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Nashville Cats: Fiddler and Guitarist Kenny Lovelace

Apr 11, 2020

2:00 P.M.–3:30 P.M.

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For more than fifty years, Kenny Lovelace has served as guitarist, fiddler, bandleader, and right-hand man for Jerry Lee Lewis. He has toured the world with the Killer, and when the rock & roll legend decided to make country records, Lovelace added fiddle to superb Nashville recordings, such as Lewis’s “Another Place Another Time,” “What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me),” “She Still Comes Around (to Love What’s Left of Me),” “She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye,” and “Thirty Nine and Holding.” Lovelace was born in 1936, in Cloverdale, near Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Lovelace is related to Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. He played mandolin when he was four and was a regular musical presence at fiddle contests, dances, and parties before joining a country band that morphed into a rock & roll outfit, the Five Jets, when rock & roll grew in popularity.

 

The Five Jets made Bossier City, Louisiana, their home base, and in 1964 they released a Dale Hawkins-produced, rockabilly version of “Sugaree.” Lewis heard Lovelace with the Five Jets at a supper club in Monroe, Louisiana.  “I hired him on the spot,” Lewis recalls. “He’s like a brother to me.” Lovelace has performed with Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, the Rolling Stones, and other legends. He played fiddle on the Oak Ridge Boys’ 1983 hit “Ozark Mountain Jubilee.” Lovelace is friends with history-minded Marty Stuart, who has had Lovelace join him for appearances on TV, in concert, and in the recording studio.

 

This interview will include archival photos, audio, and film clips. Ford Theater. After the program, Lovelace will sign commemorative posters from Hatch Show Print. Presented by SunTrust. 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 countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.

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