Some of my favorite albums in the genre include Horizontal by Moodswings, A double CD album of deeply chilled ambiences and quietly anthemic hymns, that pulses on a sea of chirping sequencer patterns, swirling synthesizers and the pedal steel guitar of B.J. Cole. It was an Echoes CD of the Month.
Slider by Bruce Kaphan. Kaphan takes all the beauty of the pedal steel guitar: the plaintive wail, the human vocal quality, the uncanny pitch shifts, then surgically removes the country corn, and sends it across southwestern landscapes and out into space.
Check ‘em out. I’m trying to get that Ambient Americana phrase to catch on, so spread the word. There should be an article about it in the August “guitar” issue of Jazziz Magazine.
I’ll also have a piece on Andreas Vollenweider in there.