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Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum To Feature David Hood As Next Nashville Cats Honoree

May 31, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. May 31, 2023 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will feature renowned bassist David Hood in an upcoming program for its in-depth interview series Nashville Cats. The ongoing series highlights musicians and session singers who have played important roles in support of artists in either the recording studio or on concert tours. The program will take place on Saturday, July 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater.

As a member of the famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as “The Swampers”), David Hood has created an unforgettable body of recorded work during his more than 60-year career. His first sessions included the 1960s R&B hits “I’m Your Puppet” by James & Bobby Purify and “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” by Aretha Franklin. Hood became one of the most respected and in-demand studio bassists in R&B, pop and country music. He supplied the famous bass line and catchy solo spot on the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” and lent his groove to classic albums by Country Music Hall of Fame member Willie Nelson (Phases and Stages), Paul Simon (There Goes Rhymin’ Simon) and Traffic (Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory).

While he was based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (where he co-founded Muscle Shoals Sound Studio), Hood also logged considerable session work in Memphis and Nashville. His long list of credits also includes Etta James’s “Tell Mama,” R.B. Greaves’s “Take a Letter Maria,” the Staple Singers’ “Respect Yourself,” Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” and recordings by Solomon Burke, J.J. Cale, Clarence Carter, Glenn Frey, Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Delbert McClinton, Country Music Hall of Fame members the Oak Ridge Boys, Boz Scaggs, Percy Sledge and Tony Joe White. Additionally, Hood has collaborated with the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, fronted by his son, Patterson Hood.

This program will include a brief performance, as well as vintage photos, audio and film clips. After the program, Hood will sign commemorative Hatch Show Print posters.

Nashville Cats is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited, and a program ticket is required for admittance. Visit the museum’s website for more information on the series, including videos of past programs and a full list of honorees.

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