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Aside from playing on hit recordings by other artists, Grady Martin released albums and singles on the Decca label in the 1950s and ‘60s.
This green swivel chair was reserved for Grady Martin when doing session work. No one else was allowed to use it. This chair is currently on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Grady Martin played on recordings by Patsy Cline, Johnny Horton, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins, and many more country artists. He also played on recordings by folk and rock acts including Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald, and Buffy Saint-Marie. Martin is currently featured in the exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City.
In 1979, Grady Martin joined Willie Nelson’s band, remaining there until his retirement in the mid-nineties. Watch and listen as Grady plays “All of Me” with Willie Nelson.