Poets and Prophets: Salute to Billy Edd Wheeler

October 18, 2014
Legendary songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler made a rare Nashville appearance to discuss his career and perform briefly. The program was illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated Artober Nashville.

West Virginia-born and Yale-educated, Billy Edd Wheeler was elected in 2000 to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His many masterful compositions include “Coward of the County” (Kenny Rogers); “Jackson” (Johnny Cash and June Carter); “It’s Midnight” (Elvis Presley); and “Gimme Back My Blues” (Jerry Reed). Wheeler scored one major hit of his own with the novelty number “Ode to the Little Brown Shack out Back” (#3, 1964–65).