Jon Rauhouse, Jon Rauhouse’s Steel Guitar Rodeo

Peter Blackstock

By Peter Blackstock

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
One of the indie roots scene’s most respected and accomplished steel players collaborates with Neko Case, Calexico and others.

Through his continuing work with torch-country chanteuse Neko Case and his previous tenure with honky-tonkers Grievous Angels, Jon Rauhouse has become one of the indie roots scene's most respected and accomplished steel players. Steel Guitar Rodeo, his second album under his own name, further demonstrates he can be more than a supporting player. With instrumental help from the likes of Tommy Connell, Tom Ray and a few members of Calexico, plus vocal cameos from Case (on the classic movie tune "River of No Return"), Kelly Hogan, Carolyn Mark and Sally Timms, Rauhouse crafts a rewarding, enjoyable record that reflects both his stylistic range of his playing and his exquisite taste in material.