Zena Kay

Pedal Steel Guitar / Dobro

4 Reviews
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Defining The Modern Pedal Steel Guitar.

First off, thank you so much for visiting my page and having an interest in pedal steel guitar on your album. You have made a great choice!

My approach is simple, I want to deliver a recording that will enhance the song in all the right ways. I'm pretty nit-picky and analytical about what I play, and love the process of crafting the right part in the arrangement. It's something I live to do. My playing is guaranteed to be in tune, creative, and serve the song based on what you request, or what you leave me to come up with.

My background has been in electric and classical guitar. I graduated from Purchase College with a degree in classical guitar performance, and have gone on to work in broadway pit orchestras, many types of pop and rock bands, and recording sessions. My focus however, has shifted completely to the steel guitar as my background has prepared me for playing this instrument on a high level. I'm uniquely qualified to play on pop/rock leaning tracks in a way many people are not, and take a bit of a different role if needed. Singer/songwriter, country, americana, indie rock are all huge strengths of mine but open to more 'out there' projects as well.

I record in Ableton at 48000 and will send you high quality mic'd and DI track at around -6db peak for maximum flexibility in your mix.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Allegra Eidinger

    I recently hired Zena to play both pedal steel and guitar on my record. When I say Zena is one of the most talented musicians I know, I mean it will my full heart. They were highly professional, their musical ideas are bright and intuitive, and they delivered a quick result. 10/10 would recommend Zena for all of your pedal steel needs!

  2. Review by Silent Partner

    We sent Zena a number of songs that needed some spicing up and couldn't be happier! Great pedal steel solos, tasteful background ambiance, all well-recorded and done quickly. Since this was done remotely, I expected to go back with revisions/suggestions but everything was so great on the first pass I used it all. Highly recommended!

  3. Review by Emmett Drueding

    I came across Zena while we were both working on a big production for theater concert in downtown Philadelphia. Zena was playing in a different ensemble but when I saw them performing I knew I needed to find a way to get them involved in the project I was working on. Since then, Zena has been a dedicated and innovative member of the band I put together consisting of a variety of great Philly session players. Zena can do it all; the classic country lines, western swing, as well as experimental and adventurous playing if the tune calls for it. Zena would be welcomed addition to any project.

  4. Review by Noah Dreiblatt

    I've collaborated with Zena in a variety of musical situations over the years -- on stages small and large throughout New York and Europe, in rehearsal studios, and remotely in pandemic-times-studio mode. & I can honestly say that Zena is one of the very most skilled, thoughtful, and multifaceted musicians I know. Whether it's a live gig or a studio gig, you can count on Zena to exceed your expectations!

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  • Modded PRO MPA II
  • Top Quality Amp Sim and DI capability
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