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Jan. 25: On what would have been the 86th birthday of steel guitar virtuoso Wesley “Speedy” West, let’s hear one of his fine instrumentals cut with electric guitar wizard Jimmy Bryant in the 1950s. This ain’t “Stratosphere Boogie,” their signature pickin’ piece. But in West’s self-penned “This Ain’t The Blues,” we still get his aggressive use of both the volume pedal and the sliding steel bar on the strings, along with tasty fret work from Mr. Bryant. Great stuff all around.

Trivia question: At what future country music superstar’s first recording session, in Los Angeles, did West contribute steel and producer duties? Find the answer, and the total low-down on one of the most innovative musicians in any field, in Speedy West’s bio.

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