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A decade ago, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin recorded Bakersfield, a tribute to the raw-boned country music that came out of the rough-and-rowdy clubs patronized by oil-field hands and agricultural workers in the ’50s and early ’60s—packed with songs by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. And we visited with them for a Rig Rundown then.
Now, just for the good times, these two legends of modern country music—the real deal kind—have recorded Sweet Memories: The Music of Ray Price & The Cherokee Cowboys. Price was known for his warm, baritone approach to melody, which is a perfect springboard for Gill’s and Franklin’s nuanced approaches to their own instruments.
If you don’t know Gill’s work, it’s about time you got informed. He has won more CMA Awards than any performer in history, plus 21 Grammys. He’s also sold more than 21-million albums and is currently in the Eagles, where his sweet tenor voice and skill with harmonies makes him a perfect match. (You can also hear Gill talk about his work on Cory Wong’s Wong Notes podcast, from November 2020.)
Although Franklin spends his time over the pedal steel, this artist is no slouch. He’s played on more than 500 albums, has been named Best Steel Guitarist by the Academy of Country Music multiple times, and is in the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame and the Musician’s Hall of Fame. Franklin is the most nominated artist in CMA history. He is also a member of Grammy-winning outfit the Time Jumpers.
Along with the PG video team, I met them at Gill’s Nashville studio, where they recorded Sweet Memories. The goal: to get a close-up look at Franklin’s steel rig and some of the incredible acoustic guitars Gill used on this album.
00:00 - D'Addario XS Strings
00:15 - Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Perform "Together Again"
01:54 - John Bohlinger & Vince Gill Intro
02:18 - Sweet Memories: The Music of Ray Price & The Cherokee Cowboys Album
04:46 - "Look At Us" & Return of Pedal Steel
07:04 - Touring with John Hughey
08:49 - Playing with the Time Jumpers
09:46 - Collecting Guitars
13:05 - 1939 Martin D-18
17:07 - 1935 Martin D-28
19:15 - 1930s Martin 00-18
20:00 - 1937 Gibson Advanced Jumbo
21:44 - Starting with Pure Prairie League & Early Beginnings
26:40 - Origins of Franklin Steel Guitar & Starting in Detroit
30:01 - Paul Franklin on Working with Vince Gill
32:01 - Double-Neck Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar Base Tone
33:36 - Benado Effects Steel Dream Multi-Fx Unit
38:08 - Tuning the Pedal Steel Guitar
41:06 - Paul Franklin's Studio Setup for Steel Guitar
44:37 - Why D'Addario NYXL Strings
45:37 - Slide Bar and Grip for Pedal Steel
49:01 - Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Perform "Look At Us"