Sam Norris

Pedal Steel, Mandolin, Guitar

Sam Norris on SoundBetter

No song is complete without pedal steel, and I'm just the guy to help out! Help me expand my experience as a session musician by giving me the opportunity to produce great work for your project!

I am a student at Texas A&M here to pursue my passion and make a little money on the side. I am primarily a pedal steel guitarist, but I can also provide mandolin, guitar, and bass (dobro coming soon). In addition to local work, I have been active on Fiverr, and I would like to migrate to SoundBetter for session work.

I consider myself to be a fairly versatile player, and one who has good vision and can compliment a song without getting in the way. I don't like to play the same old stuff as everyone else, but can stick with familiar sounds when I recognize that they are necessary. Hit me with any and every project- steel is often pigeonholed into country music exclusively, but it has much more to offer, and I love trying things out on alternative, interesting projects.

I am setting prices low while I get started on this new platform and gain credibility. However, you can expect consistent, quality work from me. Drop me a line with what you have in mind, and let's make something awesome!

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Interview with Sam Norris

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I operate out of my apartment bedroom/studio. My guitar is an Excel U12, which runs into my Walker Stereo Steel amp. From there I mic both cabinets separately, and run DI out from the amp to a Focusrite Scarlett.

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

  4. A: My favorite steel player of all time is Sneaky Pete Kleinow, who played with the Flying Burrito Brothers, followed by Randle Currie (Brad Paisley) and Buddy Emmons. These players pushed the envelope of the instrument, and I want to follow in their footsteps in terms of creativity and technical skill.

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

  6. A: Usually clients come to me simply saying they would like steel on a track, and the rest is up to me. I am very used to having little direction and lots of discretion to produce a fitting part for the song. However, instructions are always helpful if a client has a defined vision on what they want from me.

Terms Of Service

I am trying to be as flexible as I can while I expand my services onto this platform. I don't have and hard terms, I just want to ensure that you and I are satisfied with the work I produce.

GenresSounds Like
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Ray LaMontagne
  • Jerry Jeff Walker
Gear Highlights
  • Excel U12 Pedal Steel
  • Walker Stereo Steel amp
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