The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will spotlight multi-instrumentalist Dan Dugmore and California-based singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon in two of its in-depth interview series “Nashville Cats” and “Poets and Prophets.”
Dugmore will be featured in “Nashville Cats,” which showcases musicians and session singers who have played important roles in support of artists in the recording studio or on tour. DeShannon will be highlighted in “Poets and Prophets,” which features songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music.
Dugmore is one of the world’s premier pedal steel guitarists. After buying his first steel guitar from Sneaky Pete Kleinow of the Flying Burrito Brothers, he became the go-to pedal steel player for Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and other Los Angeles country-rock stars. After relocating to Nashville in 1990, Dugmore infused his sound into hits by Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Patty Loveless and Randy Travis.
The interview will be held on March 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater, and will be moderated by Senior Writer-Editor Michael McCall. Following the program, Dugmore will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters. The interview is offered in support of the museum’s exhibit “Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock,” presented by City National Bank.
DeShannon will make a rare Nashville appearance to discuss her pioneering songwriting career and her country music roots. As a child and teen, she was a country radio performer in Kentucky and Illinois. Last fall, the Sundazed label released Jackie DeShannon – The Sherry Lee Show, a two-album set taken from the 1950s radio broadcasts. DeShannon moved to Los Angeles in 1960 and scored her first major pop hit with Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Her song “When You Walk In The Room” was a huge success for The Searchers during the 1960s, and later Pam Tillis‘ version reached the top five on the country charts. In 1969, DeShannon wrote and recorded the anthem “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.” Also, “Bette Davis Eyes,” a hit for Kim Carnes, won her the 1982 Grammy for Song of the Year.
The program will take place April 6 at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s CMA Theater, and will be moderated by Vice President of Museum Services Michael Gray. The interview will include video clips of DeShannon performing with Country Music Hall of Fame members Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, The Everly Brothers and Willie Nelson. She will also sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters and copies of her new album following the program.
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