The Slide Brothers!
Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent- are the greatest living musicians to embody the Sacred Steel tradition - joyously encompassing blues, rock and soul. The pedal steel guitar was introduced to church services by Willie Eason in the 1930’s, to mimic African-American singing and shouting.
The Slide Brothers were a featured act of the Experience Hendrix Tour, thrilling sold out shows across North America with their interpretations of Hendrix signatures “Purple Haze” and “Foxy Lady”.
“I want to take this musical history and make it relevant to give people a better idea of who we are and where this tradition came from. ....[The Slide Brothers can] bridge the cultural gap between people who are seventy-five years old and kids who are fifteen years old by reaching back into this history of music.” - Robert Randolph
Nashville country steel guitarists have dubbed Calvin Cooke the “B.B. King of gospel steel guitar.” Calvin first picked up the guitar in 1955 when a family member bought him a six-string guitar. Ultimately, mother purchased a steel guitar and he continues to use the same instrument on stage today as well as a ten-string pedal steel instrument which he plays in a unique tuning that came to him in a vision. Calvin is hailed today as the most influential living pedal steel guitar master within the Sacred Steel tradition.
Aubrey Ghent, a nephew of Willie Eason, has become a celebrated steel guitarist, preserving the sacred steel tradition. Ghent's father, Henry Nelson, was also schooled by Eason and played sacred steel for over 50 years, sharing the stage with such gospel greats as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mahalia Jackson. Ghent is hailed as a master of the lap steel guitar and his skillful technique has earned him worldwide acclaim. Aubrey Ghent stayed close to traditional gospel roots. In recent years, Ghent has performed and recorded with several top recording stars including Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.
At fifteen, Chuck became one of the first players to utilize the Pedal Steel guitar in his House of God Church, Keith Dominion. Chuck is renowned for his innovative approach to the instrument, technically and musically. His use of distortion, tone control pedals like the Wah-Wah and picking techniques enable him to emulate the human voice in an uncanny fashion. With his ground breaking use of complex chords and fast picking, Chuck has formed the musical style most emulated among young Sacred Steel players today.
Darick was the premier drummer of the General Assembly, the National Convocation of the House Of God Church in Nashville, Tennessee. However, his ultimate choice of the Lap Steel is a reflection of influences making Darick the most emotional player of The Campbell Brothers musical tour d' force. His renditions of “End of My Journey” have had audiences around the world weep in heartfelt response.