Paul Carie keeps alive sounds of traditional steel guitar
There are few sounds as instantly recognizable as the pedal steel guitar. It has served as one of the cornerstones for the country sound since the days of Hank Williams and Hank Snow.
However, even with huge crossover popularity of country music, traditional pedal steel playing is starting to become a lost art. But there is still at least one person in the Knox County area who helps keep the art of steel playing alive … Paul Carie.
Carie, 71, who now lives in Washington, has been creating sweet sounds with the steel for about 50 years, as a session musician, touring performer and now as simply a musician who loves
to put a smile on peoples’ faces with his playing.
He has toured with Johnny Paycheck, been friendly with Chet Atkins and even put out his own solo album back in the mid-’70s. However, the former Vincennes resident says he doesn’t play for any other reason now than “because it’s in my blood.”