Playing Pedal Steel Guitar with Robert Vincent on the “Old Grey Whistle Test (For One Night Only)” on BBC4, hosted by Bob Harris.

As a side note i realised i’m the last person to play Pedal Steel Guitar on the show! Enjoy!

 

“UK Instrumentalist of the Year” 2017 – CJ Hillman

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Voted for by fellow musicians and AMA members, its an honour to receive the AMA UK 2017 instrumentalist of the year award! Thank you to all that voted -CJ

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Lauren Housley Recording

Recently I’ve been busy in the studio with Lauren Housley & Band. We’ve recorded a couple of new tracks for here Album which i played slide guitar on (and a bit of Hammond Pedal steel!)

A Clip of this can be heard on Instagram & Twitter. Full tracks to come in the near future!

Also some other exciting news that i will save for another post. I recently worked with Ethan Johns in Berlin and Sam Outlaw in London. Two very fun shows!

I’m Back!!

Due to domain name problems! my website has been down for a couple of week but, now its back.

Since my last Post i’ve been to California to work with Joe Purdy on his latest album, back to the UK to work with Billy Bragg, Emily Barker’s Band (consisting of The Dreaming Spires & Ethan Johns) at the AMAUK Awards show. And recently a small tour with Lauren Housley that ends later this week!

I will throw back to some of this stuff here but, I also want to share a little recording i made with my old Akai reel to reel player. I’m trying to get some ideas for a Steel Guitar album, any comments welcome!

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

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I have been a bit absent on here over the past few month due to keeping busy (which any musician can be thankful for). I’ve been fortunate enough to play two brilliant shows at London’s Union Chapel with Billy Bragg and then head to Scotland for an amazing pre-xmas tour… I will re-cap on this in a later post.

I have also started a new Blog for my Photography. Over the last few months i’ve been getting back into film Photography to cut down on the amount of pictures I take and to get some better shots.

you can check them out right here: https://the35mmlife.wordpress.com

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Stay tuned as I also have some great news coming soon…

Lauren Housley Tour

i know I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks but it’s been mainly because of the run up and tour with Lauren and the band. Tonight is the last night of the tour in Sheffield. It’s been great fun and I’ve been using the Sho~Bud on this tour. Maybe if anyone’s around tonight I’ll see you there! 

 

How to turn a Pedal Steel into a Hammond Organ 

Today I’ve been working on a little mod for my Strymon Lex. An amazing guitar pedal and perfect for the Pedal Steel Guitar! I wanted to make a switch to change the speed of the rotary effect and after a few tries and burnt fingers, got it right!

A big thanks to Pedal Steel master Jon Graboff for helping me out with this one. I noticed he had made one in an interview back in 2011. He kindly gave me a lot of advice on this project.

Here’s a raw example of what it does. Feel free to comment or message me about it.