“He said, ‘This is the only lap steel I would go out and play rock and roll with... so this one's for you’”: Cage the Elephant's Nick Bockrath got his lap steel – and some of the best buying advice of his life – from Bob Dylan guitarist Bucky Baxter

Left-Nick Bockrath of Cage The Elephant performs in concert during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 15, 2024 in Manchester, Tennessee; Right- The Watson Twins perform onstage with Bucky Baxter during 'Into The Great Wide Open: A Tom Petty Superjam' at This Tent during day 2 of the 2018 Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival on June 8, 2018 in Manchester, Tennessee
(Image credit: Left-Gary MillerGetty Images; Right-Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images)

Cage The Elephant's Nick Bockrath is known for his diverse portfolio of vintage guitars. However, he recently revealed that one lap steel guitar, a vintage Gibson BR-6 lap steel, belonged to Nashville legend William “Bucky” Baxter, famously a member of Bob Dylan's backing band.

“Bucky Baxter sold this to me, who was my good friends’ dad, and he was my buddy, as well as a mentor, when I first moved to town [Nashville]. And I think it's from the ’30s or ’40s,” says Nick Bockrath in a rig rundown video with Premier Guitar. “He played this thing with Bob Dylan and Steve Earle.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.