Thread: Buddy Cage 1946 – 2020

playallnite - 2/6/2020 at 12:22 AM

Pedal steel guitarist Buddy Cage, known for his membership in the New Riders Of The Purple Sage and several other collaborations, has died at the age of 73. Cage’s death was confirmed by NRPS guitarist Michael Falzarano and the band.

Cage joined the New Riders Of The Purple Sage in 1971, replacing Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia who played pedal steel with the group he co-founded two years earlier in San Francisco with John Dawson. Prior to joining the band, Cage had worked in Toronto with Anne Murray and was on the Festival Express train tour of Canada as a member of Great Speckled Bird along with the Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin and others.

Cage, joined Dawson and fellow guitarist David Nelson, bassist Dave Torbert and Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden in solidifying the New Riders Of The Purple Sage lineup, which in its early stages included Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and bassist Phil Lesh. Cage briefly left the New Riders in 1978, but re-joined the band in 1980 and remained until 1982.

During his initial tenure with the New Riders, Cage also worked regularly as a session musician. His credits include Bob Dylan’s 1974 album Blood On The Tracks, as well as recordings by Brewer & Shipley, Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, David Bromberg and more. Among Cage’s later-career credits include the Zen Tricksters, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, and Ryan Montbleau.

Cage was part of the New Riders Of The Purple Sage lineup that came together in 2006 and featured Nelson, Falzarano, bassist Ronnie Penque and drummer Johnny Markowski. The New Riders Of The Purple Sage are not currently touring at this time.

stormyrider - 2/6/2020 at 03:43 AM

Saw them in the 70s a few times
One of the greats

BIGV - 2/6/2020 at 05:11 AM


The cut that initially turned me onto the New Riders, they opened for some band I caught at Winterland back in the hazy days, but it's all lost in time


ABBDutchFan - 2/6/2020 at 06:23 PM

Saw him live 3 times as a special guest and all 3 shows were excellent and very special to me.

Saw him twice in october 2005 in the Netherlands participating in the Steelin' & Slidin' project celebrating steel and slide guitar. These were in fact the first 3 shows in Europe of The Derek Trucks Band + half a dozen additional steel and slide players among which Sonny Landreth and Buddy Cage. Both nights were mindblowing. Slide heaven!

Also saw him guesting with Gov't Mule in 2008 at the Pre-Jam of Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. Played on "Can't You See" and "Cortez The Killer".

Rest In Peace Buddy!

Uponthe2ndfloor - 2/10/2020 at 12:34 AM

Saw NRPS many times back in the day,including opening for ABB.

Buddy was a great guy.Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times.The best was at a NRPS show at My Fathers Place back in the 80s.I don't even remember who the opening band was,but Buddy came out to watch their show.We hung out chatting for a good portion of it.

Lots of good memories
RIP Buddy

pops42 - 2/13/2020 at 04:40 PM

Saw NRPS in 1977 @ Quinnipiac college with Charlie Daniels as a double bill for 6 bucks!. they put on a great show!. Buddy was great.

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