Nashville Cats!

Trivia by Dick Bowden

Flatt & Scruggs made a good record of “Nashville Cats” in 1967. It was a minor hit on the country and folk charts.

The Del McCoury Band made a record of “Nashville Cats’ in 1998. It was quite a hit in the bluegrass charts. (There were no bluegrass charts in Flatt & Scruggs’ days.) Del still performs the song in most of his concerts. SiriusXM also plays the song by both Flatt & Scruggs and Del McCoury occasionally.

The original writer/performer of “Nashville Cats” was not a bluegrasser. He was not even a Nashville country musician, really. He was a “folk-rock singer”. In his 1966 recording of the song he marveled about how all the Nashville pickers and singers could get work very easily, almost in the childhood. Much more easily than folk singers like himself.


Who wrote, and made the first record of “Nashville Cats”? It was a “reverse crossover”, perhaps…
A. John Sebastian
B. Dr. Hook
C. Donovan
D. Jerry Jeff Walker
E. Bob Dylan


Answers due by noon on Thursday preceding the publication of the HVBA newsletter. The answer and winner(s) will appear here after contest is closed.


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Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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