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Duane Eddy, Pam Tillis, John Anderson, JayDee Maness, Dan Dugmore, Albert Lee, Randle Currie, Roosevelt Collier salute the pedal steel.
Duane Eddy, Pam Tillis, John Anderson, JayDee Maness, Dan Dugmore, Albert Lee, Randle Currie, Roosevelt Collier salute the pedal steel.
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PLEASE DON'T STOP NOW!

You better believe there's a short list of expenses we anticipate, including studio costs, mastering, artwork, manufacturing and more!

SESSION UPDATE AUGUST 8th: Join pedal steel titans JAYDEE MANESS, NORM HAMLET (45 year veteran of Merle Haggard's Strangers) & guitar phenom ALBERT LEE in the studio all day September 6th in Los Angeles. You can attend this historical studio event by pledging $250 (see below right under "Pledge $250 or more").

We're heading into the studio - thanks to your generosity and help! We'll have many more expenses to tackle in order to release this great album, including artwork, manufacturing, publicity and more. PLEASE  "pre-order" the album for only $10 today and tell your friends about this worthy project.

NEWS UPDATE: The great GREG LEISZ is committed to recording a track with us! Greg's amazing credit are diverse and far-ranging, including sessions with Ray Lamontagne, Wilco, Joni Mitchel, Sheryl Crow, Alison Kraus, Robert Plant, Bon Iver, Emmylou Harris, K John Mayer, Lucinda Williams and dozens more. THANK YOU Greg for joining our team!

MORE GREAT PLAYERS TO BE ADDED SOON!  

NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 2nd: Renowned pedal steeler with Merle Haggard and the Strangers, NORM HAMLET, has signed on to the project! This album is going to be an extraordinary collection of styles and genres. Thank you Norm for contributing to this album!

NEWS UPDATE AUGUST 1st: Grammy-winning vocalist PAM TILLIS is onboard with us! The great singer and country music star has agreed to sing a track on the album. Plans are in the works for sessions with Pam Tillis this fall. THANK YOU PAM for your support!

NEW PLEDGE ITEM LISTED AUGUST 1st: A NEW AUTOGRAPHED ENOREZ WEISSENBORN-STYLE ACOUSTIC HAWAIIAN GUITAR is now being offered as a pledge item. At least six of the musicians and artists on this album will sign this gorgeous instrument.

Blue Jade: The Pedal Steel Guitar Project is a multi-artist recording project currently underway in both Nashville and Los Angeles. Ten master steel players are joining forces to record one or two songs each and take you on a grand tour of this soulful, expressive instrument, showcasing its versatility behind great singers and as a voice in hot instrumentals. It's been decades since an album like this was recorded, and these players all agree its time to focus new attention on our beloved instrument.

This project involves dozens of musicians, singers, producers, engineers and studios and will be costly to finish, but thanks to Kickstarter, you can pre-order the album and help us fund our work in advance. 

We've got some fun rewards for you, including limited edition Hatch Show Print posters, visits to the recording sessions, even a new Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by many of the artists, to reward your generosity and show our gratitude for the help.

Sessions are underway in Nashville

"A" team session pedal steeler DAN DUGMORE, who has recorded with artists like Tim McGraw, Bon Jovi, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Lionel Richie, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and many more, kicked off the project in June by joining forces with Rock and Roll of Famer and certified guitar legend DUANE EDDY to record the beautiful title track "Blue Jade." Written and first performed by steel guitar titan Buddy Emmons, the new version features tons of twang from the legendary Duane Eddy alongside Dan Dugmore's soulful, plaintive, elegant steel lines.

JayDee Maness and Albert Lee to record in LA

Upcoming sessions are scheduled in LA with steel guitar master JAYDEE MANESS, who's staggering steel guitar talent has graced recordings by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, Glen Campbell, Ray Stevens, Aaron Neville, Gram Parsons and the Byrds, who featured JayDee's soaring pedal steel licks on their ground-breaking 1968 album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Joining Maness on the LA sessions will be British guitar legend ALBERT LEE, who's fiery guitar style has been sought after in the studio for years by artists like Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, The Everly Brothers, Dave Edmunds and Rosanne Cash.

More sessions are in the works

BUCK REID, the remarkable 20 year veteran of Lyle Lovett's Large Band, has also been tapped to record for the project. Before joining Lovett's excellent band, this topflight steel player performed and recorded for years with country star John Anderson. Reid has some great surprises in store for his upcoming studio sessions for Blue Jade. Non-disclosure agreements prevent us from telling you more at the moment, but we promise you Reid's sessions will not disappoint.

Another track we're thrilled about will be recorded by ROOSEVELT COLLIER, an extraordinary new talent on the steel guitar scene. Famed within Sacred Steel circles for his fiery SRV-like licks and known as "The Doctor" by his bandmates in The Lee Boys, the young steeler never disappoints with his soul-stirring Gospel blues pedal steel stylings.

RANDLE CURRIE, the remarkable steel guitarist who records and tours with Brad Paisley, has joined this project since it's launch on July 20th.

More top steel guitarists will be announced in the coming days, so watch for our updates for the latest news.

Pedal steel has been a life-long passion of mine ever since seeing Duane Allman play slide with the Allman Brothers Band AND steel guitar great Rusty Young play with his band POCO - all in the same week - in 1971.  After that, all bets were off. I simply had to have one of these instruments and learn how to  coax those haunting, voice-like sounds from it's complicated mechanism. 

Steel guitar fans have known for years how this versatile instrument shines in rock, jazz, Americana, country, ambient music, pop, blues, gospel, classical, swing and many other musical genres. Now, it's time some of the instrument's top players to share with you their love and fascination with this expressive, soulful instrument, but to do this, we'll need your help.

How to use Kickstarter

REMEMBER: You will only be charged for your pledge - and we will only receive our funding - if we meet our goal of $10,000.

Kickstarter makes it possible for you to pre-order and pledge support IN ADVANCE for this recording in exchange for some great rewards we've picked out, involvement in our project, and our undying gratitude. 

On the right-hand side, you'll see the list of Pledge Levels.Pick a contribution level that feels right, click, and you can send a pledge through Amazon Checkout.

We thank you in advance for your help with this dream!

Steve Fishell

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    Pre-release physical CD SIGNED PERSONALLY TO YOU by project producer Steve Fishell plus a pre-release high quality digital download of the album + A BIG "THANK YOU" in both the physical and PDF versions of the liner notes + a big high five from the players (International pledges please add $5.00 for postage).

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    A 14" x 22" CUSTOM POSTER designed by Hatch Show Print of Nashville + a pre-release high quality digital download of the album + A BIG "THANK YOU" in both the physical and PDF versions of the liner notes + a big high five from the players (International pledges please add $15.00 for postage).

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    THE PEDAL PLEDGE: A physical copy of the album with full artwork AND a 14" x 22" CUSTOM POSTER designed by Hatch Show Print of Nashville + a Digital Download of the album + A BIG "THANK YOU" in both the physical and PDF versions of the liner notes + a HUGE high five from the players (International pledges please add $15.00 for postage).

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    LTD EDITION AUTOGRAPHED POSTER! Receive a 14" x 22" CUSTOM POSTER designed by Hatch Show Print of Nashville SIGNED BY AT LEAST SIX OF THE ARTISTS + a physical CD copy of the album + a Digital Download of the album + your name in the liner notes + a big high five from the players (International pledges please add $15.00 for postage).

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    ATTEND THE SESSIONS FOR A DAY! Come to Nashville or Los Angeles and attend one of the all-day recording sessions for this incredible project. Learn how these great steel players make their recordings by attending an all-day session. Transportation and lodging not included, BUT we'll treat you to a great lunch at the sessions as you hang with all the artists and musicians.

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    ATTEND THE SESSIONS FOR A DAY and RECEIVE A ONE-HOUR STEEL GUITAR LESSON from project producer Steve Fishell. Come to Nashville or Los Angeles and attend one of the all-day recording sessions for this incredible project. Learn how these great steel players make their recordings by attending an all-day session. Transportation and lodging not included, BUT we'll treat you to a great lunch at the sessions as you hang with all the artists and musicians.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT! ATTEND A SESSION! Receive "Executive Producer" credit on the album's liner notes + everything above including a signed poster, a physical CD, a digital download, a thank you in the liner notes + a HUGE high five from all the players.

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    ATTEND ALL OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS AND STUDY PRODUCING AT MPI! Come to Nashville and Los Angeles and attend ALL of the day-long recording sessions. Hear lectures and see informative demonstrations about studio production from Steve Fishell, founder of MUSIC PRODUCERS INSTITUTE www.musicpi.com. Learn how these great steel players record and produce their tracks. Transportation and lodging not included.

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    AUTOGRAPHED ACOUSTIC GUITAR! Receive a gorgeous EPIPHONE acoustic guitar (with case) SIGNED BY AT LEAST SIX OF THE ARTISTS on the project AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT, a signed poster, a physical CD, a digital download, a thank you in the liner notes + HUGE high five from all the players!

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    AUTOGRAPHED ENOREZ WEISSENBORN-STYLE ACOUSTIC HAWAIIAN GUITAR! A beautiful new Weissenborn-style acoustic lap slide guitar complete with a hard-shell case and digital tuner. SIGNED BY AT LEAST SIX OF THE ARTISTS on the project. PLUS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ON THE ALBUM, a signed poster, a physical CD, a digital download, a thank you in the liner notes + HUGE high five from all the players! International pledges please add $150 for shipping and handling.

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    AUTOGRAPHED LAP STEEL! Receive a RARE mid-1950's Gibson 7 STRING ULTRATONE LAP STEEL GUITAR SIGNED BY AT LEAST SIX OF THE ARTISTS on the project AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT, a signed poster, a physical CD, a digital download, a thank you in the liner notes + HUGE high five from all the players!

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