24 March: John D Loudermilk Tribute show Ð Franklin Theatre, Franklin TN
John Jorgenson called me and asked if I would consider playing on a show he was organizing (with his wife, Dixie Gamble) as a tribute to the songwriting talents of John D Loudermilk. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Loudermilk). John “D” is a legend in this town, and the roster is a “who’s-Who” of Nashville Music. SO it was a bit of a “no-brainer” for me!
The backing band alone comprised some heavyweights:
John McFee (Doobies: guitars pedal steel etc)
John Jorgenson (guitars, keys etc)
Mark Fain (bass), and myself, were the main core.
Some of the artists we accompanied:
Herb Pederson (Desert Rose Band)
John Cowan (New Grass Revival)
Beth Hooker (Don Henley)
Jimmy Hall (Wet Willy, Allmans)
Harry Stinson (Marty Stuart etc)
Tommy Emmanuel (Emmanuel Bros)
Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac)
John McFee (Doobies)
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Lee Roy Parnell
There is a PBS film being made about the show, and it was all recorded on multi-track. John Jorgenson is in the process of mixing it. Sadly John “D” passed in September 2016, so this was as timely as it possibly could have been.