Gayden To Be Honored in CMHOF ‘Nashville Cats’ Series

mac gayden111The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns on Saturday, Nov. 16, with a salute to guitarist Mac Gayden. The 1:30 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

Hosted by Bill Lloyd, the program will include an in-depth, one-on-one interview, along with vintage recordings, photos and film clips from the museum’s Frist Library and Archive. Program passes are required for admittance. Immediately following, Gayden will sign limited edition, commemorative Hatch Show Print® posters and copies of his new autobiography, The Missing String Theory: A Musician’s Uncommon Spiritual Journey, in the Museum Store.

Mac Gayden, a Nashville native, is a musician and a hit songwriter whose work is featured on country, pop and R&B recordings by J.J. Cale, Clifford Curry, Bob Dylan, Robert Knight, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, Linda Ronstadt and Porter Wagoner, among others.

Gayden has released a string of solo albums, including McGavock Gayden, Skyboat, Hymn to the Seeker, and Nirvana Blues.

In 2004, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the exhibit Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970. Gayden was featured in the exhibit; three of his compositions—“Everlasting Love,” “She Shot a Hole in My Soul” and the Valentines’ “Gotta Get Yourself Together”—appeared on the exhibition’s companion album.

Gayden is president of Wild Child Records; he is currently working with artists Oceana Gayden and the duo Sweetwater Rose.


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