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File #: RS2021-869    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/26/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 4/6/2021 Final action: 4/6/2021
Title: A resolution honoring the life of Station Inn owner J.T. Gray.
Sponsors: Kathleen Murphy, Freddie OConnell, Jeff Syracuse, Courtney Johnston, Brett Withers, Robert Swope, Tonya Hancock, Burkley Allen, Erin Evans, Sharon Hurt, Bob Nash, Colby Sledge, Emily Benedict, Steve Glover (resigned 3/1/2022), Jonathan Hall, Zulfat Suara, Brandon Taylor, Angie Henderson, John Rutherford
A resolution honoring the life of Station Inn owner J.T. Gray.

WHEREAS, Nashvillian J.T. Gray, a bluegrass singer, guitarist, and owner of The Station Inn located in the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, died on March 20, 2021 at the age of 75; and

WHEREAS, the son of a fiddle player and piano player, J.T. Gray was born in Corinth, Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, Gray moved to Nashville in 1971 to play bluegrass with the Misty Mountain Boys, and went on to play gigs with Vassar Clements, the Sullivan Family, Tom T. Hall, and Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys; and

WHEREAS, J.T. Gray bought The Station Inn in 1981, and, after driving a tour bus during the early years to keep the lights open, successfully made the venue Nashville's unofficial bluegrass hub featuring the world's best bluegrass, classic country, Americana, and roots music; and

WHEREAS, many well-known and emerging bluegrass artists got their start and cultivated their musical careers at The Station Inn including, among others, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Old Crow Medicine Show, the SteelDrivers, Chris Stapleton, and Sturgill Simpson; and

WHEREAS, in 2005, J.T. Gray founded Station Inn Records, with its first release being his own album, "It's About Time", featuring some of Nashville's top session players as backers on a collection of traditional country and bluegrass music; and

WHEREAS, in 2019, J.T. Gray helped the venue establish its innovative streaming platform, Station Inn TV, making it possible for people around the world to experience bluegrass and roots music from the comfort of their living room; and

WHEREAS, amid unprecedented circumstances in 2020, J.T. Gray and Station Inn TV kept the venue's bluegrass tradition alive by affording the opportunity to showcase artists playing to an empty house through their livestreamed shows; and

WHEREAS, the bluegrass music industry honored J.T. Gray in 2020 by inducting him into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame; an...

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