Separate events will highlight the achievements of renowned studio musicians Jimmy Capps and Bob Babbitt.
Acclaimed guitarist Jimmy Capps will take a seat on Sat., June 16 in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s popular series “Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians.” A first-call session guitarist for over five decades, Capps has contributed to classic hits and contemporary favorites by John Denver, Alan Jackson, George Jones, the Louvin Brothers, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, the Oak Ridge Boys, George Strait and Tammy Wynette.
Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program will include a brief performance and an interview illustrated with vintage recordings, photos and film clips.
The program will be held in the museum’s Ford Theater, and is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. Immediately following, Capps will sign limited edition, commemorative Hatch Show Print posters. Visit the museum’s website for admission and signing details. The program will be streamed live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org.
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Music City, Inc. will unveil its 60th commemorative sidewalk marker when bassist icon Bob Babbitt is inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. Babbitt will join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Steve Winwood for the induction ceremony on Tues., June 5 at 12:30 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville.
Babbitt is most famous for his work as a member of Motown Records’ studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966-1972. The group has received three Grammy Awards and played on hit songs including “My Girl,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Separately, Babbitt contributed bass licks to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder, “Mercy Mercy Me” by Marvin Gaye, and “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
The induction ceremony, which is sponsored by GAC, is free and open to the public. Durango Boot Company and Black River Entertainment are also supporting sponsors of the event.