Tammy Wynette . . . Vince Gill . . . Jack Ingram
Ray Price . . . Ricky Van Shelton . . . Steve Earle
Jeannie Seely . . . Randy Travis . . . Kennedy-Rose
Vern Gosdin . . . Mary Chapin Carpenter . . . Amy Rigby
David Allan Coe . . . Patty Loveless . . . Jill Sobule
Jack Greene . . . Pam Tillis . . . Bob Woodruff
Razzy Bailey . . . The Judds . . . Ron Sexsmith
Emmylou Harris . . . George McClure
...at Jim Thorpe Theater... [Foto c.Buzz Collins III]
Steel Guitar World Magazine: "It is rocket science. Tommy has chosen themes that show us just how marvelous and varied an instrument the steel guitar can be...with the utmost of taste. A superb technical player. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this one of the best produced efforts for C6th and E9th that I've heard, and I've heard quite a few."
Arts In Review / Tribune Newspapers: "From the chicken squawk guitar picking on "Rocket Science", the opening track, there is no doubt about this boy's country roots. But on most of the ten cuts he lays down some of the sweetest and zippiest Western Swing instrumentals since the country-jazz workouts of Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti. This is lovely music for guitar aficionados, honky tonkers, or anyone who wants to kick up their heels on the dance floor...His chops are superior in every way.
In a slow mode, such as the heartache-inspired "By Morning", his playing just makes you want to drift away into the clouds. Most of his seven original tunes included are up tempo with a "let's get down an' do it" philosophy. Hannum's superb playing receives nimble and stellar support from a tight band."
Guitar Shop: "Plenty of hot session players from Nashville, as this effort from Ricky Van Shelton's chief Pedal Steeler proves. Borrowing from the Speedy West/Hank Garland school of country-jazz musicianship Hannum imbues the music with fiery steel, dobro, and lapsteel breaks, all intermixed with equally ferocious solos from guitarists Darin Favorite and Mike Blasucci."
Music Row: "Dedicated to his quirky calling, in the best cowbop tradition matches hip original instrumentals with recent hits... support this guy every chance you get."
Vintage Guitar: "Tommy Hannum (who's been Ricky Van Shelton's Steel guitarist for several years) has a fine instrumental cassette available. The ten songs on "Not Rocket Science" cover a lot of stylistic territory including pop/country ballads ("Girl All Alone"), big time rockin' blues ("Bluesbacher"), moderate tempo country ("Too Good To Be Blue"), up tempo country ("Rocket Science" and Lonesome Steel Blues") and some terrific swing /jazz numbers ("Air Conditioned","Move", and Favannum"). One of Tommy's main influences is Steel Guitar Hall of Fame Member Buddy Charleton and judging from the fine playing on "Move" and "Favannum", fellow Hall of Famer Buddie Emmons as well. In addition to playing pedal steel on this project Tommy also played lap steel, dobro and acoustic guitar. And he wrote/co-wrote seven of the ten songs. My three favorites on this cassette are the swing /jazz numbers. "Air Conditioned" features some fine playing from Tommy and some cool trumpet work from Rod McGaha. Rod's muted solo is a hip/mellow contrast to the brighter sound of the pedal steel. "Move' features a great solo from Tommy. He effectively blends nifty swooping chords, super single string runs and tasty muted harmonics. Willy Wainwright adds some nice fiddle that gives a cool western swing flavor to a bop classic. "Favannum" some more fine pedal work from Tommy. His solo features some neat voicings and cool chord "hits". Once again Rod McGaha's muted trumpet work adds a very classy touch."