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Wait a Minute

Artist
Herb Pedersen
Year Released
1976

Here is a song that really got me into Herb Pedersen.

Herb’s contribution to mainstream country rock music is widespread and has been absolutely imperative to the success of many artists. His most notable work is with country legend Chris Hillman providing guitar, mandolin and vocals for the 80’s group The Desert Rose Band. He’s also worked with such musicians as Stephen Stills, Emmy Lou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Diamond, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Gram Parsons, John Denver and countless others (see his full credits here). Although his work extends to many popular folk and rock artists as a session musician, he’s actually better known for being an integral member of the California bluegrass scene having played extensively with The Dillards, David Grisman and most recently his own band, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers.

Herb’s ability to sing harmonies in perfect pitch – something that no doubt stems from his bluegrass background – is what makes him the perfect sideman, though his songwriting is just as good as the artists he so often accompanies. His ability to craft memorable, clever, and impeccably arranged songs can be seen in his classic song ‘Wait a Minute.’

The instrumentation includes his signature acoustic guitar work, a banjo, a fiddle, a slide guitar, bass and drums, which combine to make a traditional folk rock song. But what makes this song stand out to me is his lyrical content describing his longing for his girlfriend (or wife) while his band tours the country. Sure, this is a fairly common theme among country artists, but Herb’s hook ‘Wait a Minute’ sums it up like no one else could.