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Gary Miles - After 30 years, I'm home again in Louisiana playing my pedal steel guitar. I was born and raised in Reserve, Louisiana. Taught by my Father, I started playing acoustic guitar at age 8. After high school I moved to California to pursue a career in music. This is where I fell in love with the sound of the pedal steel guitar. Although I love all styles of music, my love for Country music and the sound of the BLUES is what inspires me to continue playing my pedal steel with such passion. I play a MSA 12 string, 5 knee lever & 5 pedal guitar. I have been playing for over 30 years. Most of my professional music career has been in California performing with many West Coast bands.

After recently moving back to Louisiana I formed my own band, The Smoke City Band. I've been performing regularly in New Orleans on Bourbon Street at the Krazy Korner club and several other popular night clubs on Bourbon Street. The House of Blues in New Orleans is yet another club where I have enjoyed playing. Some recent events I have performed at include the NFL Staff Party and the Bayou Fest. I also had a wonderful experience performing in Hawaii at Fast Eddie's where I played traditional Hawaiian music on my pedal steel. I also took the opportunity to do a Canadian tour playing pedal steel.

Some additional talents that I posses include playing other instruments such as Bass guitar, Lead guitar, Keyboards, Harmonica, Accordion, Drums, tenor Saxophone, but I still find my first love to be the Pedal Steel!

For relaxation, I enjoy my daily ritual of practicing the many forms of tai chi.

Please take a moment to sample my music free by clicking on the music catalogue link and enjoy listening. CD's are also available for sale by clicking on the cd store link.

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