The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum is highlighting the careers of steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar and fiddler/guitarist Kenny Lovelace for its in-depth interview series Nashville Cats on May 14 and June 18, respectively, in the museum’s Ford Theater.
The ongoing series showcases musicians and session singers who have played important roles in support of artists in the studio and on concert tours.
A dobro and lap steel guitarist, Cashdollar grew up in Woodstock, New York, where she was part of the blues and folk scenes playing with local legends John Herald, Paul Butterfield and Rick Danko and Levon Helm of The Band. After working with Leon Redbone in the late 1980s, she moved to Texas in 1992 to join western swing group Asleep at the Wheel. During her decade with the band, Cashdollar appeared on Austin City Limits, recorded seven albums, won five Grammys, and collaborated with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton.
In 2011, Cashdollar was the first woman to be inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Her latest album, Waltz for Abilene, was released in 2020. Her interview and performance will be illustrated with archival photos, recordings and film clips and is presented in support of the museum’s exhibit Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s.
Born in 1936 near Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Lovelace served as guitarist, fiddler, bandleader and right-hand man for Jerry Lee Lewis for more than 50 years. Lovelace can be heard on Lewis’ Nashville recordings, including “Another Place Another Time,” “What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me),” “She Still Comes Around (To Love What’s Left of Me),” “She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye” and “Thirty Nine and Holding.”
Lovelace has toured the world with Lewis, played fiddle on the Oak Ridge Boys’ 1983 hit “Ozark Mountain Jubilee” and performed with Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, the Rolling Stones and others. He has joined Country Music Hall of Fame member Marty Stuart on television appearances, concert stages and recording dates as well.
Nashville Cats is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and a program ticket is required for admittance.
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