Last week saw the 40th Anniversary of the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The all-star line-up of performers included in part..The Outlaws, Eric Church, Oak Ridge Boys, Wynonna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Blackberry Smoke, etc..,! I really wish I could have attended this. Incredible event, and evening by all accounts.
Pat McDonald, long considered by many to be one of the greatest & most diverse performers in music, had his full rig with him. He was using the 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 14 live, and had his 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 as a backup as well. He also takes his 1.5 Steel–4 x 15 on the road with him as well. He has mentioned to me on a number of occasions that he takes two snare drums on the road with him…And both are always from Beier Drums. As always Pat…That means a lot to me-Thank You. Links below to a clip from the show, and several of Pat’s solo’s.
Looking through the list here there were quite a few players that have a 1.5 Steel. Monte Yoho of The Outlaws has used several sizes of the 1.5 Steel for a long time on the road exclusively. These days it is the 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 as his main, and his 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 14 as an auxiliary. David Northrup has a 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 14 that he has used live with the Oak Ridge Boys, and has also used his 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 in the studio a great deal. Brit Turner has used his 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 live with Blackberry Smoke as well.
Thanks Again Pat….Next year I am attending this event no matter what~