A marketing concept of ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith and pedal steel guitarist and producer Al Perkins, the anticipated release of an all-star album by a group called Pacific Steel Co. created a buzz; an ever-expanding audience of pedal steel guitar fanatics anticipated some kind of super jam with five of the very best players locking bars, tangling the very legs of their instruments. The whole thing was an elaborate lie, the resulting album consisting simply of a collection of essentially compilation tracks never really featuring any one particular band, the five pedal steel super heroes never coming together to play in any kind of real collaboration. The closest the sessions came to this was when two of the featured pedal steel players, Jay Dee Maness and Tom Brumley, agreed to use an identical backup band. A host of session players including guitarists Al Casey and Billy Joe Walker and some of the pedal steel men's regular sidemen were incorporated into the make-up of the non-group group in order to realize the final program of tracks; basically two tunes written by and featuring each pedal steel player and his backup, with the exception of Red Rhodes, who loses one of the writing credits so that a cover version of Michael Nesmith's tune "Rio" can be presented. Whether or not the fact that Pacific Steel Co.'s only album came out on Nesmith's Pacific Arts label affected this repertoire decision is up for speculation, but cynics can sing "I'm a Believer." Collectively, the membership encompassed a large flank of the nation's pedal steel talent, representing several generations and styles of players, each of them strong individualists and innovators. It would have been something wonderful if these players had actually gotten together and done something, but as they like to say in Nashville, "it nevuh happ'n'd." ~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi