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Pedal steel symphonies; INTERVIEW MUSIC.

Byline: GAVIN MARTIN

For over 40 years, B J Cole has been one of the great backroom boys of British music. In a career spanning six decades, his pedal steel guitar has accompanied recordings by Elton John, T Rex, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and graced live performances by REM, Depeche Mode, Bj|rk, The Verve and many more.

Cole's mind-bogglingly complex but beautifully evocative pedal steel features on two new albums, Transparent Music 2 and Icebreaker, the latter an interpretation of Brian Eno's intergalactic musical adventure, Apollo.

"Like a lot of bespectacled people, I started playing guitar inspired by Hank Marvin," smiles Cole. "Then after two years, I heard the pedal steel on a record called Sleepwalk. I discovered an instrument no one else was playing. Later in life, I found that I have a taste for the exotic - I'm not a classicist."

One of B J's most celebrated outings is featured on Elton John's classic Tiny Dancer. "It's the only pop record where the pedal steel comes in on the second verse and stays right to the end," he says. "When I saw the scene in Almost Famous where the song was used I was very moved. A record I'd played on years ago was in a major movie - really loud, everyone singing along."

? Transparent Music 2 is out now.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2012
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