Nashville Cats: Guitarist Brent Mason

Jul 12, 2020

2:00 P.M.–3:30 P.M.

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One of the most recorded guitarists in history, Brent Mason has created distinctive riffs on more than a thousand Top Ten hits. He has been CMA Musician of the Year twice and ACM Guitarist of the Year a record eleven times. Born in northwestern Ohio, in the small town of Van Wert, Mason taught himself to play guitar at age five. After high school, he moved to Nashville and got a job with the Don Kelley Band, playing at the Stagecoach Lounge near Opryland. Chet Atkins invited Mason to appear on his 1985 album, Stay Tuned, which led to invitations to work with Lee Greenwood, Dan Seals, Randy Travis, and Keith Whitley. Throughout the 1990s, Mason was the busiest studio guitarist in Nashville as country music sales soared. He played on hits by Brooks & Dunn, Glen Campbell, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Aaron Tippin, Steve Wariner, and Trisha Yearwood. In the 2000s, Mason won a Grammy for Country Instrumental of the Year for his work on Brad Paisley’s “Cluster Pluck,” and more recently Mason provided guitar on Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country,” CMA Single of the Year in 2019. Mason has played on hits by Luke Combs, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Young. Mason also has recorded two albums of his own, and he is a record producer (Clay Walker) and a songwriter whose compositions have been recorded by Jim Ed Brown & the Browns, Lee Greenwood, Johnny Mathis, Collin Raye, Billie Joe Spears, Conway Twitty, and Keith Whitley. The interview and performance will be illustrated with archival photos, with audio and with film clips. Mason will sign commemorative posters from Hatch Show Print. 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