Jerry McPherson

With a discography spanning 25 years and more than 900 albums, Jerry McPherson is arguably the most in-demand Nashville session guitarist of our time. Wearing his signature black beanie, Jerry has played stages across the globe with Chris Cornell, Faith Hill, Amy Grant, Tim McGraw, and Reba McEntire. Artists across genres and generations have long recognized Jerry’s confidence and hit-making power on guitar. This explains how he’s recorded with country royalty like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn; rock legends like Johnny Van Zandt of Lynyrd Skynyrd; contemporary country stars like Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith and Jake Owen; and modern music moguls like The Civil Wars, Kelly Clarkson, The Lone Bellow and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

Jerry makes ingenious guitar playing look easy. He’s built a stellar reputation on the ability to weave inventive sounds and textures together in a commercially viable way. In 2010, after many classic pieces in his gear collection were destroyed in the devastating Nashville Flood, Jerry had the opportunity to teach his first guitar student, actress Sandra Bullock. A few hours later, she went on stage playing the opening riff to “Smoke on the Water” and brought the house down. Now just imagine what a little time with Jerry could do for you.

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    • GHS strings
    • Vox amplification, along with vintage Fender, Marshall, Boogie, Silvertone amps
    • Duesenberg guitars
    • Gibson, Fender, and PRS guitars
    • Too many pedals to name!

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Charlie Peacock on Jerry

Jerry is my secret sauce and my Swiss Army Knife all rolled into one. There is no musical place we cannot travel together. I’ve tried to stump him – it’s impossible. We’ve done everything together, from experimental jazz to alt country. He is an essential player in the creation of the New Nashville Sound. Not only is his historical/classic musical vocabulary huge, he is always on top of current sounds and gear and busy forecasting next year’s hit guitar textures. I hope you get a chance to record with him, either remotely, or via tracking and overdubs here in Nashville.

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