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Nashville Cat Mac Gayden Takes Hearts Bluff to The Hall of Fame Share Thisi

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L-R: Tyler Sutphen, Ashley Embry, Mac Gayden, Scott Parker, Caryl Parker

Earlier this week, Mac Gayden took the Hearts Bluff team on a special tour of the Dylan, Cash, and The Nashville Cats exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Gayden’s work is featured in several places throughout the exhibit, including a listening booth highlighting some his most notable guitar work.

Mac’s classic hit “Everlasting Love,” first made popular by Robert Knight in 1967 and covered by many artists since, is a beloved part of Hearts Bluff’s extensive catalog. Gayden co-wrote, produced and played guitar on Knight’s recording, which was originally a “throw away song” as he told us; a B-side to a single called “The Weeper.” Before long, “Everlasting Love” was released as an A-side and reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Following its initial success in 1967, the song entered the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 again in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, making it one of only two songs ever to achieve such a feat in four consecutive decades.

Beyond his success with “Everlasting Love,” Gayden carved out his own place in history as a go-to guitarist for sessions throughout the ’60s and ’70s. His licks can be heard on classic albums like Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, Barefoot Jerry‘s Southern Delight, Linda Ronstadt’s Silk Purse, and J.J. Cale’s Naturally, which included the 1972 hit “Crazy Mama” featuring Mac’s distinctive slide guitar sound.

Gayden's Lincoln electric guitar and Gibson Maestro Boomer, a wah-wah pedal. (Played on J.J. Cale's 1972 hit "Crazy Mama")

Gayden’s Lincoln electric guitar and Gibson Maestro Boomer, a wah-wah pedal. (Played on J.J. Cale’s 1972 hit “Crazy Mama”)


As we wandered through the exhibit, Mac enlightened us with stories behind the instruments on display, and shared the inside scoop that didn’t make it on the placards seen by the general public. It was a one-of-a-kind experience that we surely won’t forget! Thanks for giving us the VIP treatment, Mac!