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The Players – Video of The Week

The Players – Video of The Week

The Players are Nashville’s supergroup of A-list session players. Furthermore, they are five of the most sought-after studio musicians in the industry! Don’t let “Nashville” lead you to think this is just about country music. But instead like five great musicians who kick ass and play a diverse variety of music. Well, they’re musicians you should get to know a little better if you haven’t already! 

The Players

Eddie Bayers on drums. Establishing himself in Nashville as one of the top studio drummers. Eddie has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Vince Gill, George Strait, Alan Jackson. Along with Steve Winwood, Peter Frampton, Bob Seger, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker. And well the list goes on and on. 

Paul Franklin on pedal steel – He’s the pedal Steel player that steals the show and he has a right to because he’s quite a player! With the likes of  Rhett Akins, John Anderson, Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain, Tracy Byrd, Suzy Bogguss, Deana Carter. Also, Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd, and Clint Dark.  And not merely mastering the metal guitar, but additionally the guitar, the pedal metal guitar, the glide electric guitar, the Dobro, as well as the pedal Dobro. 

John Hobbs on keyboards – renowned keyboardist John Hobbs-who has recorded hits in pop, R&B, and rock as well as in country music-confessed. Also, he doesn’t care about music genres, he tends not to notice borders between musical genres. Early influences came from pop and rock hits.

His first union contract session involves a 1969 recording by pop singer Frankie Laine, and a recording with Kenny Rogers & the First Edition led to Hobbs joining the pop group as a touring member at age nineteen. As well as performing with Albert Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, Dolly Parton. Vince Gill, Smokey Robinson, Joan Baez and more!

The Guys That Keep Things Going

Brent Mason on guitar – It really says something about musicianship when Chet Atkins not only discovers you but also mentors you! Likewise, the Academy of Country Music names him “Guitarist of the Year”12 times in a row and he gets an induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019. Yeah, he’s very good!

Michael Rhodes on bass. We’re sure that you’re pretty familiar with this Ragin Cajun! Growing up in Louisiana, you know that music was always played! Even more, country, as well as the blues. Music was part of his daily life.

He taught himself guitar at a young age and excelled at it. In his teens he earned himself his first gig and eventually made his way to Nashville where he became one of the most – sought after session players in Nashville for a span of over two decades.

Some of the musicians he’s recorded for includes Mark Knopfler, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill as well as Joe Bonamassa. We all can pretty much assume that they all have really great stories!

Players: Live in Nashville

If you’re wondering about this awesome performance where all these guys came together, It’s for a live TV recording for the Nashville Network (TNN) from 1999. Furthermore, the Players release a self-titled album, and these video performances are on a DVD called “Players: Live in Nashville.” Which you can find it on Amazon and other places. Photo: Video Screenshot

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