Can you name a tune that is currently on MAINSTREAM Country music radio that has a steel guitar in it? There are probably only a handful.
Now if you’re a fan of the steel guitar, then consider checking out this documentary that is coming out called “That Thing, That Sound.”
According to SavingCountryMusic.com, cinematographer Kelsey Hammer-Parks and music journalist Nathan Emerson have set out to create a new documentary about a dying music instrument and those trying to save it.
What used to be a mainstay in country music and is recognized by country fans and non-country fans alike as an essential element to the music, has now all but disappeared from commercial country. But there is still a strong appeal for the lonesome moan of the steel guitar in many independent country fans and their favorite artists, as well as bigger stars like Miranda Lambert and Garth Brooks who still feature the steel in their music.
That Thing, That Sound includes appearances and contributions from a virtual who’s who of the steel guitar realm at the moment, including Zachary Moulton of Mike and the Moonpies, Spencer Cullum Jr., previously of Caitlin Rose and now the steel player for Miranda Lambert, “Cowboy” Eddie Long from Jamey Johnson and Hank Williams Jr., Rose Sinclair from Wayne “The Train” Hancock, the legendary Buddy Cage from New Riders of the Purple Sage and Neil Young, Brett Robinson from Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, Neil Flanz from Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and Paul Niehaus from Justin Townes Earle and Calexico.
Watch a teaser for the documentary here:
Want to help finish the film? An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to do just that!