PPL Members:John David Call (pedal steel) , Rick Schell (drums & Vocals), Donnie Lee Clack (lead guitar &Vocals) , Jeff $tick Davis (bass guitar) Craig "Don't Call Me Amie" Fuller (lead Vocals & guitar)
Since Fats Kaplin was unavailable, Mr. John David Call
treated us to the steel that had us roaring from the 60's right through today.
It was written in the 70's that "Call
continues to raise the bar with his
inventive, superb pedal steel..." . John
put a match to that bar Friday night and jumped over it once more.
Donnie and John
had this tune rockin' , outstanding !! Donnie sang lead on a number of tunes, all the Gill songs as well as the Curtis Wright song from ALL IN GOOD TIME, IF YOU SAY WHAT Iâ€™M THINKING.
John David Call ! My God, this guy put me in a time warp that I don't think I've left yet !! TEARS, KC SOUTHERN, TWO LANE HIGHWAY, all had the classic trademark pedal steel licks that catapulted PPL into the national music mainstream in the 70's and brought us here today.
continues to amaze and thrill audiences with the same brash approach to the pedal steel that had steel purists shaking their heads decades ago.
" You just can't do that on the steel", " That's not the way it's meant to be played" are just a few of the many phrases thrown at John many years back.
Fortunately for all of us, John
chose to blaze his
was nothing short of magnificent Friday night, and it's even more amazing when you consider that he's
only popped in sporadically with PPL
the last few years.
But what really got me going was what he
did on the tunes that he
never recorded with PPL
: MISERY TRAIN, a song I've stated before I felt was often overlooked, blew the crowd away.
turned this song into a monster Friday night, along with the superb lead guitar and vocals of Donnie LEE.
These two carried on all night in the same tradition of Fuller-Call
and later Goshorn-Call.
And yet they've only performed together a few times ! SIX FEET OF SNOW ( an old Feat tune) was yet another song where John's riveting steel roared through the venue, the crowd clearly pumped up.
Throughout the night, John
displayed the creative touch we've come to love, from the inventive, melodic licks to the scorching ones which ripped right through you.
still flies on that thing and hits those high end notes with an amazing clarity like no one else.
The chance to finally see this legend again provided all of us with a magical evening.
, in true Prairie Dog tradition, proceeded to treat us like we were all old friends, and then suggested that we go inside and say hi to the rest of the band, as well.
Last, but certainly not least, I got my first opportunity to experience the incredible John Call
acts as though he's
lucky that people will have him around!
That's par for the course, for a group of really nice, and down to earth people.
So beautiful on the mellow songs, and hasn't lost a thing on his
seems to be off somewhere else, not even aware of how great he's
Anyway, I've gone on long enough.
Thank you again, Tom for making it a special time, and thank you Craig, Rick, Donnie, "Stick", and John
, for your incredible graciousness, and for putting on a whale of a show (two actually.) The only thing that could have topped it off, was if I could have been in Kentucky the next day.