On The String, Nashville Cat Wayne Moss Reflects on His Cinderella Story
In Episode 61 of The String, Craig H. and producer companion Gina Frary Bacon sit down with iconic Nashville Cat Wayne Moss.
Raised in Charleston WV, Moss was obsessed with music and recording. He made his way to Music City in 1959. He built his studio, Cinderella Sound, in 1961 and by placing it well away from Music Row (it's tucked away in a residential part of Madison TN), he made it a refuge for prominent artists seeking to get in and out of town without being noticed. The Steve Miller Band made records there. Linda Ronstadt made her acclaimed country album Silk Purse there. And it's still in business, the oldest surviving indie studio in the region.
As a newcomer to a booming Music City, Moss put his guitar to work with The Casuals, Nashville's first rock and roll band and the backing ensemble for new star Brenda Lee. Moss's growing web of relationships - Buzz Cason, Charlie McCoy, Norbert Putnam, Mac Gayden and others - put him at the center of the recording scene. He played famous licks and solos for Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels and many others. He formed the bands Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry for an extra dash of creative freedom. Moss talked about his extensive career and his new anthology CD called Collaborations With My Guitar Heroes, featuring music made with Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Mother Maybelle Carter and George Benson among others.