Artist Interviews Country&Blues Month

Andy Gibson

Your primary instrument is steel but you have a lot of experience on a variety of instruments. How often do you play guitar?

I hardly play standard guitar anymore.

You credit Kayton Roberts as a huge influence on your pedal steel playing, what other steel players or guitarists have influenced your playing?

Jerry Byrd.

For pedal steel, what is your primary set up gear wise for both live and studio sessions?

8 string Fender dual professional, Rickenbacher 7 string Bakelite (pre-war), 1965 Sho-bud Fingertip, 1973 Sho-bud Pro II, 1970 Fender twin reverb, Evans 1×15 combo amp.

In all your years of gigging, touring, session work and just being around Nashville, what guitar amps has always stood out to you as the best in the game for country?

Fender Amps.

In your opinion, the greatest country guitar tone ever recorded was done by whom and on what album?

Jerry Byrd 1940’s Cincinnati sessions.

You’ve been behind the desk for several albums including many with Hank III and Bob Wayne. As a producer, how do you approach recording guitar?

I just plug in and play.

It seems like there’s a whirlwind of uncertainty when it comes to the Damn Band. Are you still a member of the band or are things up in the air?

Not a member.

What is your stance on digital gear? Be it software plugins or hardware modelers/profilers etc. Do you have much interest or experience in that realm of gear?

It’s ok for practice but not for gigs or recording.

Pedal steel can seem like an overwhelming conquest to some with newer interest in the instrument. While it’s obviously a complicated instrument, can you lend any advice to help simplify the early stages a bit?

Learn it without pedals first.

Lastly, what is coming up for you in 2019? Any projects in particular we can direct your loyal fans to?

Nothing going on – I just play local around Nashville.

Andy’s answers are short and to the point but, they carry a lot of weight. My opinion is that talking with any experienced musician never yields a bad result no matter what the result happens to be. There’s always something you can pull from any conversation with any other musician really. Andy has been my personal favorite steel player for a long time and I am glad to have him on record with HASR.

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