Nashville Cats: Drummer and Percussionist Kenny Malone

Jun 20, 2020

2:00 P.M.–3:30 P.M.

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Kenny Malone grew up in Denver, played music at an early age, and at seventeen enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served fourteen years. As a member of the Naval Academy Band, Malone played at President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration. Later, Malone led the percussion department at the Armed Forces School of Music. After moving to Nashville in 1970, Malone began working with Country Music Hall of Fame member Cowboy Jack Clement. He soon became an in-demand session musician due to his innovative style, often using unusual items to complement the mood for songs, such as turning salt shakers, leather chairs, and pocket change. Malone can be heard on recordings by a range of artists, that includes Country Music Hall of Fame members Bobby Bare, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West, and Don Williams, as well as Ray Charles, Crystal Gayle, Dobie Gray, John Hartford, and Gene Watson. This interview and performance will include archival photos, audio, and film clips. After the program, Malone will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters. Ford Theater. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. Program ticket required. Members reserve tickets here. Non-members reserve tickets here. The program will be streamed live at