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From left to right: John Bohlinger, Gabe Burdulis, Brooke Eden, Megan Jane, and Carl Fields on the set of The Today Show.

One of my recent gigs was playing pedal steel with country artist Brooke Eden on live TV in front of millions of eyeballs. Here’s how it went.

Yesterday, I played The Today Show with country artist Brooke Eden. I’ve played Today and/or Good Morning America seven or eight times over the past 28 years: a few times on guitar, four or five on steel, and once on banjo (I’m terrible at banjo but can play a simple part under pressure). Here’s an inside look at the gig while the memory is still fresh.

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Known for his lightning-speed steel playing, Roosevelt Collier was a Guitar Center King of the Blues finalist in 2009. Photo by Nathan Rodriguez

Roosevelt Collier and Alvin Lee of sacred-steel family band the Lee Boys take their 6-string hallelujahs beyond the church and garner praises from some of the biggest names in secular guitar and bass.

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“Come on, man—I was freaked out,” says pedal-steel guru Roosevelt Collier of “hard rock gospel” band the Lee Boys. “I was, like, ‘John Scofield just left his coffee cup on my table. Nobody better touch it!’” Such are the pleasures of life when the incredible players from the sacred-steel circuit step beyond hallowed halls and into the gentile world. “I had the pleasure of him coming in my room for about an hour and talking about my background. We played together and, dude—it was sick.”

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PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Iowa City, IA, at the Englert Theatre where he catches up with pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph who walks us through his current touring rig consisting of Fender amps, Fender guitars, Fuchs amplifiers, Electro-Harmonix effects, and various other products.



PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Iowa City, IA, at the Englert Theatre where he catches up with pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph who walks us through his current touring rig consisting of Fender amps, Fender guitars, Fuchs amplifiers, Electro-Harmonix effects, and various other products.

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