Where “Sacred Steel” guitar music is concerned, it all begins with the groove.
Steel guitar, played in a funky, bluesy, vocal style that is almost nothing like country music, gets the spotlight. But practically everyone who comes to that instrument starts out playing drums on Sundays at House of God Church Keith Dominion congregations.
The Campbell Brothers, who play Jefferson Center on Friday night, are a solid example. Pedal steel player Chuck Campbell, 55, started out on drums, even playing the church’s national convocation one year. His lap steel-playing brother, Darick, 46, was the most talented drummer in the family, according to brother Phil Campbell, 50, the band’s guitarist.
“The value of starting out on drums, it gives you that rhythmic foundation that says, you know, everything builds from there,” Phil Campbell said by phone on Monday from the band’s home base in the Rochester, N.Y., area. “I think that’s one of the things that helps make our music be so vibrant and something that truly can be improvised around, because you have that solid rhythmic foundation to build on that allows you to explore and do different things with the music.”
Streaming music: “Frammin’” and “No Mo’ One Mo’”.