument that can keep up. One Steel Guitar and one only makes the cut, turning thought into motion and motion into emotion- that’s Mullen, hands-down, no second place. Del Mullen created a legacy, I’m proud to be a part of it. I try to honor that legacy, every time I saddle up."
Hear Vince and his “RED” Mullen Steel Guitar on the Capitol Records release of THE SONG, songs from the Samuel Goldwyn Motion Picture. Also hear the films soundtrack score on Lakeshore Records. Look for SONIC TRILOGIES (Picture Moving Music) featuring the “RED” Mullen, on the upcoming release from Vince on SonaBLAST Records coming in 2018.
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