Mar 27, 2015 - Feb 18, 2018

The Nashville Cats: Weldon Myrick, Charlie Daniels, Grady Martin, and Ben Keith

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Nashville Cats
Both part and product of the dynamic Nashville music scene of the late 1960s, the Nashville Cats exhibited a multitude of talents. Their ranks ranged from veteran guitar pickers and Grand Ole Opry legends to pioneer multi-instrumentalists and Muscle Shoals rhythm players. Starting with the easy-going and creative sessions for Bob Dylan's Nashville albums, the Nashville Cats went on to work with a vast cross-section of the recording industry. The Cats' prowess and efficiency revived Nashville as an in-demand music hub, and the hits they played on defined the country and rock genres for many years afterward. 
Weldon Myrick
Weldon Myrick was one of country music's most admired and influential steel guitarists, playing as a member of the Grand Ole Opry band for 32 years, and gracing recordings by George Jones, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Elvis Presley, and many others. 
Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels arrived in Nashville in 1967 at the urging of producer Bob Johnston, who also was responsible for bringing Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to Music City.

In the early 1960s, before he became an in-demand Nashville session player, Charlie Daniels fronted The Jaguars. Notice his name emblazoned on the fretboard of his guitar.

Grady Martin
Grady Martin's versatility and creativity as a guitarist appealed to younger rockers and singer-songwriters who came to Nashville at a time when increased recording activity broadened the pool of musicians working on Music Row.
Ben Keith
Ben Keith first recorded with Neil Young on the landmark album Harvest in 1971. He would record and tour with Young for the rest of his life.

Fringe leather jacket with Neil Young's Broken Arrow Ranch logo, worn by Ben Keith.

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