All Roads Lead Back To Red: A Pedal Steel Mixtape / Tribute Vol 2


This mix picks up where All Roads Lead To Red: A Pedal Steel Mixtape / Tribute left off, delving deeper into the sessionography of the Velvet Hammer, Orville “O.J” “Red” Rhodes. While perhaps best known as Michael Nesmith’s musical foil on the former Monkee’s 1970s country rock masterpieces, Red also played steel on countless LA sessions in the 1960s and 70s. In addition to leaving his unmistakeable mark on such hits as James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James” and The Carpenters’ “Top Of The World” Red also played on album cuts by artists including The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Gene Vincent, and Nancy Sinatra. The tones that emanated from Red’s steel sounded a lot like Red looked: they were round, playful, thick, smiley, and stoney. His inventive licks and restrained fills   wove within the fabric of the LA scene a thread that bound diverse artists and distinct genres together into something resembling a coherent sound. words / m dawson

Introduction (Michael Nesmith and Red Rhodes, The Amazing Zigzag Concert, 1974)
Buffy Saint-Marie, “Sweet January” (Sweet America, 1976)
Bert Jansch, “Stone Monkey” (LA Turnaround, 1974)
Carole King, “Goodbye Don’t Mean I’m Gone” (Rhymes And Reasons, 1972)
Gene Vincent, “Rainbow at Midnight” (I’m Back And I’m Proud, 1970)
Bobby Jameson, “The Weight” (Working, 1969)
Nancy Sinatra, “Here We Go Again” (Nancy, 1969)
Garland Frady, “Teach Your Children” (Pure Country, 1973)
Red Rhodes, “Crippled Lion” (Velvet Hammer In A Cowboy Band, 1973)
Rod Taylor, “Lost Iron Man” (Rod Taylor, 1973)
Steven Fromholz, “Late Night Neon Shadows” (A Rumor In My Own Time, 1976)
Possum, “Ain’t Enough Of Me To Go Around” (Possum, 1971)
Dominic Traiano, “The Wear And Tear On My Mind” (Dominic Traiano, 1972)
Hoyt Axton, “Jambalaya” (Country Anthem, 1971)
Doug Kershaw, “I’ve Got Mine” (Spanish Moss, 1970)
The Byrds, “Wasn’t Born To Follow” (The Notorious Byrd Brothers, 1968)
Danny Cox, “Just Like A Woman” (Birth Announcement, 1969)
The Beach Boys, “Hold On Dear Brother” (Carl and the Passions – “So Tough”, 1972)
John Phillips, “April Anne” (John The Wolfking Of LA, 1970)
Delaney Bramlett, “A Little Bit Of You In Me” (Mobius Strip, 1973)
Red Rhodes, “Rene” (Steel Guitar Favorites, 1967)

Previously: All Roads Lead To Red: A Pedal Steel Mixtape / Tribute

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6 thoughts on “All Roads Lead Back To Red: A Pedal Steel Mixtape / Tribute Vol 2

  1. Thank ya’ll kindly! The first Red Rhodes mix made many a long drive to Nashville full of excitement and wonder.

  2. Thank you for this release, I really love the work of Red Rhodes ! Looking forward to next volume !? I don’t know, but is there a vol.2 of a Buddy Emmons release coming ?
    Perhaps there is a mixup, that it was some other song that was supposed to be here, I am pretty sure that it is Buddy Emmons playing steel on John Phillips – April Anne, since both Red and Buddy apears on that album, but April Anne would fit nicely on another release of Buddys work.
    Another interesting fact is that on The Carpenters – Top Of The World, Red plays the intro and endig, and Buddy plays on the rest of the song 🙂

  3. Thanks a bunch!!!
    Enjoyed No.1 so much, and here’s another
    sonic treat again!!!
    best music www around!!

  4. I’m about 99.99% certain that Red plays on April Anne. Compare the steel on April Anne to that on Stone Monkey or any of the other Bert Jansch LA Turnaround cuts. Buddy plays on Down The Beach and Black Girl and maybe one or two others on Wolfking.

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