Nashville Cats: Salute to Session Player John Hobbs

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March 10, 2012 - Keyboardist, songwriter, producer, and arranger John Hobbs established himself first on the Los Angeles music scene before beginning to work in Nashville. He moved to Nashville permanently in 1994. His credits include sessions with country greats George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Reba McEntire and with pop stars Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, and Olivia Newton-John, among many others. Hobbs can be heard on numerous hits including George Strait’ s “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind,” Kenny Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down,” and Vince Gill’s “Next Big Thing.” He has been Gill’ s band leader since 2000; he won a 2007 Grammy for coproducing Gill’ s four-CD set, These Days; and he coproduced Gill’s latest, Guitar Slinger. This interview and performance is illustrated with vintage photographs, film footage, and recordings.


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