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Shot Jackson

November 5, 1975 OH76 58 min.


Steel guitarist and dobro player. Born September 4, 1920. Died January 24, 1991. Real name: Harold B. Jackson. Successful sideman and session player, he worked with numerous artists including Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells. Known for his innovative instrument designs, represented by the Sho-Bud steel guitar and his seven-string dobro. Member, Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

Interview Summary

1975 November 5
(58 minutes)
Shot Jackson discusses his career as a steel guitarist and dobro player, as well an instrument builder. Discussion includes his childhood in Georgia; getting his first guitar at age 16; listening to the Grand Ole Opry; being influenced by Roy Acuff; working with Cousin Wilbur, the Bailes Brothers, Johnnie and Jack, and Kitty Wells; how he became a member of Roy Acuff’s band, the Smoky Mountain Boys; developing the Sho-Bud pedal steel guitar with Buddy Emmons; the other instruments he manufactures; recording for Specialty Records, Starday Records, Cumberland Records, and others; touring with Donna Darlene; and how to play a pedal steel.

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