Ron Turner

Session Steel Guitarist

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I'm a session Steel Guitarist with over 40 years experience ready to provide superior quality backup, leads, and fills for your songs. Commercial quality tracks. Quick response. Fast turnaround. Unlimited revisions. I provide multiple takes for each track at no extra charge.

I would be honored to contribute and work with you on your songs. I've been recording in several studios in Southern California since 1980 as well as playing with several Artists including Jaymes Felix. I have had the honor of recording with the great Steel Guitarist Maurice Anderson. Also Recorded on Lucie Marotte's 100% Country CD. Lucie is one of Canada's top Country Artist. Played venues at the House Of Blues, St' Louis Steel Guitar Convention, SWSGA shows, and more. Known for my versatility in various music genres, from Country, Southern Gospel, Smooth Jazz, Rock, and Blues.

What do some of the industry's best have to say?

"Ron's playing and skills is second to none. Always great to have Ron attending and participating at the International Steel Guitar Convention". Dewitt Scott (Scotty). Founder of the St. Louis Steel Guitar Convention and Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame member, and Ambassador of the Steel Guitar.

"Great to have Ron playing on my recordings. His style & tone fits right in with my songs" Lucie Marotte.

"Great tone and style". Maurice (Reece) Anderson, Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame member and creator of the MSA Steel Guitar. Recorded with me on my Progressive Ron & Reece steel guitar album.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

12 Reviews

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  1. Review by Ron F.
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    Ron is an incredibly nice guy and an extremely talented steel guitarist! I will not hesitate to collaborate with him again.

  2. Review by Ben Green
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    Once again it has been a joy to work with Ron and I love playing on his songs. He’s a wonderful steel player and his communication has been excellent throughout. I really hope that I have the opportunity to work with him again in the future.

  3. Review by Ben Green
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    Ron was fantastic to work with. His wonderful composition skills and stellar steel guitar playing meant that it was a joy for me to record on his track. He perfectly communicated what he wanted and he even sent me a chord chart to work with. I very much look forward to working with Ron again in the future.

  4. Review by Hugo Lee
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    Once again a real pleasure playing sax for Ron. He writes great music that's well put together, and instructions are always clear and responses prompt. Looking forward to the next one!

  5. Review by Hugo Lee
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    Ron is a truly wonderful musician! Excellent slide playing and production, and always fun to play sax over his tracks :-)

  6. Review by Hugo Lee
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    Another great experience working with Ron. Top notch musicality, very clear instructions and a pleasure to play sax for!

  7. Review by Hugo Lee
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    Absolutely wonderful experience working with Ron! Super quick communication, clear instructions, and a really well-produced track to play sax over.

    Highly recommended musician and seller!

  8. Review by Billy Nobel
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    Ron was SUPER cool to work for. He is a fellow musician and gave me room to add my own flavor to his project. He was also very communicative and helpful when I had questions. I hope we can work together again!

  9. Review by Jaymes Felix
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    Great guy, great player. Sweet steel playin for sure!

  10. Review by Cliff Bell
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    I am a sound contractor for primarily houses of worship and I can't imagine music without a great steel guitar filling in the mix!!!
    I have worked with Ron for over 20 years on projects and he is exactly what you need for that mix and has the experience and talent to make your track better.

  11. Review by Rachael McClain
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    Ron is an AMAZING steel guitarist! I’ve played with him off and on for years now and I have never been disappointed. His skill and technique are noteworthy and he’s a great guy too!

  12. Review by Guy Lapointe
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    Ron is a great steel player and even though we live in Canada we've been able to get him enhance our country music recordings and to this day. he's the one I'd strongly recommend for any of your future own recording projects. - C. Guy Lapointe, Recording Producer, Quebec, Canada.

Interview with Ron Turner

  1. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  2. A: As a musician don't over play your instrument. Keep it simple, clean, and polished to enhance the lead artist.

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: Billy Nobel

  5. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  6. A: Many projects. My recent Big City country steel guitar album. Back up recording sessions with artist Lucie Marotte super star country singer in Canada. Also playing live with great gospel singers Tim Spell and Terry Gunn. Playing live and recording with Jaymes Felix former Tower Of Power and Andrea Crouch and The Disciples singer and bass player.

  7. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  8. A: Southern Gospel Steel Guitar instrumentals. I have 11 songs that I'm currently perfecting with added keyboard melody leads by Billy Nobel, Tim McGraw's keyboardist & backup vocal. Will be released early 2020.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Digital. In today's world that is the easiest way to record and the cleanest sounding.

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: Complete 100% satisfaction or your money back. I want my client to be happy and contact me every time they need a steel guitar for their backup. I provide 3 free re-dos until they are happy or their money back.

  13. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  14. A: Hearing new music from artists and recording my steel guitar to enhance their song.

  15. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  16. A: Mostly recording engineers asking what my recording software is and can I provide what they require so my track can be mixed properly. For live playing the artist may ask if I can play the same lines as the original artist recorded song so it sounds like the original.

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. A: That the steel guitar is a country only instrument. The steel guitar can and has been played in practically every genre of music and depending on the player can sound awesome on almost any style of music.

  19. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  20. A: What style of the steel sound are you looking for? Typically I'll ask what famous artist do they prefer the sound of the backup steel guitar on. This allows me to understand the style they prefer.

  21. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  22. A: The band you play or sing with can make you sound great or not so great. So hire the best talent and experienced musicians that fit your style. Hire the best engineers who know how to mix it all together.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: My computer, steel guitar, amp, resonator guitar (since there may be no electricity), and direct line effects unit.

  25. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  26. A: I have been playing pedal steel for over 40 years. Very specialty instrument so not many teachers out here in Southern California. I started out learning mostly on my own and playing Southern Gospel at church. As time went on I discovered the big Nashville players who played Scotty's Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis every year. I became friends with Scotty and many Country Artist pro musicians and was honored to play with them and even record with some.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Smooth, complementing the vocal. Never over playing. The best musicians know when not to play. My style is smooth single note fills with some full chord backup. I sound best with medium to slow tempo country music, great with blues and some jazz as well.

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: Any artist that sings songs that are steel guitar or musician fill in friendly. Meaning songs that have openings where not just steel players but any musician has room to fill in between words. These types of songs flow well and show variation and how vocals and leads can complement each other.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Country, Southern Gospel, Blues, and Christian Contemporary.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Pedal Steel. Over 40 years experience.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Pedal steel backup, fills and leads to your song.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I work with studio engineers who send me their MP3 scratch track to record with typically emailed. Then I record my steel guitar track in WAV format at 44.1 sample rate minimum so it's a minimum CD quality. I can record at a higher rate if needed. I will send the engineer a dry clean track of my steel (no effects) so they can mix and add reverb etc. If I'm recording my own instrumentals I will use a blend MIDI tracks and WAV tracks that I build myself.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Small studio with Sonar Pro software for recording direct to my custom built studio recording computer, I have three steel guitars (1 MSA & 2 Sierra's), one Fender resonator, and one Peavey Power Slide guitar. Various effects and amps. I am also the sound engineer and steel guitarist at our church with a 48 channel digital recording system, including a full band with keyboards, organ, guitars, bass, and drums.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Paul Franklin, Joe Wright, Buddy Emmons, Terry Stewart, Jaymes Felix

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Live venues and studio recording sessions

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GenresSounds Like
  • Alan Jackson
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Eagles
Gear Highlights
  • Sierra Steel Guitars with custom George L pickups (superior tone quality)
  • Fishman Tone DEQ
  • Peavey Amps
  • Sonar Pro Software
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