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John Neff

Postby Tequila Cowboy » Sat May 30, 2015 8:41 am

Saw John play last night for the first time since he left DBT. He was playing with the Flint Hill Specials as a one off. Damn that man can play the pedal steel. It's not that I had forgotten it's just that I didn't quite remember how good he was.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Iowan » Sat May 30, 2015 8:44 am

Tequila Cowboy wrote:Saw John play last night for the first time since he left DBT. He was playing with the Flint Hill Specials as a one off. Damn that man can play the pedal steel. It's not that I had forgotten it's just that I didn't quite remember how good he was.


Dude's got talent. No doubt about that.

What he does on "Birthday Boy" makes 'it' move.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Cole Younger » Sat May 30, 2015 3:33 pm

Is he still playing with that band Autumn Attics? I never did give the. A listen but they had some good players involved.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Tequila Cowboy » Sat May 30, 2015 10:19 pm

Cole Younger wrote:Is he still playing with that band Autumn Attics? I never did give the. A listen but they had some good players involved.


I'm not sure. We spoke to him for a bit but mostly about his dog to be honest. He was sitting in with these guys who don't play very often.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Smitty » Sun May 31, 2015 2:15 am

I will forever miss his playing with DBT. The pedal steel on Decoration Day (the record, obviously) were one of the things that sealed the deal for my DBT fandom. Whatever happened behind the scenes sucks.
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Re: John Neff

Postby John A Arkansawyer » Sun May 31, 2015 7:27 am

Smitty wrote:Whatever happened behind the scenes sucks.


I really like the current line-up, but I'd also like to hear Neff on records and for him to play some dates on occasion. I don't know exactly what happened either and I don't care for the end result of no Neff no how no way.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Clams » Sun May 31, 2015 9:37 am

Smitty wrote:I will forever miss his playing with DBT. The pedal steel on Decoration Day (the record, obviously) were one of the things that sealed the deal for my DBT fandom. Whatever happened behind the scenes sucks.

I'm with Smitty. Neff's pedal steel took a bunch of their songs to a whole different sonic level. World of Hurt, Living Bubba, Heathens, Love Like This, etc.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Eyes Above It » Sun May 31, 2015 2:07 pm

Clams wrote:
Smitty wrote:I will forever miss his playing with DBT. The pedal steel on Decoration Day (the record, obviously) were one of the things that sealed the deal for my DBT fandom. Whatever happened behind the scenes sucks.

I'm with Smitty. Neff's pedal steel took a bunch of their songs to a whole different sonic level. World of Hurt, Living Bubba, Heathens, Love Like This, etc.


Ditto both of these posts. I'll also add that A Ghost to Most, while still a great song, hasnt been the same since Neff quit.

Too bad he burned the bridge by quitting via email. I would love to see him come back.
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Re: John Neff

Postby JJAllin » Sun May 31, 2015 3:37 pm

I too miss Neff's pedal steel.

A couple/few/whatever years after I was really getting into the DBT's (this was early 00's), Frank Black had his Catholics project really ramping up and released 2 brilliant albums on the same day ("Black Letter Days" & "Devil's Workshop"). The pedal steel playing on some of the selections from those records just put those songs straight over the top. Amazing. ("Chip Away Boy", "End of Miles" - for a couple of great examples). Just as I could never imagine those tunes without the pedal steel - I really miss it in many DBTs songs as well.

I guess he burned that bridge, as has been mentioned, but I sure do wish he would/could at least play on the records.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Hud » Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:39 am

I REALLY miss Neff's pedal steel playing. I miss the pedal steel period

I never felt his guitar playing had enough bite with DBT, but still liked his playing. I haven't seen that many shows, only local, so maybe the sound was never quiet right.

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Re: John Neff

Postby Duke Silver » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:25 pm

Have they played Santa Fe without Neff? That's a song I can't imagine without pedal steel.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Swamp » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:54 pm

Autumn Attics is suppose to be playing Jax tomorrow. Hope to see them. I do miss his pedal.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Zip City » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:58 pm

Just imagine Neff on Grand Canyon. Holy shitballs
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Re: John Neff

Postby Iowan » Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:25 pm

FWIW, the best DBT show I've ever seen was post-Neff.

That said, I always loved his contributions.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Swamp » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:21 pm

Swamp wrote:Autumn Attics is suppose to be playing Jax tomorrow. Hope to see them. I do miss his pedal.

Well he gave us the wrong date. It's not till the end of the month.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Swamp » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:56 pm

He's so cool! Need to see you dude.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Zip Up to Michigan » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:21 pm

Anyone know why Neff left the band?
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Re: John Neff

Postby Clams » Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:03 pm

Zip Up to Michigan wrote:Anyone know why Neff left the band?

How much time have you got?

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Re: John Neff

Postby ramonz » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:13 pm

Clams wrote:
Zip Up to Michigan wrote:Anyone know why Neff left the band?

How much time have you got?

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4859


Jumped down this old rabbit hole last weekend - interesting to revisit, but what a weird, not-so-pleasant thread and memory.

But I listened to Smitty's Neff pedal steel Spotify list for the first time. The odd thing was, while I looooove pedal steel, to MY ears, the DBT work on the list was by far the most enjoyable. Not sure what that says, if anything.
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Re: John Neff

Postby Zip City » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:09 pm

I disagree with a lot of my takes in that thread
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Postby Swamp » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:25 am

The last time we saw John we had gone over to the pan handle to see Eye Candy. After the show we went back to their room to party. 45 minutes later the hotel staff was saying we couldn't party in the room any more. So we moved the party down to the beach in front of the hotel. About 45 minutes later they came and told us we had to move down the beach Good times.
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Re: John Neff

Postby blackwll » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:18 pm

I saw Neff with Bloodkin a couple of years ago at the Montgomery Riverfront Amp. Free show. Good times. Neff and Danny played great to a small crowd.
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Re: John Neff

Postby pearlbeer » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:38 pm

Zip City wrote:I disagree with a lot of my takes in that thread


Well...it's official. Zip now disagrees with everyone on 3DD now. :lol:
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Re: John Neff

Postby Zip City » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:13 pm

pearlbeer wrote:
Zip City wrote:I disagree with a lot of my takes in that thread


Well...it's official. Zip now disagrees with everyone on 3DD now. :lol:


ha ha ha ha
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Re: John Neff

Postby Jonicont » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:58 pm

Zip City wrote:
pearlbeer wrote:
Zip City wrote:I disagree with a lot of my takes in that thread


Well...it's official. Zip now disagrees with everyone on 3DD now. :lol:


ha ha ha ha


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Re: John Neff

Postby Tequila Cowboy » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:23 pm

OK, that's fuckin' funny.
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