Personalities | Speedy West | West Coast Scene | Country

(Steel guitar, 1924–2003)

Initially influenced by Earl ‘Joaquin’ Murphy, Wesley Webb West picked up the nickname ‘Speedy’ for his skills as a steel guitarist, playing with Spade Cooley and Hank Penny before joining forces with the equally adroit guitarist Jimmy Bryant (1925–80). Together they claimed the title ‘The Flaming Guitars’. Besides producing dazzling, ‘hard to believe’ recordings, they were session musicians to virtually all on the Capitol roster.

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


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