Joe Goldmark: All Hat - No Cattle
San Francisco instrumentalist Joe Goldmark is a rare remaining champion of pedal-steel-guitar music, a flourishing subgenre
of country music in the 1960s and '70s when virtuosos such as Buddy Emmons and Pete Drake carved out a niche by
steel-coating the hits of the day. Goldmark keeps the tradition alive via his own recordings and by publishing a remarkably
thorough steel-guitar discography. This new CD is a treat for anyone who likes to hear those strings stretched out over
tasty tunes. Here Goldmark and three different sets of sidemen (including the superb all-instrumental ensemble Jim
Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats) tackle everything from Don Gibson's country weeper "Sweet Dreams" to Fastball's 1998
alternative hit "The Way" to Bob Seger's "Her Strut," tossing in some nifty originals to fill the gaps. It's enough to steel
your heart anyway.
Includes a cover of The Band's "Whispering Pines."
Joe Goldmark - All Hat No Cattle - 1999 - HMG 3009