“Killer Joe”: Nashville Super Pickers in Austin

In this 1979 performance from TV’s Austin City Limits, Buddy Emmons (steel guitar) and Phil Baugh (electric guitar) take The Nashville Super Pickers for a test drive using the Benny Golson jazz standard, “Killer Joe,” as their vehicle:

Buddy Emmons:  Steel Guitar & Vocals
Phil Baugh:  Lead Guitar
Russ Hicks:  Rhythm Guitar & Steel Guitar
Johnny Gimble:  Fiddle & Vocals
Charlie McCoy:  Harmonica & Vocals
Henry Strzelecki:  Bass & Vocals
Buddy Harmon:  Drums
Hargus Robbins:  Piano

Nashville Super Pickers at ACL

This television soundtrack album was originally released in 1979 on Flying Fish, home of Buddy Emmons, Vassar Clements, John Hartford, Mason Williams, Peter Rowan, Bright Morning Star, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and New Grass Revival, among others. .

Buddy Emmons flanked by Phil Baugh (left) and Russ Hicks (right)

Buddy at Austin City Limits

From the liner notes on the back cover —

Buddy was recently voted best steel guitarist in a reader’s poll, and he has done more for the instrument, technically and musically, than any other player.  As a studio musician, he has graced the records of Ray Charles, Judy Collins, and John Hartford, among many others.  His own Flying Fish records include Steel Guitar, Buddy Emmons Sings Bob Wills, Buddies (with Buddy Spicher), and Minors Aloud (with Lenny Breau).

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