Buddy Emmons

Buddy Emmons is on the short list of the most influential steel pedal guitarists in the world. Along with Alvino Rey and Speedy West, Buddy helped define the role of the instrument in pop and country music. We proudly note that all three of these legends are now included in the NAMM Oral History Collection. Buddy was co-founder of ShoBud and later worked closely with George Lewis on several noted adjustments and improvements to the instrument. In fact, their close friendship was evident by the number of trade shows that found both men at the ShoBud or George L’s booth talking about the old days.


Interview Date:
July 20, 2002
Date of Birth:
January 27, 1937
Deceased Date:
July 28, 2015
Job Title:
Musician, Steel Guitarist

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