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Seth Okrend

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Roosevelt Collier

Soft spoken by nature, South Florida-bred ROOSEVELT COLLIER does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, Tedeschi-Trucks, Los Lobos , the Del McCoury Band and countless others

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The Retrobates

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Mylos “Boogie” Sonka, the Retrobates trail boss, plays both steel and standard guitars, as well as the fiddle and tiple. He sings all vocal parts, though seldom at once. He has been an ace fancy yodeler since the tragic barbed-wire high jump accident. His main interest is western swing music, though back in the day he performed with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, toured up and down the West Coast with The Frank Wakefield Band, and co- founded High Country. He played with the jump vocal swing group On the Air over the years, and these days he’s also chopping Freddie Green-style rhythm guitar with the 17-piece Ray Simpson Big Band

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Frank Russell

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Sturgis Nikides

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Unless you’re a big fan of John Cale’s solo work, you’re probably unfamiliar with Sturgis Nikides. Sturgis was Cale’s guitar player through the 1980s, and has a long, colorful history as a professional musician. Simply put, it’s easy to call him a time-honored vet and indisputable master of the steel guitar, but his first full length solo album stretches his talents to the limit, and allows him to reveal much more than knockout playing. Nikides’ Man of Steel goes beyond your average blues rock, evoking indigent American toughness on so many levels it recalls everything from to John Huston

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Douglas MacRae

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Doug MacRae makes his home in Toronto, Canada, where he was born. He has over thirty years in music. He learned to play guitar and write songs as a teenager by listening to such artists as Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, and Larry Norman. He played and studied the songs, and began to learn arrangements and chord progressions. Later on, after buying Bob Dylan's Biograph box set, he began to go back and explore the stylistic roots of modern music - folk, blues, jazz, rock, and soul. Greats like Muddy Waters, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Son House, Buddy Guy, Mahalia Jackson, Pops Staples, O.V

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Jerry Douglas

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Gabby Pahinui

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"Gabby Pahinui," says DeSoto Brown, a Hawaiian cultural-history expert whose brother worked with Pahinui, "was not only that he was an outstanding musician and entertainer, and a central figure, maybe THE central figure, of the Hawaiian Renaissance in the '70s, but that he was an inspiration to others. Thousands of Hawaiian kids learned that they were worthy as a people because of Gabby's example." Born Charles Kapono Kahahawaii Jr., and hanai'd into the Pahinui family, Pahinui was 59 when he died on a golf course in 1980. He worked for the City and County road and refuse crews most of his life

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Bonnie Raitt

In the late '60s, restless in Los Angeles, Bonnie moved east to Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a Harvard/Radcliffe student majoring in Social Relations and African Studies, she attended classes and immersed herself in the city's turbulent cultural and political activities. "I couldn't wait to get back to where there were folkies and the antiwar and civil rights movements," she says. "There were so many great music and political scenes going on in the late '60s in Cambridge." Also, she adds, with a laugh, "the ratio of guys to girls at Harvard was four to one, so all of those things were playing in my mind." Raitt was already deeply involved with folk music and the blues at that time


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