If there's a theme running through CoMu's excellent Nashville Cats series, it's the way session musicians have brought rhythm-and-blues techniques to bear on mainstream country music. Like many of his contemporaries, drummer Eddie Bayers absorbed the lessons of great soul skinsmen such as Al Jackson Jr. and Clyde Stubblefield. A Maryland native, Bayers spent part of his early years in Nashville before settling here in 1973. Switching from piano to drums, he became a much-honored instrumentalist who would go on to lay down the definitive country-disco groove on Dolly Parton's 9 to 5" and support Charlie Rich on the introspective Once a Drifter. Bayers has played innumerable country and pop sessions and continues to make his mark with the likes of Rodney Crowell, with whom he's working on an upcoming project. Today's program will feature an interview session along with a brief master class by Bayers.
Sat., Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m., 2010