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Nashville Session Players

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by TheEmptyCell, May 14, 2018.

  1. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Who are the big names of the Nashville scene?

    I'm looking for players that are country/pop/rock/crossover the equivalents to players like Lee Sklar and Steve Gadd but based in Nashville/ Memphis.

    This is for my dissertation, so criteria for inclusion are that they're still alive and active, as I'll hopefully be doing interviews with them, and have been working consistently since the 1960s or 1970s. Any instrument! not just bass players.

    Thanks, TalkBass!
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  2. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Michael Rhodes (currently touring with Joe Bonamassa).
  3. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    David Hungate (I believe he tours with Vince Gill and Toto as well).
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  4. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Glenn Worf, James Hutch Hutchinson, Dave Pomeroy, and probably a bunch of guys I've never heard of who are way younger than me and can play circles around me......:smug:
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  5. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Johnny Highland, guitar.
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  6. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    And anyone listed on an Allan Jackson record....
  7. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Thanks all. I'm not a country fan, so that's a whole portion of the popular music scene I'm totally ignorant to.
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  8. twinjet

    twinjet What does God need with a starship? Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I don't know a thing about Nashville, except that you'll be missing a ton of players if you pass country musicians over. I'm sure you know it's the capital of country music.
  9. Beetfarm615


    Feb 15, 2017
    I wrote a letter to Glen Worf for a senior project and he wrote me back! I don’t remember how I got his address. This was in the early days of the interwebs.
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  10. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Yeah, my dissertation involves interviews with "session musicians active in the American popular music industry", meaning all genres, so long as these are musicians that have been on commercial releases. Like said, the Sklars and Gadds of the business. I'm leaning on my friends in Nashville to help me ID some of the big names.

    I'm looking at how session musicians have adapted to all of the social, political, economic, and technological changes that the music business has gone through over the decades, since freelancing puts them in a precarious position of needing to keep working as they aren't (usually) collecting royalties.

    Seems like everyone is online now. I've gotten responses through FB, Twitter, IG, and email so far.
  11. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I'll second the Rhodes nod! The guy is a stud, super creative in any environment!
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  12. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Mike Brignardello, bass. Been around for a while in Nashville.
  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    He and Dan Huff (guitarist) also had a Hard Rock band called Giant.
    Anyone else besides me have that album?
    Giant (band) - Wikipedia

    ...and just read/remembered that Alan Pasqua was on keys. Pasqua has played in a few Fusion things (like a later version of The Tony Williams Lifetime).
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  14. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
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  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Mark O'Connor.
    Prodigy on violin & guitar.
    Has also played in the Dregs.

    Check out this album-
    The New Nashville Cats - Wikipedia
    The Link sez O'Connor employed 50+ Nashville studio cats to highlight the instrumental side of the city's studio scene.

    Similar to Sklar would be Willie Weeks.
    He was with Wynonna for a spell.
    I am assuming he is no longer (that) active.
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
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  16. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Weeks is still affecting my credit card bill, besides that Clapton stuff he turned up on the Michael McDonald and Ruthie Foster albums I bought last year.;)
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  17. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Weeks' stint in the Doobs (a live album) is still on my Want List.

    I may still have an old Guitar Player where they feature Weeks and ask about his move to Nashville.
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  18. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    David Hood’s still somewhat active and shows up in Nashville now and again, and is a very nice guy. On guitar, 2 hard-working Nashville icons I know are Marty Stuart and Brad Paisley - both very friendly.
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  19. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    David Hungate
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  20. pjbassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Jimmie Lee Sloas is on hundreds of Nashville records, still very active.
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