Sneaky Pete Kleinow, steel guitarist
Steel guitarist
Flying Burrito Brothers
birth name: Peter E. Kleinow

Sneaky Pete Kleinow

August 20, 1934, South Bend, IN ~ January 6, 2007, Petaluma, CA

In 1965, Kleinow played on his first record, backing the Ventures on their “Blue Star.” ~ Allmusic: Sneaky Pete Kleinow ~ retrieved January 6, 2015 © Allmusic

One of the first pedal steel players to work in a rock context, Kleinow - who favored the outmoded Fender 400, a cable-operated eight-string model - incorporated atypical tunings (necessitated by the technical limitations of the instrument) and liberal use of electronic innovations (including such accoutrements as the fuzzbox and the tape echo) into his style. As such, his style of playing was immediately influential upon second-generation players such as Jerry Garcia, Buddy Cage of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and sessionman Al Perkins. ~ Wikipedia: Sneaky Pete Kleinow ~ retrieved January 12, 2016 © Wikipedia

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Kleinow's versatility allowed him to blend comfortably not only with folk and country-leaning singers and songwriters such as Ronstadt, Browne, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, but also with a wide range of other musicians, including Stevie Wonder, […] Billy Joel and Carly Simon. ~ Los Angeles Times: Sneaky Pete Kleinow Obituary ~ January 10, 2007 © Los Angeles Times

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Flying Burrito Brothers

Nowadays, bands featuring Country Rock fusion are commonplace but when Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman left The Byrds to form the Flying Burrito Brothers, the music they created really did not create much of a following; although it did within music circles. Fans included Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones; the latter borrowing a lot of the Country Rock style in later work. ~ Not In Hall Of Fame: Flying Burrito Brothers ~ retrieved March 23, 2014 © Not In Hall Of Fame

The Flying Burrito Brothers ~ The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969) ~ #289 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

The Flying Burrito Brothers ~ The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969) ~ Ranked #99 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time in 2013 ~ “We're a rock & roll band that sounds like a country band,” Gram Parsons said of the Burritos, whose first album was an obscure Sixties masterpiece that drew the blueprint for both Seventies country rock and today's alt-country. ~ 2013 © Rolling Stone

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