Lap steel is pretty much like a regular guitar only with very high action for the slide work. It doesn't have any pedals for string bending. I don't hear any string bending in this work. But I do think Gilmour has played pedal steel on occasion.
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I think Robert Cray uses pedal steel, not 100% certain though
One of the side benefits I took away from this thread was learning how many talented session musicians contributed to the production of some of the Steely Dan albums. Figured if I learned something from it I might as well post it in case someone else might get something out of it.
When I was researching and trying to find out which songs "Skunk" Baxter played pedal steel on I noticed the names Timothy B. Schmit, Lee Ritenour, Rick Derringer and Jeff Porcaro on some of the albums personnel credits. These are just a few I've heard of or am familiar with.
I noticed you posted a video for "Green Onions" by Booker T. & The M.G.'s the other day and I'm familiar with the name "Duck" Dunn who's also another decent session musician and played bass on a lot of my favorite Blues Brothers songs.
Anyway...didn't mean to de-rail the thread but over the course of a few days I ran across a few names I was familiar with and had no idea they had a part in some of the songs I've been listening to for years. It was fun research to read some of their bio pages on wiki and see some of the other songs or bands they've been a part of. Got a big surprise after reading "Skunk" Baxter's page on wiki and finding out what he does now (the man must be a genius).
Greg Leisz plays pedal steel on a ton of Matthew Sweet songs. I admit the first time I heard him on the Girlfriend album I had that initial "Oh no, it's Country!" reflexive cringe, but obviously learned to love it upon subsequent listens.
I don't have the new album Sunshine Lies yet, but I think Leisz plays on that one as well.
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If you haven't heard it, catch some great pedal steel work by pedal steel master Paul Franklin on some of Dire Straits later works...
I have a pedal steel made by the late Buddy Emmons.....5 pedals, 4 levers....although I'm primarily a guitar player, I try to use it whenever I can...Its a very different instrument, to be sure...
As mentioned, Skunk Baxter was impressive in his work with Steely Dan...
ya'll dont listen to Staind? they got a few songs with pedal steel guitar in them
check out Tangled Up In You and The Corner. and the check out Dear God by Avenged Sevenfold. u'd be surprised in what bands use them in their material.