Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cindy Cashdollar - Virtuoso Pedal Steel, Dobro Player

I love the sound a pedal-steel guitar and dobro. I have never attempted to play either, despite being able to get at least some sound from any instrument with strings.  One of the best today is Cindy Cashdollar, now based in Austin, Texas.  Cindy's pedal steel and dobro skills have her in much demand in the music business, as evident with her work with many of the leading artists in  music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrison Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoliel, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, and Dave Alvin.

Cindy was born and raised in Woodstock, New York where she perfected her skills by performing with bluegrass legend John Herald, blues great Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm and Rick Danko of The Band, others. What a great way to start your career and pay your dues. Imagine sitting in with Levon and Rick, two legends of rock music. Cindy went on the road for eight years with the band Asleep At The Wheel, which netted her five Grammy awards. She has continued to work with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and The Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan, Redd Volkaert, Ryan Adams, among many others.

In 2004 she toured as a member of Ryan Adam’s band The Cardinals. She also recorded the CD Cold Roses with Adams.In 2006, she toured with Van Morrison, who was touring to promote his Pay the Devil release and is also a  member of Dave Alvin's 2009 project, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women.

Cindy appears frequently on Garrison Keillor's live radio program,  A Prairie Home Companion and also works as a teacher. Cindy gives workshops and has produced four instructional DVDs distributed by Homespun Tapes. Her debut CD, Slide Show, featured guest artists such as Marcia Ball, Steve James, Mike Auldridge, and Sonny Landreth. Any song recorded with Sonny has to be good, as he is the master of the slide guitar.

Cindy was inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame on March 12, 2011during the Texas Steel Guitar Association's weekend of concerts, seminars, and awards. Cindy is the first female to be inducted, and dedicated the honor to Marian Hall, whom she cited as "truly one of the greats and one of the first female pioneers of the instrument".










4 comments:

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.