Pedal steel guitar ambassador and motion picture/TV techie Sneaky Pete Kleinow was born on this day in 1934. Here’s one of his iconic performances with the Flying Burrito Brothers, and one of my top ten favorite songs of all time, “Sin City.” It could well have been the national anthem.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.