Don Davis

Date: 1983 February 02
Length: 143 min.
Call Number: OHC83


Country musician, publisher, producer, and television personality. Career most active 1940s-1960s. Steel guitarist. Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1945 as a member of Pee Wee King’s band. As a session musician he appeared on over 3,000 recordings. His producing credits include Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Lefty Frizzell.

Interview Summary

1983 February 2
(2 hours, 23 minutes)
Musician and producer Don Davis discusses his career in country music, focusing on his work as a session musician and a producer. Discussion includes working in the recording studio; a description of several recording studios, including an early Owen Bradley studio and the Castle Recording Studio; different producers he worked with, including Fred Rose, Paul Cohen, Don Law, Syd Nathan, and Chet Atkins; examples of his typical session work; his move from musician to independent producer; changes in studio production; experiences working as a producer; and changes in the recording environment.