BUCK OWENS: "TOGETHER AGAIN"
The awesome Buck Owens.
S'masterclass in narrative economy, innit? And what an awesome pedal-steel break.
I've been reading up (a bit) on pedal-steel tunings recently - for reasons I really don't wanna go into (mostly because they're...silly and kinda anal; annnnnd, I'm not even a musician *gak* but I'm fascinated by this kind of minutae...): I was kinda turned on to all this when I recently read a piece about Sneaky Pete Kleinow's choice of tuning / methodology in The Flying Burritos Bros. His tuning was the reason why he got that great spacey, almost Sun Ra-ish out-there sound. Also, he was the first guy to play a pedal-steel thru a fuzz-pedal.
He was an animator too, apparently - it was his day-job - which is why he kept himself relatively straight n dry compared w/ the rest of the band. A quick Google on the topic reveals the fact that he worked on episodes of The Muppet Babies. Just when you think the world can't get any weirder, huh?