- Oct 13, 2006
- A steel guitar engagment.
In the most recent edition of Fretboard Journal John Sebastian tells how "Nashville Cats" came about. He said that the Spoonful played a gig in Nashville and afterward they went to the basement bar in the Holiday Inn where they were staying. After a while he describes a "really rough looking" guy showing up with a Tele w/no case and a beat up Super Reverb. Guy drags the amp to a corner with plywood on the floor and starts playing totally blowing them away. Played a bit, packed up and left.
Anyway, the guy left without saying anything but they found out a year and a half later that it was a 19 year old Danny Gatton and his playing that night inspired "Nashville Cats" which he wrote 2 weeks after seeing him that night. He said Gatton started out playing exactly like Chet Atkins and gradually morphed into what they called Hillbilly Jazz totally blowing all of them away.