Paddy Long

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Australian Steel Guitar
Hall of Fame Award 2011


Paddy Long - the Kiwi Steel Man

Paddy started playing 6-string guitar as a 12-year-old, and was introduced to Pedal Steel Guitar in his mid 20's.  Since then he has become a long time professional musician, playing Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro and 6-string Guitar.  He was in TVNZ's That's Country TV show house band for 5 years, playing with such artists as Emmylou Harris, Connie Smith, Dobie Gray, Little Jimmy Dickens, Diana Trask, Tompall and the Glaser Brothers, Dave and Sugar, The Burrito Brothers, Becky Hobbs, Freddy Fender and Stella Parton.  Paddy was also in the Dixie Chicken TV Show house band, numerous TV Specials and Telethons, toured Canada, the US and NZ with Suzanne Prentice and The Roger Fox Big Band for several years.


With The Ranchsliders

On tour in Canada 1986 with Suzanne Prentice

Paddy and Dobro with Eddie Low


Paddy works and tours with the Suzanne Prentice Show, and he is a long-time member of the Huckleberries - the backing band for the annual Norfolk Island Country Music Festival in the South Pacific, and toured NZ with Austin Texas native, Rosie Flores.  He guested at the Texas Steel Guitar Convention 2016, and 2018 in Dallas, Texas.  Has been a regular guest artist at the Australian Steel Guitar Convention in Brisbane since 2006.  Paddy is currently a session musician, and he has played on more than 230 recording sessions in NZ and Australia, including 170 albums, numerous jingles, TV sound tracks and music videos.


Live on the TVNZ That's Country Show
.... playing the Black Shobud Super Pro

With Remedy on New Year's Eve 2019
at The Hornby Working Mens Club

Paddy at a recording session in Brisbane
..... Paddy playing a Red Zum



Paddy - early Days

Paddy with The Electric Cowboys

Paddy - early days



Texas Steel Guitar Convention
in Dallas, Texas
..... Paddy playing a Red Zum

Paddy's Home Studio

Nelson Jazz Festival
with The Cactus Swing Band
..... Paddy playing a Black Zum


  Paddy continues to work regularly as a session-man and as a performing musician, and he has been inducted into the Australian Steel Guitar Hall of Fame (2011).  Plans going forward are to continue improving his playing, technique and musical knowledge - and maybe to take on a little more touring if the opportunities present themselves.