Tag Archives: Nashville Players
The acclaimed session guitarist Brent Mason is one of the most recorded six-stringers of all time. Proof of his ubiquity: Mason’s been named Guitarist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music a staggering 12 times, he’s a two-time winner of the CMA Musician of the Year award, and—really raising the bar on the heights a studio musician can reach—he earned his own signature model guitar. Gibson debuted its Valley Arts signature Brent Mason guitar in 2003. The best-selling guitar is a replica of Mason’s… Read More
Nashville Players: Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow & Friends – 2009 Crossroads Guitar Festival – “Tulsa Time”
Sure, he’s a famous country frontman now, but Vince Gill got his start as a backing guitarist for Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell. Gill became renowned in his own right during the 1970s as frontman for country rock band Pure Prairie League and then as a solo artist beginning in 1983 (the same year that the Norman, Oklahoma native moved to Nashville). These days, the 54-year-old has sold upwards of 22 million albums and has 18 CMA Awards and 20 Grammy Awards to his name. This… Read More
Some guitarists just have it all. Brad Paisley, for one. The guy has figured out how to juggle his unabashed guitar geekiness with his enormous commercial success as a mainstream country star. Paisley moved to Nashville in 1993 with a full scholarship to attend Belmont University‘s music business program. Within a week of graduating college, he inked his first songwriting contract. Today, the prolific artist has almost released an album every year since his first in 1999.
Paisley rolled the dice big-time… Read More
Jack Pearson is Nashville royalty—and not just because he played alongside Dickey Betts from 1997 – 1999 as part of the Allman Brothers Band. Pearson’s also put his head together on projects with Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett, Lee Roy Parnell, Faith Hill and Delbert McClinton. This world-class guitarist, born… Read More