Producer Playback: An interview with Jimmy Bowen

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April 12, 2014 - Jimmy Bowen produced Reba McEntire’s breakthrough recordings (“How Blue,” “Whoever’s in New England”), one of many ways he forever altered country music during his long tenure as a top record producer and executive. Moving to Nashville from Los Angeles in 1977, Bowen headed a series of record labels: MGM, MCA (twice), Elektra/Asylum, Warner Bros., Universal, Capitol, and Liberty. Each label grew more successful under his leadership. Besides Reba, he produced top hits for John Anderson, Suzy Bogguss, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, and Hank Williams Jr., and he helped guide Garth Brooks’s rise to stardom. Bowen encouraged artists to co-produce their own recordings and pressured Music Row studios to upgrade their equipment and move into the digital age.

Presented in support of the exhibition Reba: All the Women I Am. Included with museum admission.


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