Master guitarist Pete Wade, whose work has appeared on such classics as Ray Price’s “Crazy Arms” and Charley Pride’s “Mountain of Love,” discusses his six-decade career during this April 16, 2016, program, part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Nashville Cats series.
The Norfolk, Virginia, native came to Nashville in 1954, at age nineteen, and quickly found work in Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price’s band. Over the years, he also toured with Hall of Fame members Kitty Wells, Ferlin Husky, Faron Young, Roger Miller, and Jean Shepard. Wade gradually moved into full-time studio work, contributing fluid fills, stinging electric leads, and steady rhythms to a long list of hit records.
In this interview with the Museum’s Peter Cooper, Pete Wade tells stories about his life on the road, reflects on his years in the studio, and shares the credit for his accomplishments with his fellow musicians.
The program ends with a performance by Wade, who shows off his signature licks on an electric guitar given to him by close friend and Hall of Fame member Grady Martin.
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