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DeVito, Hank

He is a songwriter, photographer and musician who plays every kind of guitar: rhythm, slide, pedal steel etc.

Working in the music industry since the 1960s he became a member of the inventive New York Rock & Roll Ensemble in 1970, which had been put together in the late 1960s by people who had attended the Juilliard School of Music including Michael Kamen and Dorian Rudnytsky.  They were known for using classical instruments for rock music and vice versa and released several albums.

Later he was an original member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band and, later still, an original member of the offshoot band, The Cherry Bombs.  Their line up included Vince Gill and Emory Gordy Jr. and they toured with Rodney Crowell and Roseanne Cash.  They would later reform in 2003 and record an album as the Notorious Cherry Bombs.

He was also a much sought after session musician and over the years he has worked with a diverse range of artists including Hoyt Axton , Arlo Guthrie, Tim Krekel, Nicolette Larson, Ralph McTell, Buck Owens, Ricky Skaggs and George Strait .

The countless album credits to his name include Somewhere Over China by Jimmy Buffett , Southside of Texas by Guy Clark, Some Hearts by The Everly Brothers, Blue Kentucky Girl by Emmylou Harris, Roll Over by New York Rock & Roll Ensemble, Sweethearts of the Rodeo/One Time, One Night by Sweethearts of the Rodeo and Hotter Than July by Stevie Wonder .

As a songwriter his work has been recorded many times and include “Sweet Little Lisa” made famous by Dave Edmunds, “Blue Side of Town” by Patty Loveless and “Queen of Hearts” by Juice Newton.

Here he is playing pedal steel guitar with The Hot Band on Emmylou Harris’s performance of  “Luxury Liner Forty Tons of Steel”…