Barbara Mandrell Named to Musicians Hall of Fame

Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy Also Among 12 Scheduled for January Induction

Barbara Mandrell, rock legend Peter Frampton, blues pioneer Buddy Guy and Nashville session guitarist Jimmy Capps have been selected for induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville.

They are among 12 musicians who will be honored during a Jan. 28 induction ceremony at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, the new home of the Musicians Hall of Fame. Also set for induction are session musicians Velma Smith, Corki Casey O’Dell and the late Ben Keith, along with singer-guitarist Randy Bachman (the Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive), bassist Will Lee (a member of the CBS Orchestra on Late Show With David Letterman) and the late
Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The late Roy Orbison will be inducted as part of the 2014 Iconic Riff Award for devising and playing the guitar line in his 1964 hit, “Oh, Pretty Woman.” Curb Records founder Mike Curb will be inducted in the non-performing category.

In addition to her success as a recording artist, TV star and entertainer, Mandrell is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. As an instrumentalist, she also plays guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, Dobro, saxophone and accordion.

Capps’ session credits include Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.” Smith, a guitarist who became the first female musician to perform a solo on the NBC network portion of the Grand Ole Opry, performed on recordings by Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Willie Nelson and many others. O’Dell, a Phoenix-based rhythm guitarist during the ’50s, played on several of guitarist Duane Eddy’s classic recordings, including “Rebel Rouser” and “Forty Miles of Bad Road.”

Keith, who died in 2010, came to national prominence after playing on Patsy Cline’s 1961 hit, “I Fall to Pieces,” and later toured and recorded extensively with Neil Young, including the sessions for his Harvest album.

The most recent Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in 2009. The museum reopened in August at the Municipal Auditorium after closing its previous space in 2010 to make room for the Music City Center, a new convention center located in downtown Nashville.

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.