Nashville Cats: Salute to Jerry Carrigan

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February 21, 2009 - Jerry Carrigan’s drums were the rhythmic foundation of pop and R&B hits by Tommy Roe, the Tams, and Arthur Alexander before he relocated from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to Nashville in 1965. Carrigan became a mainstay of the Nashville session scene and helped create classic country and pop records, such as Jerry Reed’s “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” Charlie Rich’s “ The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” Kenny Rogers’s “The Gambler,” and Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie.” Carrigan played on sessions with Johnny Cash, John Denver, George Jones, Don McLean, Dolly Parton, Johnny Paycheck, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette, and many more. This interview is illustrated with photos, film footage, and recordings from throughout Carrigan’s career.


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