“I remember feeling happy in my heart when I first heard a pedal steel”: Meet Pedal Steel Noah, the teenager going viral with country-fied covers of everything from Judas Priest to Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine

Pedal Steel Noah
(Image credit: Lightning Rod Records)

A Texan teen, his shoeless brother and the family dog are making waves over guitar Instagram with the help of some ‘80s and ’90s classics and the timeless, plaintive wail of a pedal steel.

Videos by Austin’s Noah Faulkner see him gliding through the catalogs of Joy Division, the Cure, the Cocteau Twins and others with the Mullen 10-string that gave him his nom-de-plume: Pedal Steel Noah.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.