Personalities | Red Steagall | Mainstream Country

(Vocals, songwriter, guitar, b. 1937)

Texas-born Steagall learned to play mandolin and guitar as therapy for his left hand and arm during recovery from polio. Moving to California in 1965, he started songwriting, and Ray Charles recorded his ‘Here We Go Again’, a 1967 US Top 20 hit. Steagall, a rodeo rider and quarter horse breeder as well as playing Texas swing and western music, accumulated 23 country hits between 1972 and 1980 – the biggest was ‘Lone Star Beer And Bob Wills Music’ (1976). He remains a favourite at rodeo fairs and appears regularly at the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada. His 1990s albums on the Warner Western label are helping to keep the old tradition alive.

Styles & Forms | Mainstream Country
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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