Country Music Hall of Fame


Nashville Cats: Salute to Pedal Steel Guitarist Sonny Garrish

Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 02:00pm

While still a young man, pedal-steel guitarist Sonny Garrish went from playing local weekend gigs to working in road bands to rating as one of Nashville’s first-call studio musicians. Garrish got his start in music when he was seven, singing in his family’s band, the Westerners. His father helped advance Garrish’s career by paying a door-to-door music salesman for pedal-steel lessons. Eventually, Garrish ended up playing at the Hunter’s Lodge in Fairfax, Virginia, which is where started playing shows with Bill Anderson’s Po Boys. By the 1980s, Garrish had become a top level session steel guitarist, playing on records by Glen Campbell, the Judds, B.B. King, Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw. He was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2014. The interview will include photos, audio clips, and videos from Garrish’s career. After the program Garrish will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters. Ford Theater. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Limited seating. Program pass required. The program will be streamed live at


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