The Cherokee Cowboys Celebrated at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (4/7/07)

RAY PRICE’S CHEROKEE COWBOYS

Famed country singer and bandleader Ray Price is also among the savviest talent scouts in music history. His Cherokee Cowboys band has been the place where such stars as Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Bush and Darrell McCall developed their skills, helping Price make the 4/4-shuffle rhythm immortal in country circles.

The first edition of the Cherokee Cowboys date back to 1954, when Price formed it by taking the top members of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys and Lefty Frizzell’s Western Cherokees.

This vital band will be celebrated Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the panel discussion “One More Time: Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys” (2 p.m. 222 5th Ave. S, free with museum admission and free to museum members, $17.95 adults, $15.95 ages 55 and older, college students and military, $9.95 6-17, 416-2001).

WSM-AM and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs will moderate the panel that will include six Cherokee Cowboy veterans. They are steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, Jack Evins and Don Helms, singer/rhythm guitarist Van Howard, fiddler Buddy Spicher and guitarist Pete Wade.

Panelists will also sign autographs in the Museum Store following the program, which is presented in conjunction with the exhibit “For The Good Times: The Ray Price Story.”

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