Jeff Newman (musician)

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Jeff Newman (January 7, 1942 – April 7, 2004) was an American country musician who played the pedal steel guitar. He was a veteran Nashville session player. A devoted teacher and player, Newman also wrote a column for the short-lived specialty magazine Steel Guitarist, appearing on the cover of the September 1979 issue. He is widely regarded as having been the premier instructor of the Pedal Steel Guitar and, together with his wife, Fran, operated the Jeffran College of Pedal Steel Guitar outside Nashville for many years. His "Top Gun" boot camp (one on one instruction for five days) was an exceptional learning experience. His instructional material remains available through Steel Guitars Canada and popular as of this writing (2017). Newman was inducted into the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1999.

Also an enthusiastic pilot, Newman died on April 7, 2004 while trying to land an ultralight aircraft on a private runway near Watertown, Tennessee.


  • Music to Get C6th By; pedal steel instructional record, Jeffran Music, 1969
  • Steelin Feelin; pedal steel instructional record and book, Jeffran Music, 1970?
  • Slidin' Smoke (with dobro player Mike Auldridge), Rounder Records, 1978 [1]
  • Music To Steel By; pedal steel instructional record and book, Jeffran Music, 1969


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