Country Music Hall of Fame to Spotlight ‘Nashville Cat’ Jim Horn

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is highlighting the career of saxophone/woodwinds player Jim Horn in the latest installment of its “Nashville Cats” series Feb. 25 at the museum’s Ford Theater. Hosted by musician Bill Lloyd, the discussion will feature stories from Horn’s colorful career, including recording in George Harrison’s bathroom, giving saxophone lessons to Garth Brooks, touring with Duane Eddy, and more.

Horn began his career as a teen, recording and touring in the 1950s with rock & roll pioneer Duane Eddy. As a young man in Los Angeles, Horn played hundreds of sessions with legendary session pros the Wrecking Crew, lending his talents to some of the biggest pop hits of all time, including the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” After touring extensively with John Denver, he relocated to Nashville and played on hit records by Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, and Blake Shelton.  

Horn will offer a short performance during the event as well, and his interview is included with museum admission and is free to museum members. Passes are required for admittance, and museum members can reserve program passes in advance by phone or via e-mail at [email protected]countrymusichalloffame.org. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Following the program, Horn will sign a commemorative Hatch Show Print poster, available for purchase in the Museum Store.  

“Nashville Cats” honors master musicians who have played an integral role in Nashville and country music. Recent honorees include Richard Bennett, Duane Eddy, Paul Franklin, Mac Gayden, Steve Gibson, Leon Rhodes, Michael Rhodes, Billy Sanford, Pete Wade, Bill Walker, and Bergen White.

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