Session for Joe Martin

I had a great time last weekend at Eve Studios in Manchester recording a session for Joe Martin, a rising face in the Americana singer songwriter scene.

Joe is a real all-rounder, great songs, singing and guitar playing and a pleasure to work with.

Joe had Leeds bassist Andy Leggett playing upright. He played with a bow on one of the tracks (Denver) which , I think, produced the stand-out track on the EP.

Eve is a great place to record. A Victorian house in Stockport absolutely loaded with saliva inducing classic recording equipment. Martin, the proprietor and Joel and Henry were great to work with, and the best part was it’s residential and we kipped upstairs!

Can’t wait to hear how it all comes out!




Some reviews of Joe’s EP – ‘Small World’:

Joe Martin – Small World EP

Joe Martin “Small World” (Independent, 2017)




Posted in Eve Studios, Pedal Steel Guitar

Session for Campbell Austin

It was a true pleasure this week to take part in Campbell Austin’s recording session, held in Newhaven and Brighton.

Campbell began the project around 5 years ago with a staggering 82 demos! He has held 6 recording sessions over the last few years, after this one is mixed and mastered, the project will be complete. (Actually he did mention there might be one more..)

I was involved in this year’s session along with maybe 20 other musicians and multi-instrumentalists ranging from harpists to bass harmonica, an ensemble of recorder players, brass (gotta love a baritone saxophone!), strings, a highly innovative lap steel player called Fred Kinbom (who also played ukulele and guitar), members of The Moulettes playing all sorts of instruments.

The way they all worked together was inspiring! I think most have been involved in some part in Campbell’s previous sessions, but the speed of communication and exchange of ideas was a joy to behold!

I am very much looking forward to hearing how this opus magnum turns out!

Thank you Campbell for inviting me down!

Posted in Park Studios, Pedal Steel Guitar

Nomination for The AMA UK Instrumentalist of the Year

I am hugely humbled and delighted that I have been included in the nominees for The AMA-UK’s Instrumentalist of the Year 2017.

Thank you to everyone who nominated me!ama-nomination

UK Americana Awards Nominations Announced

AMA UK 2017 Instrumentalist of the Year Nomination

AMA UK 2017 Instrumentalist of the Year Nomination

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Session for William Fussell

Had a great session with William Fussell of Mood Rings who was putting together some tunes for a new project at Dean St Studios.

It took a few takes before we got what they were looking for but it sounded great in the end.

Looking forward to hearing how it comes out!..

Posted in Dean St Studios, Pedal Steel Guitar

Plates of Meat Reviews

First review of Plates of Meat today from Blabber and Smoke blogger Paul Kerr, and very complimentary it is too.  Thank you Paul!

..manna from heaven for anyone interested in the sound of pedal steel

Henry Senior Jr. Plates Of Meat. Maiden Voyage Recording Company.


A really lovely review from Redrospective:

Plates of Meat is an instrumental tour de force

Album Review: Henry Senior Jr. – Plates Of Meat


Thank you also to Rocking Magpie for another glowing review!

worthy of a place in my ‘special drawer’ in the office alongside my Chet Baker, Jon Rauhouse, Augustus Pablo, Nick Pride and of course Hot Rats CD’s for emergency use when my musical brain needs a detox

Henry Senior Jr. – Plates of Meat


And thank you to NoDepression for publishing Rocking Magpie’s review..!


Wow, thank you Ken Brown for the AMA UK Instrumentalist nomination. That is a terrifying prospect! And for the kind words about Plates of Meat!

if you can listen to an album full of instrumentals and then reach for the replay button then you know you have something special


Wow! Fantastic review from Acoustic Magazine

Plates of Meat review in Acoustic Magazine

Plates of Meat review in Acoustic Magazine

A lovely review from Country Music People:

Plates of Meat review in Country Music People



Really great review of Plates of Meat by Andy Fyfe in Mojo Magazine!

Mojo Magazine's review of Plates of Meat

Mojo Magazine’s review of Plates of Meat


Thank you to Fatea Reviews for this phabulous review!

It’s an odd record, but its instrumental charm lies in this peculiarity,


Another really nice review of the album from Lonesome Highway.

An experimental album combining pedal steel and powered by an excellent band of musicians that hits the spot from start to finish.


Another great review from MWE3

Plates Of Meat is truly food for thought

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