Steelin Hearts

Pedal Steel Guitar specialist.

18 Reviews (1 Verified)
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Fender Artist/Recording Artist - Steelin Hearts (Jy-Perry Banks) has played with Michael Bolton, Orianthi, Jim Lauderdale, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and tracked over 1,300 songs. Steelin Hearts brings will bring any piece to life with gorgeous Atmos sounds, hot country picking or lush padding.

Fender Artist/Recording Artist - Steelin Hearts

Whatever the project is, Steelin Hearts will add the next level of depth and complexity to really bring your track to life.

Whether it be

-traditional country

Steelin Hearts Unique full bodied lush sound adds a warmth and detail like no other Steel Player. Whether it be a Fast jazz standard or long sustained atmospheric notes the sound of Steelin Hearts crying steel guitar blends perfectly whatever the situation is.

Using Classic Pedal Steels (Emmon's LLG 2 and 3) Fender Valve amps, a wide array of boutique Effect pedals and Condenser and Ribbon Microphones, any sound you desire can be captured.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

18 Reviews

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  1. Review by Daniel R.

    Jy-Perry Banks is an awesome talent. He delivered three country & western style tracks full of tasteful moments and great vibes. A very fun experience and he was very responsive.

  2. Review by Michelle L.

    Jy plays with passion and enthusiasm on every track. What sets him apart is his ability to understand what is needed to achieve the overall feel of the song, be it lush, haunting melodies or fast western swing licks.
    He is a great person to work with and his contribution on my recordings has been 1st class.

  3. Review by CRYS
    by CRYS

    Timely delivery of tracks and beautiful melody choices; you captured exactly the yearning vibe that I was going for. I look forward to working together again. Thanks Jy-Perry! - crys

  4. Review by Michael McCartney
    by Michael McCartney

    Well, he stole my heart! But for real, what a pro! Mad love for the dark art of Pedal Steel and he makes it seem effortless. Remote session and his engineering was great. Did a wet/dry for me, which was rad. Super easy to deal with and very accomodating. If you need your heart stole, look no further.

  5. Review by Eric Long
    by Eric Long

    Jy was a pleasure to work with. I had recorded Pedal Steel tracks back and into my mix within a few days of sending over songs and they sounded great. World class pedal steel at a very affordable price! I'd highly recommend for session work.

  6. Review by Stephen Verhault - Tiger Tone
    by Stephen Verhault - Tiger Tone

    Steelin Hearts is amazing!!!! I have had him on many of my songs and he always lifts up my music to a higher level!! Like a mind reader, he has always done what i was imagining for the song!! I also want to point out that he is receptive and open minded!! I even threw some Reggae at him, and he played so great and never skipped a beat!!! All in all, a great player and a great guy who will Steel your musical Heart too!!!! Super awesome!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  7. Review by Michael Tomlinson
    by Michael Tomlinson

    I have been a fan of Jy for sometime after seeing his work with Babitha, to get to work with him was an absolute dream! On a personal level he's incredibly warm and engaged and of course his playing is off the charts - so fresh and yet so deeply informed, he's heavy! I just wanna go write some more songs so Jy can play on them!

  8. Review by Brian Heywood
    by Brian Heywood

    Jy is not only a great pedal steel guitarist (and I've worked with BJ Cole), he is also a creative musician and very easy to work with.

    He turned around a part for my last recording project in a day with a number of fantastic lines of extremely high quality.

    Will definitely use him again for future projects.

  9. Review by Simon D.

    JYs playing is sensational. He knew exactly what our songs needed and returned a couple of takes for each song. Great with communications, enthusiastic replies, fast turnaround, an awesome musician and a very relaxed guy. Very, very impressive. I'm so pleased I worked with him and you will be too. Thanks!

  10. Review by Daniel Grimsland

    Jy is an absolutely stellar musician! The tracks I received from him were fantastic and really took our production to the next level. I highly recommend!

  11. Review by Imogen Grist
    by Imogen Grist

    I’ve worked with Jy for a couple of years now, and if I could rate more stars I would. He has helped define the overall sound of my music, and his ability to create lush, atmospheric soundscapes and blazing solos are driven by his impressive skill set, unique playing style, and intuitive approach. On top of this, he’s the friendliest fellow you could ever meet and a dedicated performer with impeccable style

  12. Review by Stu Wilson
    by Stu Wilson

    Jy-Perry has added some great pedal steel to some tunes of "The Rivers"and taken the feel and atmosphere to another level. So approachable and able to grasp the creative direction while adding a high level of musicality.

  13. Review by Will C.

    Jy is an incredible pedal steel player with an impressive and extensive list of recordings. His playing and finesse is instantly recognisable on anything he contributes to. He is also one of the friendliest and easy-going people I have had the pleasure of getting to know. I can guarantee anyone choosing to work with Jy would have an overwhelmingly positive experience.

  14. Review by Derek C.

    Jy Perry Banks has done several pedal steel tracks for songs I've written. He is a phenomenal musician and one of the coolest guys. The coolest part is he'll do a few tracks to each song for me to choose from. You need to contact him Asap. Highly recommended and guaranteed you won't be disappointed.

  15. Review by Victoria Richings
    by Victoria Richings

    have had the pleasure of Jy playing on my last EP which made No 1 in the Roots charts (USA) this year! and he has just played on my new EP, He is a phenomenal musician and plays with real heart, I can't recommend him enough, a great musician and lovely human too 😊πŸ”₯

  16. Review by Matt J.

    I sent 4 tracks off to Jye for my country project and what he produced exceeded expectations. He is the kind of artist who can nail exactly what you're going for with your guidance, or alternatively he knows what's going to work best should you leave it open for him to interpret your track and do his thing. Turn around time is phenomenal. We received our tracks back overnight and required no alterations. A genuinely nice person to communicate with about our work too. Can't recommend highly enough.

  17. Review by Paul Turner
    by Paul Turner

    Great guys! Awesome facilities and production!

  18. Review by Jason Mertell
    by Jason Mertell

    I recently had the pleasure of having Steelin Hearts play on a couple of my songs and I could not be happier with how they turned out!
    He is a phenomenal musician, and is second to none when it comes to pedal steel guitar!
    Whether it is a big country session sound or some haunting ambiance you are after, you will not be disappointed! Can not recommend highly enough. Fast turn around and 10/10 communication!
    Check YouTube or his Instagram for further proof of his remarkable skills!

Interview with Steelin Hearts

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

  2. A: Wilco - for their incredibke fusion of styles and craftmanship of their songs. Gram Parsons - to be part of one of the most incredible movements in country music. Vince Gill - as he is one helluva picker, singers and songwriter!

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

  4. A: Always click record on your first listen through! Sometimes that's when you get the best stuff!

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

  6. A: -Film scores -Americana -Traditional country -Pop country

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: My unique sound, comprised of my colorful use of vibrato, heavy strings and wide pallet of influences. My sound is made up of a melting pot of influences and this sets me apart from other Pedal Steel guitarists.

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

  10. A: Co producing the new Charlie Collins album for a subsidiary of Universal in Australia. The creative process of blending country, soul and rock in to a marketable product for a 20-30 year old audience.

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

  12. A: A classical composition with NYC based composer Julian Day. A film score for the Baja Race documentary Many sessions for solo artists and bands

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

  14. A: Trent Williamson, killer harmonica player!

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  16. A: Both for different reasons! Digital in an every day setting as it's so much cheaper and user-friendly but if the budget is there it is hard to go past analog!

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

  18. A: An excellent quality product that will not be matched by any other player. A product with integrity, care and detail.

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

  20. A: The creative outlet it provides and helping other people out with their musical projects

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

  22. A: Why did you start the Pedal Steel Guitar!? I answer, because it's the most hauntingly beautiful sound in the world. The only thing that comes close to it in my opinion is a Hammond organ or really dirty harmonica playing!

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

  24. A: That people think the pedal steel is a sitar, as in it's a guitar you sit down at. Not the Indian instrument.

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

  26. A: Would you like me to play throughout the whole track or just certain sections? What format and quality are you needing? Would you like a dry sound and one with effects?

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

  28. A: Just send me a message with any questions whatsoever! I'm always happy to help out! Just give me a brief description of what you are looking for and I will record that for you.

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

  30. A: Fender Twin Pedal Steel Ibanez Tube Screamer Leslie cabinet Fender Tele

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

  32. A: I've been recording on the Pedal Steel professionally for 7 years.

  33. Q: How would you describe your style?

  34. A: A fusion of many different styles including; -country -americana -21st century classical -film score All embraced in to my own unique sound.

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

  36. A: I bring a lush, fat, warm pure pedal steel sound to any track. With complimentary licks and counter melodies I help bring the recording to the next level

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

  38. A: Record 3 passes over the nominated song. The client is welcome to provide instructions as to what they would like or I can just do my thing on it. You receive the track within 48 hours of me receiving the files via dropbox or your preferred method of file sharing! I'm happy to do up to 3 edits on each track before any additional cost is added to the fee.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Logic X Universal Audio 710 Nuemann TLM 103 AKG c414 Schoeps Mk 41 A range of Classic Fender Amps From 65 Princeton's to Black face twins

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

  42. A: Buddy Emmons, Vince, Gill Gold Star, Frankie Lee, George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Greg Leisz, Paul Franklin, Steve Reich.

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

  44. A: Atmospheric pedal steel sounds, Americana tracks and Traditional sounding country tunes.

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Turnaround time of 72 hr.
1 revisions until extra payment is needed

GenresSounds Like
  • Willie Nelson
  • Vince Gill
  • Gram Parsons
  • Emmylou Harris & N.D. Smart
  • Emmylou Harris & N.D. Smart
Gear Highlights
  • Classic Emmon's Pedal Steels. Fender Valve amps. Exotic and boutique effect pedals
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