|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||jazz jazz piano piano swing piano jazz|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Official Homepage Wikipedia|
27 April 1944, Berkeley, California, USA. Pedersen first heard live country music in the late 50s at festivals in and around the Bay Area. A talented multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar and banjo among other instruments, he formed his own band, the Pine Valley Boys, with which he mostly played bluegrass music. Also in the line-up were Butch Waller and David Nelson. This band relocated to Los Angeles for a spell and Pedersen also spent time in Nashville, Tennessee, where he quickly found work playing with various bands in different facets of country music. These included David Grismans Smokey Grass Boys and the California-based bluegrass duo, Vern And Ray (Vern Williams and Ray Park), and he was also of sufficient skill and stature to deputise for Earl Scruggs and Doug Dillard in their own bands. Returning to California, Pedersen became a sought-after session musician, playing on numerous recording dates for leading lights in country and rock music: Jackson...