When you think of pedal steel virtuosity, where do you think of? Denmark? Us too!
Maggie Bjorklund is a Danish Pedal Steel player, guitarist, & composer that we fell in love with after seeing her play with Mark Pickerel at SXSW a few years back.
Steeped in Nashville form and tradition, Maggie brings her outsider perspective to the instrument and its possibilities. She stretches it far beyond the constraints of "country," bringing in elements of ethereal pop, psychedelia, European folk, and spaghetti western.
Given that she is unfailingly nice (aren't all Danes?), she has no trouble surrounding herself with talented and sometimes famous people to help with her recordings---folks like Calexico, Mark Lanegan, Rachel Flotard, Jon Auer (the Posies) and more.
Maggie is best known in Europe as a member of the group the Darleens and as a featured player with Lennart Ginman, Miss B. Haven, Nils Skousen and others.
In the U.S. she is known for her work with Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands and as a session player for producers Johnny Sangster and Steve Fisk. She has also toured with X's John Doe and recorded with Exene Cervenka. She is a member of Jack White's all-female band The Peacocks.