Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member Duane Eddy Named Next Nashville Cat
Program Set for This Saturday at Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Jan.20, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns this Saturday, Jan. 23, with famed guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member Duane Eddy. The 2 p.m. interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.
Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program is presented in support of the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection. It will include an in-depth interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips as well as a performance by Eddy. Seating for the program is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. Immediately following, Eddy will sign limited edition, commemorative Hatch Show Print posters in the Museum Store.
With his 1958 hit “Rebel Rouser,” Duane Eddy became an early rock & roll guitar hero. “Duane Eddy was the front guy, the first rock & roll guitar god,” said John Fogerty, one of thousands of musicians who credit Eddy as a chief influence. Born in Corning, New York, Eddy moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in his early teens. With help from producer Lee Hazlewood, he developed a signature guitar style, full of twang and bluster, and he recorded hit singles including “Cannonball,” “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” “Because They’re Young” and “(Dance with the) Guitar Man.”
Eddy also embraced country and jazz influences and collaborated with Willie Nelson, George Harrison, Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins, Paul McCartney, and Phil Everly. Eddy’s low-toned, tremulous twang is even echoed in hit songs by others, including Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and Steve Earle’s “Guitar Town.” With millions of records sold worldwide and numerous awards and accolades, including multiple Grammys, to his credit, Eddy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Throughout its six-month run, American Sound and Beauty will be accompanied by public programs, including film screenings, instrument demonstrations, family activities and more. For additional information about the exhibition, visit countrymusichalloffame.org. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #BachmanGretschExhibit.