Mixed Tape #4 Cindy Cashdollar

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The legendary Ms. Cashdollar needs no introduction, but for those of you new to the world of slide, here’s an excerpt from the bio on her web page.

“Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar‘s career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many leading artists in various genres; including Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Asleep At The Wheel, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, & Peter Rowan. Cindy‘s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and to do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Her debut CD, “Slide Show“, features guest artists comprising a Who‘s Who from the landscape of Roots & Americana music. Cindy was inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 2011 (the first female to be inducted), and The Texas Music Hall Of Fame in 2012.”

When I first started learning to play Dobro, I watched my dad’s copy of Cindy’s instructional tape from Homespun Tapes over and over and over. My first three songs and the foundation for my technique came from that video. I’ve been a fan of Cindy’s playing ever since. She isn’t just another slide player. She is a great musician who happens to play slide. Her tone, taste, and phrasing are first rate. Even in the most diverse situations, she always finds the right thing to play. When the idea for the MixedTape series camp up, Cindy was one of the first names on my list. She has created a great mix of artists and songs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Here’s a link to her website where you can find out where she’s playing, the tunings she uses, and buy a copy of her debut CD Slide Show. http://www.cindycashdollar.com/

“This was hard…have spent many enjoyable hours trying to pick and choose. There are so many obvious players, some of which are my favorites; some virtually unknown ( and therefore I couldn’t find anything ).

   Sadly, I had to leave out a few of my favorites; Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George, John Hammond Jr., the Sacred Steel folks…(Darrick Campbell, Roosevelt Collier)… there wasn’t enough room. I basically went with who influenced me the most, plus serve as educational, although the artists left out were a huge part of my past and present, especially the eclectic John Fahey. He wasn’t known for his slide playing, but it was his very odd album “Of Rivers & Religion” that started me experimenting with bottleneck style when I was a teenager playing “regular” guitar. I bought it only because the cover looked cool; an old sepia photo of slaves traveling the river on a barge (I’ve always been into historic photography). I think that album was his only recording of bottleneck playing (which my attempts were never very good at in my teen years), long before I discovered the Dobro. But, he was my very first slide influence.

So here’s my few picks out of the 12 artists I had lined up.”
TRACK: ZYDECO SHUFFLE ( KRVS TAPING)

ARTIST: SONNY LANDRETH

“Sonny has such a distinctive style; you can hear it within the 1st two bars of anything he does. Although there’s many YouTubes of him w/ his powerful rhythm section, plus various artists (John Hiatt, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, etc), I think this solo clip showcases his unique style and sound. He has a newly released instructional DVD; “Slide Supernatural” (Truefire Productions). “

 

TRACK:  “Town Hall Boogie“ (1950‘s TOWN HALL PARTY)

ARTIST: MARIAN HALL (with JOE MAPHIS & HOUSE BAND)

“Marian was amongst the first female pioneers of the non pedal steel guitar. This clip gives a scant glimpse of her tone & strength; she was a force to be reckoned with, but sadly an unsung hero in the world of steel guitar. A dear friend and influence, and one of few steel “sidemen“ with a major label recording contract in the 1950‘s, backing up many major pop and country artists of that era.” 

 

TRACK: CAN’T BE SATISFIED

ARTIST: MUDDY WATERS

“ I love Muddy‘s slide playing; simple but so effective; it‘s the essence. Especially like the bass lines behind the slide, the variation works beautifully with what Muddy‘s doing.”

 

TRACK: GET RHYTHM

ARTIST: RY COODER

“Impossible to choose a favorite sample of him, but this song has always been one of my favorites. Unfortunately, poor video quality; can‘t see what he‘s doing, but it‘s all good to listen to. Check out CD of same title, with stand out support, including drummer Jim Keltner and accordian player Flaco Jemeniz.” 

 

 TRACK: HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN/WALK DON’T RUN

ARTIST: MIKE AULDRIDGE  ( WITH ROB ICKES & ANDY STATMAN)

“Mike‘s style influenced a whole new generation of Reso players, and it‘s so nice to see him here with the amazing Rob Ickes and mando player Andy Statman. It was Mike‘s “8 String Swing“ album that led me to experiment w/ various Reso tunings & eventually play non pedal steel. Miss him big time. Taste, tone, style; he had it all. Rob & Jerry keep it alive.”

 

TRACK: PAMELA BROWN

ARTIST: JERRY DOUGLAS ( WITH LEO KOTTKE)

“What can one say about Jerry Douglas that hasn‘t been said a million times? That said, I think this is a great example of what always drew me to his playing. Not only does he do amazing solos, but his back up work is impeccable and a blueprint for what backup playing should be. (Wish Leo was also playing slide in this clip, but thankful for what is here)!”