NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 29, 2013 - The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns on Saturday, November 16, with a salute to guitarist Mac Gayden. 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.
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, Gayden will sign limited edition, commemorative Hatch Show Print® posters and copies of his new autobiography, The Missing String Theory: A Musician's Uncommon Spiritual Journey, in the Museum Store. (Visit the museum's website for complete admission and signing details.)
Mac Gayden is an innovative musician and a hit songwriter. He is featured on country, pop and R&B recordings by J.J. Cale, Clifford Curry, Bob Dylan, Robert Knight, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, Linda Ronstadt and Porter Wagoner, among others.
McGavock "Mac" Gayden was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. His early musical influence came from black vocal groups performing on street corners. As a teenager, Gayden worked at Ernie's Record Mart, stocking R&B platters, and booked shows for Nashville blues guitarist Arthur Gunter, who wrote "Baby Let's Play House."
In 1961, Gayden joined Charlie McCoy and the Escorts, a versatile group of studio musicians steeped in country, rock and soul. Several musicians in the band, including Gayden, appeared on Bob Dylan's 1966 groundbreaking album Blonde on Blonde and recordings such as the Vogues' "Five o'Clock World" and Joe Simon's "The Chokin' Kind."
While playing a gig with the Escorts, in 1967, Gayden heard singer Robert Knight performing at a fraternity party down the street. Gayden and Buzz Cason wrote and produced "Everlasting Love" for Knight, and Gayden played guitar on the record. The song would later be recorded by Carl Carlton, Gloria Estefan, U2 and numerous others. That same year, Gayden wrote and played guitar on "She Shot a Hole in My Soul" for Clifford Curry.
In the late 1960s, Gayden helped form the band Area Code 615. The group featured a who's who of Nashville studio musicians. The band released their self-titled debut album with Polydor Records. Their second album, A Trip in the Country, earned a Grammy nomination. When the group broke up, Gayden formed Barefoot Jerry with former Area Code 615 bandmates Wayne Moss and Kenny Buttrey, and keyboardist John Harris.
Gayden's work as a studio musician gave him the opportunity to experiment with different methods of playing music. As a guitarist, he is famous for his innovative wah style-in which he uses the pedal in conjunction with a slide to elongate notes. The style is showcased on J.J. Cale's "Crazy Mama" and Gayden's original "Morning Glory."
In addition to playing on other artists' records, Gayden also released several solo albums, including McGavock Gayden, Skyboat, Hymn to the Seeker and Nirvana Blues.
In 2004, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum mounted the exhibit Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970. Gayden was a key figure in the story, and three of his compositions-"Everlasting Love," "She Shot a Hole in My Soul" and the Valentines' "Gotta Get Yourself Together"-appeared on the exhibition's Grammy-winning companion album.
Gayden is president of Wild Child Records. He lives in Nashville and continues to record and produce; he is currently working with his daughter, Oceana Gayden, and the duo Sweetwater Rose. He has also reunited with the Valentines to produce a new album and a documentary about the recording of the album.
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.
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