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I am available for steel guitar gigs on Wednesdays and weekends, within a 70 mile radius of Flint, Michigan.
My stage name is "Wiz" and I've been playing Country-Western music professionally since January 1975, playing Pedal Steel Guitar on literally thousands of gigs. I've played 6 and 7 nighters with house bands, backup bands, thrown together bands, and show bands, in bars, fairs, members only clubs, dance clubs, nightclubs, casinos, radio stations, TV shows, recording studios, and revolving stages; you name it.
I have the "Nashville Sound," produced my genuine Emmons pedal steel guitar, all hot-rodded up for speed and sustain. It's got tone to the bone and is ready to go to work for your band, or recording project! I read Nashville number charts for originals and recording sessions.
I am a pro and am looking for paying work, in and around Michigan, on recording sessions and with gigging bands. I can play most anything that has gotten airplay in major Country radio markets in the past 50 years. I do Classic, Traditional and New Country and Country Rock. I use various effects, including a convincing Dobro simulator pedal.
For gigs of low to medium stage volume, I can play my real Dobro. I also play rhythm and sing about a dozen Country songs.
I have been playing with bands in Michigan since 1989. I previously worked with the Taylor Brothers Band for 7 years, from 1997 through 2004. I had a house gig in the #629 Flint Eagles, from Oct 2004 through June 2007. I returned again in Nov 2007 and continued playing there with various house bands, through mid-2014.
I have a website with my complete bio and audio samples, at ://.wiztunes - with a contact form, should you wish to get in touch about business matters. I can also be contacted via my profile: s://./wizcrafts (Wiz Feinberg), or via : wizcrafts.
At this time I have occasional weekend bookings with Kenny Kens and Joey Vee. I am currently a freelancer, but will join a band with a decent paying steady gig.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Aug 28 2007
- Active within 1 week
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
Steel guitar influences:
My influences were the dominant Nashville session players of the 1960s onward. They include Buddy Emmons, Weldon Myrick, Hal Rugg, John Hughey, Lloyd Green, Paul Franklin Jr, Tommy White, Sonny Garrish and Bob Lucier.
Recording artist influences:
Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Randy Travis, John Anderson, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, Ray Price, Buck Owens, Mel Street, Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis, Billy Walker, Tommy Overstreet, Gene Watson, Ricky Van Shelton, Eddy Raven, Gary Stewart, John Conley, Michael Martin Murphy, Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Seger, Eddie Rabbit, Lefty Frizzell, Moe Bandy, Charlie Pride, Ed Bruce, The Wilburn Brothers, Bill Anderson, Johnny Cash, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allen, Garth Brooks, Tammy Wynette, Ricky Scaggs, Vince Gill, Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldrich ... Do you get the picture yet? I love Country Music and play it like the record!
I would categorize my playing style as "commercial." I try to play it like the record, to the best of my ability. When I am in the studio, making a record, I play as requested by the artist, or producer.
- Steel guitar:
- Rhythm Guitar:
Emmons Push Pull pedal steel guitar, two Peavey Nashville amplifiers, A Beard Goldtone Dobro with a Fishman bridge pickup,, Boss digital delay, Boss reverb, Boss chorus, Boss tremolo, a Goodrich LDR volume pedal, a sitar bar, graphite and glass Dobro bars, and last, but not least, my hands (the best effect I own).
Opryland Ride *** Original Instrumental by Wiz ***
Opryland Ride *** Original Instrumental by Wiz *** Year: 1986 Genre: Country
This is my original instrumental named Opryland Ride, which I wrote as an opening tune for introducing Pee Wee King, when I backed him up, in about 1986. The band was The Mike McGivern Band, with whom I toured for about a year. It was recorded on a cassette recorder, live, on a gig, somewhere in the World, in a bar, in a hotel.
Leather Britches - A Traditional Ozark Mountains instrumental performed by Wiz
Leather Britches - A Traditional Ozark Mountains instrumental performed by Wiz Year: 1983 Genre: Country
I was playing steel in a hot traveling 6 piece Country showband, named "Eastwind," when this was recorded live, onstage, in 1983. The tune is "Leather Britches" which was originally a fiddle tune played by the Ozark Mountain folk for centuries.
I will be playing with the Pole Barn Rebels Band (PBR), at Jack's Place, in Flushing Michigan, on Friday, August 19. Show starts at 9 something PM and ends at 1 something AM.
I will be playing steel guitar for the Pole Barn Rebels Band, on Friday, June 24, 2011, in PD's Pub, on Fenton Road (near US 23 Drive In Theater), from 9 PM until 1 AM.
This is a tight, new and traditional Country act, with Southern Rock thrown in. It should be an enjoyable gig.
Aside from that, I play in the Flint, Michigan, #629 Fraternal Order Of Eagles, every Saturday and Sunday night. The club is on Dort Hwy, 2 blocks north of Davison Road, at the corner of Bennett and Dort. It shares a parking lot with Forrest Custom Motorcycles shop.
Are there any professional musicians/band leaders who want to put a Country-Country Rock band together for Wednesday nights? Need PA head, monitors, mics, cables, stands and your own amplifiers. Powered speakers are supplied by the club. I will play steel guitar in the band. Contact me soon!
I play steel with the Ace High Band, a 4 piece band, at the #629 Eagles Club, every Friday through Sunday. The Club is on Dort Highway, at the corner of Bennett Ave, two blocks North of Davison Road, in Flint, Michigan.
Show times are 8 PM until 12:30 AM, on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 6 PM until 10:30 PM on Sundays. We play a variety of new and classic Country Music and old Rock and Roll and Southern Rock.
Membership is reasonably priced, and required for repeat customers, but professional musicians are always allowed in on Sundays, as long as you sign in at the front desk (as "Band"). Infrequent guests may sign in under my stage name: "Wiz" - as I am a member of the #629 FOE.
Food is served until 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 8 PM on Sundays.
I am currently playing three nights a week, at the #629 Eagles, in Flint, Michigan, with the Ace High Band. We play Fridays and Saturdays from 8 PM to 12:30 AM and Sundays from 6 PM to 10:30 PM.