Steel Guitar Rodeo

Steel Guitar Rodeo
Steel Guitar Rodeo

The response to Jon Rauhouse’s first CD was soooo strong, we couldn’t stop him from making another. Who would have thought that a record replete with pedal steel and Hawaiian guitar classics would stand a chance in the techno-crazy new millenium? Maybe people miss records that contain actual MUSICIANS. Maybe they like the fact that even grandmaw will want to get down to this stuff and get off your back about all that “noise” you normally pollute your ears with.

Whatever the case, Jon and his gang are back with another installment that will most assuredly put a smile on your face and a beat in your feet. More classics like “Indian Love Call,” “Smoke Rings,” “Perry Mason Theme” and the Raymond Scott, hard as hell to play, you know it from Warner Brothers cartoons “Powerhouse,” a handful of originals, and, for those who just NEED the sound of a human voice, guest vocalists Neko Case, Sally Timms, Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), and Kelly Hogan. “Steel Guitar Rodeo” kicks up some dust, my friends. Help Jon and the gang end the unfair prejudice against instrumentals. This is THE record for dusting off the high-balls, putting a John Wayne DVD in the player, swapping lies about your visit to the Playboy Mansion, and dreaming of faraway scantily clad native gals running down white sand beaches. And remember, go easy on the vermouth, Dino and Don Ho would have wanted it that way.

Track List

  1. Introduction
  2. Widowmaker
  3. Smoke Rings
  4. Powerhouse
  5. River Of No Return
  6. Ropin’ The Goat
  7. Wishin’
  8. Roaches To Room Service
  9. Hamma Hamma Hula
  10. (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover
  11. Perry Mason Theme
  12. Indian Love Call
  13. Prisoner Of Love
  14. Jennifer’s Breakdown
  15. Work Work
  16. Swingin’ Elephant Graveyard
  17. Corn & Coffee
  18. Moa Lei’ a ‘i


  • Tim Tuten – Introduction
  • Jon Rauhouse – pedal steel, Hawaiian guitar, banjo, Guitar on track 15, lead vocals on 7,15,17, backing vocals on 5,12.
  • Tommy Connell – all guitars except where noted, lead guitar on 15, tenor guitar on 9,18, backing vocals on 5,7,12,17.
  • Neko Case – Vocals on River Of No Return
  • Kelly Hogan – Vocals on Smoke Rings & Prisoner Of Love
  • Sally Timms – Vocals on (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover
  • Howe Gelb – Piano & vocals on Indian Love Call
  • Andy Hopkins – Electric guitar on Prisoner Of Love
  • Jennie Benford – Guitar & mandolin on Jennifer’s Breakdown
  • Bradford Hutchinson – 2nd banjo on Jennifer’s Breakdown
  • Jacob Valenzuela – Trumpet on Powerhouse, Perry Mason Theme & Indian Love Call
  • Joey Burns – Bass on Indian Love Call, cello on Perry Mason Theme
  • Nick Luna – Piano on Powerhouse, Perry Mason Theme & marimba on Powerhouse
  • Johnny Marston – Bassoon on Perry Mason Theme, backing vocals on tracks 5,7,12
  • Tom V. Ray – Bass on tracks 2,3,6,8,10,13,14
  • Will Lovell – Bass on tracks 4,7,9,11,15,17,18
  • Kevin O’Donell – Drums on tracks 2,3,5,6,8,10,13
  • John Convertino – Drums on tracks 4,7,11,12,15,17
  • Craig Schumacher – Vox continental on Work Work & backing vocals on 5,7,12,17


  • Tracks 1,2,3,6,8,10,13,14 – recorded & mixed by Mike Hagler at Kingsize in Chicago IL, assst engineer Jeff Boyd
  • Tracks 4,5,7,11,12,15,17 – recorded & mixed by Craig Schumacher at WaveLab in Tuscon AZ, asst engineers Nick Luca & Erika Earl
  • Mastered by Mike Hagler at Kingsize in Chicago IL


NPR have an audio review of Steel Guitar Rodeo. NPR

Jon Rauhouse's second solo work is a diverse and eclectic mix destined to land on "Best Of" lists for 2004. Rauhouse is a guitar wizard with masterful grace and elegance.

Umbrella Music

If you want to hear the pedal steel take center stage, you only need to know one name: Jon Rauhouse, whose Steel Guitar Airshow was one of my favorite records of 2002, and whose Rodeo stands an excellent chance of repeating its predecessor's niche success.


Exhibiting an obvious love of pop culture, Rauhouse has crafted a project that entertains on several different levels and offers something fresh with each successive listening.

Country Standard Time

Jon's put together another great record here, once again featuring the talents of many great musicians. If REAL old country/swing music appeals to you don't hesitate to track down either of Jon's records.

Indie Workshop

More to come later......though I think it's great

Toxic Web


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