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Guitarist Steve Gibson Named As Next Nashville Cat

May 29, 2014 | Posted by CMHOF Staff

Program Will Be June 28 at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum 

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 30, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns on Saturday, June 28, with guitarist Steve Gibson.  The 1:30 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.

Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program will include an in-depth, one-on-one interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and Archive. Seating for the program is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. Immediately following, Gibson will sign limited edition, commemorative Hatch Show Print® posters in the Museum Store. (Visit the museum’s website for complete admission and signing details.)

Adapted from The Encyclopedia of Country Music:

During his years in Nashville as a session guitarist and producer, Steve Gibson has played on some 14,000 recording sessions. He has also produced records for Lynn Anderson, Michael Johnson, Aaron Tippin, McBride & the Ride and Michael Martin Murphey.

Gibson was born July 31, 1952, in Peoria, Illinois. His first recording session was at Golden Voice Studios in Pekin, Illinois, and he was encouraged to develop his talents there. By age 12 he was earning money playing guitar, and at 14 he made his first record. The young picker gained steady session and production experience in Peoria before moving to Nashville in 1972. After working on jingles, Gibson got his big break playing on friend Dave Loggins’ 1974 pop hit “Please Come to Boston”; soon after came sessions with Nashville-recorded pop acts such as Dr. Hook and England Dan & John Ford Coley. Since then, Gibson has contributed to hits by Alabama, Clint Black, George Jones, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap, John Michael Montgomery, Lorrie Morgan, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers George Strait, Randy Travis, Tammy Wynette, Wynonna and many others.

In 2002 he became musical director of the Grand Ole Opry, where he helped to improve technical sound quality of the show and to catalog and digitize its audio archives. His work in television includes musical direction for the CMA Awards and for the PBS production In Performance at the White House, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

Most recently, Gibson played on Milsap’s latest album and on Ray Price’s last record. He lives in Nashville and remains the Opry’s musical director.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.