Tom Bradshaw

Herb Remington is certainly one of the most outstanding steel guitar stylists in the music field. In 1946, after discharge from military service, he auditioned for a job with Bob Wills' great Texas Playboys band in Los Angeles. Bob was greatly impressed, hired Remington on the spot, and his ensuing four year stint as Wills' steel man was to become on of the most creative and productive periods in the young artists' career.

While with the Texas Playboys, Herb wrote and recorded the now famous intrumental, "Boot Heel Drag". The tune was released by MGM Records on the flip side of Wills' all-time best remembered recording, "Faded Love". After leaving Bob Wills, Herb joined Hank Penny's band, with which he recorded "Remington Ride" in 1949.

After a stint with T. Texas Tyler, Herb settled in Houston, Texas in the 1950's. For many years, Herb and his talented wife, Mel, traveled the length and breadth of the country entertaining in top clubs with their Hawaiian troup,"The Beachcombers." Remington is in great demand today as a studio recording artist, sideman, and band leader.


With PLAYBOYS II, Herb has reassembled some of his outstanding cohorts from his days with Bob Wills when they contributed to the most outstanding collection of hit recordings in Wills' four decades as a band leader.

In 1978, Herb began over-the-counter retail sales of steel guitars. By 1980, he was the nation's Number #1 Sho-Bud retailer. In 1986, Herb started building his own line of non-pedal steel guitars, known the Steelmaster. The photos of these fine guitars found on this website were taken by Herb. Be sure to visit his booth at the International Steel Guitar Convention, held annually in St. Louis.