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I write this with absolute tears and a heartbroken soul tonight.
There are THREE integral pieces to Country Music, the producer
the songwriter and the steel guitarist.
People like Andy Gibson (steel guitarist for Hank 3) that are
ALL THREE OF THESE are especially integral to it.
Yesterday I learned of the passing of Bobbe Seymore.
Hell I doubt that many other websites even KNOW who he was.
And I intend to tell you who and what he’s done for country music.
More So, Bobbe was a teacher and influence to other pedal steel players.
He opened Steel Guitar Nashville in his later years and published many
books teaching young people the ART of steel guitar.
But he’s done MORE for country music than that!
He came to us from upstate New York from a very huge musical family
and his uncle was a traveling steel guitarist. He was fascinated by
He joined the Air force and was stationed in Texas and when he was
off duty his steel guitar talents were boasted about and he played gigs
with local bands.
After his service he played with Johnny Lee Wills and Hank Thompson.
He moved to Nashville and after only two days here he began to play
with Ferlin Husky and Jean Shepard who at the time was under his parental
rights being a minor so she could tour.
He went on to work with Stonewall Jackson and Claude Gray and Billy Walker.
In the 1950’s after the death of Country Music’s first big superstar
Hank Williams his band the Drifting Cowboys were carried by Country Legend
Ray Price. And when they parted ways Ray began his own backup band
the Cherokee Cowboys of which Bobbe was an original part of.
This was during Ray’s most pivotal point in his career during the Honky Tonk Era.
He eventually gave up the road in favor of playing on hit records and
became one of Nashville most sought after session people.
Both for his skill AND his ethics and good business behavior..he was well
respected among his peers.
For many years he played many master sessions weekly and kept
a fast pace. He is known for producing and finding Trisha Yearwood
Steve Wariner and Tracey Lawrence.
He later on went back on the road and became a part of The Working Man’s Band
for Johnny Paycheck.
At the beginning of 2012 he developed Spinal Stenosis which took away
his ability to walk and play steel guitar.
But he still instructed people on how to play..he never lost his style.
He passed away Wednesday evening in his home in Tennessee.
Heaven’s gates have certainly opened up WIDE to accept him into
their midst..I loved you Bobbe and thank you for all your stories
at the store.
I have not heard of any services as of this time.