The Tapper

by Christopher Templeton

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about

Chris Templeton and his unique raised fretboard pedal steel. pedal steel and lap steel guitars, combines elements of Rock, Country, Funk, Hawaiian, Americana music with his thoughtful spoken word.

It features twenty-eight backup musicians including, Buddy Emmons, Victor Wooten, his brothers Regi & Joseph, Chuck Campbell, Robert Randolph and Ian Wallace just to name a few.

Thanks for stopping by Chris' Bandcamp site, feel free to check out the audio samples, pictures and stories. Here is a word from the man himself:

"The Tapper is a pedal steel guitar with a raised fret board which enables me to fret with my fingers as well as using the tapping technique to sound the strings with both hands. The beauty of using this method on a pedal steel guitar is that different strings can be lowered or raised with the pedals and knee levers while fretting. I hope you enjoy this record as much as I have enjoyed making it during the 26 years of learning development and recording. A big "Thank You" to instrument designer Ned Steinberger for for designing the Tapper, which features a second compensated bridge for fretting".

"For those of you who haven't yet heard Chris - hold on to your hats - he is a monster!" Jim Palenscar Owner of Steel Guitars of North County, Oceanside, CA.


"Pedal and Tapper steel guitar virtuoso and New England native Chris Templeton artfully combines beautiful instrumentals and hot jams on his instrument with a star studded cast of guest players and his homespun and good-humored impressions of modern Americana." - Stephen Barncard producer (David Crosby & Graham Nash, Grateful Dead)

credits

released 07 June 2014

Produced by Chris Templeton and Stephen Quinn Barncard

Mixed by Stephen Barncard, John Nicholson, Chris

Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering 

Executive Producer - Allan Thomas

Graphic Art by Frank & Audrey Gauna

Photography - Adam Frehm

Recording Engineers - John Nicholson, Corin Nelson, Captain Chris, Neal Poppi, Gene Cornelius, Stephen Barncard


The Players:

Chris Templeton - Tapper, Pedal Steel Guitars, Voice, Lap Steel, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Cello Bass Resophonic Guitar, Fuzz Steel Guitar

Buddy Emmons - Pedal Steel Guitar - 4, 11, 13
Chuck Campbell - Pedal Steel Guitar - 12
Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel Guitar - 12
Mike Cass - Pedal Steel Guitar - 5, 14
John Ely - Steel Guitar - 15
Rick Plant - Electric & Acoustic Guitars - 7, 8, 9, 11
Terry Wedding - Electric Guitar - 13
Dean Rose - Electric Guitar - 1, 10
Tom Smith - Guitar - 5
Tim Lorsch - Fiddles & Violins - 5, 8
Joseph Wooten - Electric Keyboard, Accordion, Piano - 2, 6, 9, 12
Raymond Blanchet - Piano - 13
Neal Poppi - Hammond B3 Organ - 1, 7
Jeff Sussman - Vibes - 15
Victor Wooten - Bass - 2, 6, 9, 12
Regi Wooten - Bass, Guitar - 1, 5, 6, 12, 14
Eric Hoh - Bass - 5, 14
David Toland - Bass - 15
David Smith - Bass - 4, 11
John Billings - Bass - 1, 3, 7
Dennis Pearne - Bass - 13
Segovia Bader - 7
Raymond "Nasty" Massey - Drums - 2, 6, 9, 12
JD Blair - Drums - 1, 3,10
Gabe Jarrett - Drums - 5, 14
Ian Wallace - Drums - 15
Bob Mater - Drums - 4, 11, 13
Rick Lonow - Drums - 7
Allison Moorer - Vocal sample - 3
Barbara Way - Vocal sample - 3
Doric Yarris - Voice - 12

The Songs:

1.The Tapper - 6:06 
2. Mosquito Hop - 2:48 
3. Luv 65 - 4:13 
4. Light Trash - 1:08 
5. Spanish Moss - 4:26 
6. Hobo Heaven - 4:52 
7. Small World Rag - 4:27 
8. Los Padres - 2:50 
9. I Was Touched - 4:21 
10. Snowflake - 3:38 
11. Blues & Greens - 3:13 
12. The Brand New Operah - 7:46 
13. Paris - 4:59 
14. Sometimes - 10:06
15. I Love You So Much It Hurts - 5:09 


1. The Tapper

Chris - Tapper, Pedal Steel Guitar, Voice
Dean Rose - Electric Guitar
Regi Wooten - Guitar
Neal Poppi - Organ
John Billings - Bass
JD Blair - Drums


2. Mosquito Hop

Chris - 8 strings on a 10 string, 1940's Rickenbacker Metal Lap Steel
Joseph Wooten - Accordion, Piano
Victor Wooten - Bass
Raymond "Nasty" Massey - Drums


3. Luv 65

Chris - Tapper, Pedal Steel Guitar, Voice
John Billings - Bass
JD Blair - Drums
Vocal sample - Allison Moorer, Barbara Way


4. Light Trash

Chris - 12 string Pedal Steel Guitar
Buddy Emmons - Pedal Steel Guitar
David Smith - Bass
Bob Mater - Drums


5. Spanish Moss

Chris - Tapper
Mike Cass - Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Smith - Guitar
Tim Lorsch - Fiddle and Violin
Eric Hoh - Bass
Regi Wooten - Bass, Guitar
Gabe Jarrett - Drums
 

6. Hobo Heaven

Chris - Lap steel, Acoustic Guitar
Joseph Wooten - Electric Keyboard
Regi Wooten - Guitar
Victor Wooten - Bass
Raymond "Nasty" Massey - Drums


7. Small World Rag

Chris - Tapper
Rick Plant - Electric Guitar
Neal Poppi - Hammond B3 Organ
John Billings - Bass
Rick Lonow - Drums


8. Los Padres

Chris - Guitars, Bass, Cello Bass
Rick Plant - Guitars
Tim Lorsch - Fiddles and Violins


9. I Was Touched

Chris - Lap steel, Electric guitar, Tapper
Rick Plant - Acoustic and Electric guitars
Joseph Wooten - Electric Keyboards
Victor Wooten - Bass
Raymond "Nasty" Massey - Drums


10. Snowflake

Chris - Tapper, Pedal Steel Guitar, Resophonic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Voice

Dean Rose - Guitar
JD Blair - Drums


11. Blues & Greens

Chris - Acoustic Guitar
Buddy Emmons - Pedal Steel Guitar
Rick Plant - Electric Guitar
David Smith - Bass
Bob Mater - Drums


12. The Brand New Operah

Chris - Voice
Doric Yarris - Voice
Chuck Campbell - Pedal Steel Guitar
Regi Wooten - Guitar
Joseph Wooten - Electric Keyboard
Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel Guitar
Victor Wooten - Bass
Raymond "Nasty" Massey- Drums


13. Paris

Chris - Guitar, Fuzz Steel
Buddy Emmons - Pedal Steel Guitar
Terry Wedding - Guitar
Raymond Blanchet - Piano
Dennis Pearne - Bass
Bob Mater - Drums


14. Sometimes

Chris - Tapper, Voices
Mike Cass - Pedal Steel Guitar
Eric Hoh - Bass
Regi Wooten - Bass, Guitar
Gabe Jarrett - Drums


15. I Love You So Much It Hurts

Chris - Pedal Steel Guitar
John Ely - Steel Guitar
Jeff Sussman - Vibes
David Toland - Bass
Ian Wallace - Drums


All songs by Chris Templeton © 2012 Blue Spruce Music - BMI
Light Trash, and Paris by Chris and Buddy Emmons Blue Spruce Music - BMI
Blues & Greens by Chris, Buddy Emmons and Rick Plant - Blue Spruce Music and Port List Music - BMI
I Love You So Much It Hurts by Floyd Tillman - Melody Lane Publications Inc. BMI


Dedicated to Milt and Mona Hinton.


Special Thanks to: Buddy & Peggy Emmons, Ned Steinberger, Jerry Byrd, Stephen "Sir Cube" Barncard, Allan "Windrider" Thomas, The Wooten Family, Rick Derringer, The Campbell Brothers, Joe Glaser, The Scott Family, Lisa Dubois & Leslie, The Sierra Instrument Company, The Taylors, Chris Dracup, Dan Fogelberg, Yoshio & Kuzz Taura and Family, Chae-Hui Blair, and The Templetons.

For additional info regarding the Tapper visit thetapper.net

The Recording Studios

The Blue Spruce Nest - VT
Hilltop Recording Studios - Madison,TN
The Plant - Sausalito, CA
Prarie Sun Studios - Cotati, CA
Little Black Dog Studios - Nashville, TN
Imaginary Road Studios - Brattleboro, VT
Poppi's Studio - Nashville, TN
Doric Yarris Studios - Kauai, HI
Stepbridge Studio - Santa Fe, NM
Chuck Eller Studio - Hinesburg, VT
House Of Cubes North - Santa Rosa CA.

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