1 Wheelgrinder 8 months ago From our FB and IG pages today:Remembering a Rockabilly legend today. On this day 17 years ago, December 3rd 2001, we lost one of the greatest guitarists in the history of popular music and one of the all time great Rockabilly guitarists, Grady Martin. Grady, along with Hank Garland, was THE premier session guitarist in Nashville in the 1950s, 60s and 70s and he played on countless classic recordings by everyone from Buddy Holly, Johnny Burnette and Johnny Horton to Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee and Marty Robbins. The Wheelgrinders play a lot of Grady's licks in our live shows when we cover songs like Don Woody's "Barking Up The Wrong Tree" and Johnny Horton's "One Woman Man" and who doesn't love the killer Rockabilly guitar on Johnny Burnette's Rock and Roll Trio sides or Johnny Horton's "I'm Coming Home"? Grady usually played a custom double-neck Bigsby guitar, made by Paul Bigsby but he also played a prototype 1957/58 Gretsch Country Gentleman. Being a Gretsch guy myself I love the clip of Grady playing that Gretsch backing up Judy Carman on the Country Style USA TV show. Thanks for the inspiration Grady!