b. South Charleston, West Virginia, February 9, 1938
Wayne Moss’s iconic guitar riffs helped forge the identifiable sounds of country and rock hits.
Inspired by Country Music Hall of Fame members Chet Atkins and Earl Scruggs, Moss was performing in his teens, on radio and in bands in Charleston, West Virginia. Shortly after moving to Nashville at age twenty-one, he befriended fellow musicians Kenny Buttrey and Charlie McCoy. Moss became a founding member of two early Nashville rock bands, the Escorts and the Casuals. He later was a key member of groundbreaking country-rock bands Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry.
As a session guitarist, Moss played on top hits by Patsy Cline, George Hamilton IV, David Houston, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, and Charley Pride. His non-country work included sessions with Joan Baez, the Steve Miller Band, the Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, and soul singer Joe Simon.
Moss also owns Cinderella Sound, a popular Nashville recording studio that has hosted hundreds of master recordings featuring artists such as Jackie DeShannon, Grand Funk Railroad, the James Gang, Tracy Nelson, Mickey Newbury, Miller, and Ronstadt.
Listen to Wayne Moss
Bob Dylan, “I Want You” (Bob Dylan)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Wayne Moss, guitar; Robbie Robertson, guitar; Al Kooper, organ; Henry Strzelecki, bass; Kenny Buttrey, drums.
From the album Blonde on Blonde, 1966. Produced by Bob Johnston at Columbia Studios, Nashville.
Area Code 615, “Just Like a Woman” (Bob Dylan)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Wayne Moss, guitar; Mac Gayden, guitar; Charlie McCoy, harmonica; Buddy Spicher, fiddle; Bobby Thompson, banjo; Weldon Myrick, pedal steel guitar; David Briggs, keyboards; Norbert Putnam, bass; Kenny Buttrey, drums.
From the album Area Code 615, 1969. Produced by Kenny Buttrey, Elliot Mazer, and Area Code 615 at Cinderella Sound Studios, Madison, Tennessee.
Waylon Jennings, “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” (Jimmy Bryant)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Wayne Moss, guitar; Fred Carter Jr., guitar; Charlie McCoy, organ and harmonica; Bobby Dyson, bass; Jerry Carrigan, drums.
From the album Only the Greatest, 1968. Produced by Chet Atkins at RCA Studio B, Nashville.
Roy Orbison, “Oh, Pretty Woman” (Roy Orbison, Bruce Dees)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Wayne Moss, guitar; Billy Sanford, guitar; Jerry Kennedy, guitar; Roy Orbison, twelve-string guitar; Bob Moore, bass.
Single, 1965. Produced by Wesley Rose at Fred Foster Sound Studio, Nashville.
Bobby Bare, “Four Strong Winds” (Ian Tyson)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Wayne Moss, guitar; Jerry Reed, guitar; Charlie McCoy, harmonica; Henry Strzelecki, bass; Willie Ackerman, drums.
Single, 1964. Produced by Chet Atkins at RCA Studio B, Nashville.
Joe Simon, “The Chokin’ Kind” (Harlan Howard)
Among the musicians featured on this recording are Wayne Moss, bass; Charlie McCoy, guitar; Mac Gayden, guitar; Bob Wilson, organ; Kenny Buttrey, drums; Bergen White, horn arrangement.
From the album The Chokin’ Kind, 1969. Produced by John Richbourg at Music City Recorders, Nashville.