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.
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!
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.
I started playing guitar at age 11 while living in Kentucky. I moved to Texas when I was 13 and met a guitar teacher who started me down the road of soloing and getting past basic chords. I met Lloyd Maines around that time. He urged me to pick up the steel guitar, which I finally did at 17 with a borrowed Sho Bud. I went to South Plains college after high school and earned my Associates degree from the Commercial Music program with a focus on guitar, but continued to grow with the steel. My last semester, I auditioned for the Kyle Park band and went to work with him after finals. During that time, I purchased my first G2 from Wally Moyers. On the back of this guitar rests the prototype of his Resorocker. The opportunity to replace one of my favorite players, Roger Ray, with Jason Boland and The Stragglers came available, and I jumped at the chance. I have had the opportunity to play and record with such acts as Larry Joe Taylor, Josh Abbott Band, Haley Cole, Copper Chief, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, William Clark Green, Cody Canada and The Departed, Jeremy Plato, American Aquarium, Midnight River Choir, Jamie Lin Wilson, and did it all proudly sitting behind my Mullen G2.
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.
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.
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. At 23 years old, he is one of the youngest professional pedal steel players in the country. 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 hire by Grammy-winning artist Kacey Musgraves. Harrison toured with Musgraves for the entirity 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 Las Vegas Arena, 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 ending his last show on New Year's Eve 2016 at The Grand Ole Opry. He returned to Texas at the beginning of 2017. He is continuing his music career by playing with local artists and doing studio work all across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.