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Nashville Cats: Salute to Guitarist Richard Bennett

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 01:30pm

From his early days as a young session guitarist in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Wrecking Crew mainstay Al Casey to his current role as the "other" guitarist in Mark Knopfler's band, Richard Bennett has built a career that has swung wide through pop, rock, and country music history. He spent most of the 1970s and ’80s playing guitar for Neil Diamond before moving to Nashville and becoming a first-call session guitarist for Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris. His guitar work can also be heard on albums by the Bellamy Brothers, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, George Jones, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, and Travis Tritt, He’s produced hit records for Steve Earle and Marty Stuart and recorded several albums of instrumental music, the latest of which is Contrary Cocktail. The interview will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings, and Bennett will perform briefly.

This program takes place in the Museum's Ford Theater and will also be streamed live at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. The live stream is powered by NewTek TriCaster.

After the program, Bennett will sign Hatch Show Print posters commemorating the day.

Contrary Cocktail

Moderne Shellac, 2015

Contrary Cocktail

A hypnotic blend of rhythms, landscapes, tones, colors, styles and moods, with melodies leading the way to certain places that only songs without words can go.

-- Pieta Brown, 2015

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When we arrived in the lobby this afternoon to depart for the airport, there were throngs of fans and tabloid types all crowded round the driveway entrance. Turns out Kylie Minogue is playing in Prague tonight and was leaving the hotel just as we were getting in our own vehicles. She very assuredly and graciously walked up the drive to sign autographs and greet the people. My hat's off to her.

After that bit of excitement we made our way to the airport and a short flight in to Budapest for a standing gig of 7000+ at the Arena tonight. A wonderful audience except for several folks who insisted on using their video cameras throughout the show, something that is now discouraged as it is disruptive to other fans and very distracting to us all on stage. Apart from that we all loved the gig and the great folks who came out for the show.

So long,

Richard