Spencer Cullum jr. 

Musician, Steelism

Spencer Cullum Jr. is the pedal steel guitarist and one half of the critically-acclaimed Nashville based instrumental outfit Steelism.  On June 23rd, they are set to release their sophomore album ism, which is the follow up to their 2014 Single Lock Records debut 615 To Fame.  The new album marks the first time Steelism has featured vocalists on record, with guest appearances from Ruby Amanfu, Jessie Baylin, Tristen, and Andrew Combs.  In addition to the aforementioned, ism also features legendary "Nashville Cat" Charlie McCoy (Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, etc.) on vibraphone and harmonica.  Spencer is nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year for this year's Americana Music Association's Honors & you can catch Steelism's must-see live show while on tour this summer including appearances at the Newport Folk Festival and Pilgrimage Fest.  This is Spencer Cullum Jr.'s Fidelity High: Nicky Hopkins // The Tin Man Was A Dreamer // Columbia Records // 1973.  Spencer says, "I first heard this record while on tour with Caitlin Rose many years ago.  We were opening up for Nashville band 'KORT' and the guitarist, William Tyler, put the song 'Waiting For The Band' on in the tour bus while driving through Germany.  I always knew of Nicky Hopkins' session work but had no idea about The Tin Man Was A Dreamer.  I wouldn't say it's a perfect record.  A lot of the songs are fillers but there are about four tracks that are wonderful.  I was also drawn to the idea of the side guy having a voice and expressing himself.  It also features George Harrison on slide...but in the liner notes, he's called George O'Hara.  Such a mystery."  




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