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Jon Rauhouse: Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Rodeo

Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2004

A HIGHLY ABLE sideman to the likes of Neko Case, Calexico, The Waco Brothers, Sally Timms and Kelly Hogan, Tucson-based Rauhouse's prior form included seven years with bluegrass traditionalists Southwind — where his command of pedal-steel was honed by watching Jimmie Dale Gilmore cohort Mike Hardwick — before joining Arizona alt.countryites The Grievous Angels. Reunited with ex-Southwind picker Tommy Connell soon after, the temptation to further explore the instalment's nuance and shade resulted in 2002's solo debut, Steel Guitar Air Show. Raised within pickin' distance of cotton fields and with a bronco-riding brother (pictured on the inner sleeve), the thematic sequel was inevitable.

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