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John D Loudermilk Tribute show – Franklin Theatre, Franklin TN

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)
Buddy Greene
Beth Hooker (Don Henley)
Claudia Church
Jimmy Hall (Wet Willy, Allmans)
Becky Hobbs
Deborah Allen
Harry Stinson (Marty Stuart etc)
Tommy Emmanuel (Emmanuel Bros)
Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac)
John McFee (Doobies)
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Lee Roy Parnell
The Whites
Ricky Skaggs
Rodney Crowell

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.

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