Nashville is packed with session players who have earned the right to carry the same wallet as Samuel L. Jackson's Jules in Pulp Fiction, and this weekend is your chance to rub elbows with one of the best. Prolific songwriter and session guitarist Mac Gayden will be at Howlin' Books (inside Grimey's Too) on Saturday, signing copies of his hot-off-the-presses autobiography, Missing String Theory: A Musician's Uncommon Spiritual Journey. Recently recognized by the Country Music Hall of Fame in their Nashville Cats Q&A series, Gayden is familiar to soul fans as co-writer of "Everlasting Love," a hit for Nashville singer Robert Knight in the summer of 1967 (the version above, not to be confused with that one). Bearing the imprint of Rising Sons records, a label operated by Nashville's Buzz Cason and Fred Foster, the single reached No. 13 on Billboard's Hot 100, indicating the strength of Nashville's R&B muscle at the time; the song was among three Gayden-penned tracks included on the CMHOF's goldmine Night Train to Nashville compilation. (A cover of "Everlasting Love" by Love Affair also shot to No. 1 in the soul-crazed U.K. in 1968. We'll wait while you karaoke that.)
Others will know Gayden as one of the dual lead guitarists from session-cat supergroup Area Code 615 (if you're not familiar, you'll thank yourself for getting with it) and subsequent venture Barefoot Jerry. Yet others will recognize his distinctive slide-wah guitar handiwork all over J.J. Cale's records. In any case, Gayden's one bad dude who can probably outplay just about anyone.
The signing event kicks off at 2:30 p.m., and it's free and open to the public. For those who hang around until 5 p.m., aka BEER:30, Chris Crofton and the Alcohol Stuntband will be over in Grimey's proper, ready to celebrate the release of THELEMA! once and for all.