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Jimmy Capps

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Grand Ole Opry

HQ Phone: (615) 889-1000

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Grand Ole Opry

2802 Opryland Drive

Nashville, Tennessee 37214

United States

Company Description

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows through December 13 and Wednesday shows through August 10. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opr ... more

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Affiliations

Executive Board Member
Nashville Musicians Association

Position In Executive Board
American Federation of Musicians

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Guitar great Jimmy Capps is one of the chosen few.
For years now, Jimmy has been turning songs he's never heard before into hits...and in some cases even 'classics'.
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As one of Country Music's finest guitar players, Jimmy Capps is a 'master of smoothness'. He is known in the studio for his ability to move flawlessly from electric to acoustic' with a polished and refined touch that he brings to every recording or performance he is a part of.
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Some other incredible recordings you can hear Jimmy on are Conway's "Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night..."Lost In The Feeling"..."Don't Call Him a Cowboy" Dottie West's "Killing Him Softly"...The Oaks' "Elvira" & "Sail Away"...Barbara Mandrells' "Sleeping Single In a Double Bed"...Alan Jackson's Here in The Real World...as well as artists such as Andy Williams...Mac Davis...John Conlee, Janie Frickie...Moe Bandy...Joe Stampley...Billie Jo Spears...Freddie Hart...John Denver...Johnny Paycheck...and all of Ronnie Milsap's recordings through 1988.
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But how did it all start for Jimmy Capps?
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Hayden Ive, a picker friend of Jimmy's, gave up his own guitar and presented it as a gift to Jimmy.
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Jimmy worked in both radio and TV in Florence, SC with a performer named Slim Mims. He moved on to Wilson to work with another Slim (Short), and he played local clubs in Benson in a band called The Tar Heels.
But one audition in 1958 changed his life forever when he became the guitar player for one of country music's all-time greatest duo-teams...The Louvin Brothers.
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Jimmy said that's one of his most cherished moments. Of course his 'Just One Time" has turned into years of history on the hallowed stage.
Jimmy Capps has now been a member of the "Grand Ole Opry Staff Band" since 1967 (although it wasn't officially graced with that title at that point in time).
Jimmy said his guitar heroes were Grady Martin, Chet Atkins, Pete Wade, Billy Sanford, Ray Edenton on rhythm.
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One of the neat studio stories Jimmy tells, is about recording a Christmas album with Conway Twitty.
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I asked Jimmy what he considered his 'finest moments' in the studio. He quickly answered, "My years with Owen Bradley, Billy Sherrill, and Larry Butler. He said "When you left the studio after working with them, you knew you had contributed to a 'puzzle' that these masters would put together and you were a piece of that puzzle."
Jimmy has learned from the master producers the art of song production. He has produced albums on the Wilburn Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Jan Howard, Roy Drusky, David Houston, and Stu Phillips.
Jimmy also produced his own album titled, "Jimmy Capps: His Guitar and Friends Making Memories. Jimmy said he used people on his album he loved to hear sing like Billy Walker, Charlie Louvin, The Osborne Brothers, Porter Wagoner, Jeannie Seeley. Steve Wariner (who played and sang) and The Carol Lee Singers. There are 10 more sides to be released.
Throughout his career, Jimmy Capps has received numerous awards from the "National Academy of Recording Arts & Science". These are awards for 'playing on the most #1 hit recordings'...thus making him a member of the "NARAS Superpickers Band for the years 1978 & 1979. In 1979 he was also voted "Most Valuable Acoustic player".
You've also heard and seen Jimmy play on 20 years of CMA Awards shows with Biill Walker Orchestra...Music City News Awards...People's Coice Awards...The Statler Brothers Show...Yesteryear...Good Ole Nashville Music...The Wilburn Brothers Show...Jim & Jesse syndicated tv Show...Grand Ole Opry Live... Opry Backstage... Country's Family Reunion... and Larry's Country Diner.
Jimmy went home to Benson, NC for a special performance, when he was surprised with and honor few people receive.
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This high honor, along with so many accolades to this accomplished musician, once again demonstrates the caliber of personnel the World Famous Grand Ole Opry provides for you each and every Friday and Saturday night, and you can bet guitar great, Jimmy Capps will be there to hold it all together.
- Be sure to watch Larry's Country Diner and Country's Family Reunion on RFD TV each week, and visit www.jimmycapps.com to purchase Jimmy Capps - His Guitar and Old Friends - Making Memories.
Click the image below for a preview of Larry's Country Diner, featuring:
Jimmy Capps, Larry Black, Keith, Bilbrey, (the hilarious) Nadine, Renae, T. Graham Brown, The Whites, Ed Bruce, James Gregory, Bill Anderson, Gene Watson, Bobby Bare, John Conlee, Larry Gatlin and more!


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Guitar great Jimmy Capps is one of those chosen few.
For years now, Jimmy has been a part of turning songs he's never heard before into hits...and in some cases...even 'classics'.
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As one of Country Music's finest guitar players, Jimmy Capps is a 'master of smoothness'. He is known in the studio for his ability to move flawlessly from 'electric to acoustic' with a polished and refined touch that he brings to every recording or performance he is part of.
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Some other incredible recordings you can hear Jimmy on are George Strait's "Amarillo By Morning" and "Unwound" ... Alan Jackson's "Here In The Real World" ...
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But how did it all start with Jimmy Capps? Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Alice and Tommy Capps, and raised in Benson, NC, Jimmy listened to the Grand Ole Opry since he was 8 years old. He was inspired by his champion fiddle-playing uncle, Lynn Cook, and local guitarist Hayden Ivey. Jimmy was asked recently, "How old were you when you started playing guitar? He said, "12"--then, "How old were you when you started playing and performing on local radio shows?"-- his reply was, "12"! He sang and played on WCKB-Dunn NC, and in 1956 Jimmy worked in both radio and TV in Florence, S.C. with a performer named Slim Mims. He moved on to Wilson to work with another "Slim" (Slim Short), and he played local clubs in Benson in a band called The Tar Heels. But one audition in 1958 changed Jimmy's life forever when he became the guitar player for one of country music's all-time greatest duo-teams ... The Louvin Brothers.
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Jimmy said that's one of his most cherished moments. That was the latter part of 1958 ... of course his 'just one time' has turned into years of history on that hallowed stage. Jimmy Capps has now been a member of the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band since 1967 (although it wasn't officially graced with that title at that point in time). All of the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band was honored on October 11, 1982 when the CMA nominated them for "Instrumental Group Of The Year" Jimmy said his guitar heroes were Grady Martin, Chet Atkins, Pete Wade, Ray Edenton on rhythm, Billy Sandford, Leon Rhodes, and Spider Wilson.
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I asked Jimmy what he considered his 'finest moments' in the studio, to be. He quickly answered, "My years with producers Owen Bradley, Billy Sherrill, and Larry Butler. When you left the studio after working with them, you knew you had contributed to a 'puzzle' these Masters would put together, and you were a piece of that puzzle." Jimmy has learned from the Master Producers the art of song production. He has produced albums on artists such as The Wilburn Brothers, Jan Howard, Jim & Jesse, Roy Drusky, David Houston, and Stu Phillips, to name a few. Throughout his career, Jimmy Capps has received numerous awards from the "National Academy Of Recording Arts & Science". These are awards for playing on the 'Most #1 Hit Recordings' ... thus making him a member of the "NARAS Superpickers Band" for the years 1978 & 1979. In 1979 he was also voted 'Most Valuable Acoustic Player'. You've also heard and seen Jimmy play on 20 years of CMA Awards Shows with the Bill Walker Orchestra ... Music City News Awards ... People's Choice Awards ... The Statler Brothers Show ... Yesteryear ... Good Ole Nashville Music ... The Wilburn Brothers Show ... Jim & Jesse Syndicated TV Show ... Grand Ole Opry Live ... Opry Backstage ... Country's Family Reunion ...and more recently as the guitar playing "Sheriff" on Larry's Country Diner on RFD-TV. Jimmy went home to Benson, N.C. for a special performance, when he was surprised with an honor few people receive.
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Larry's Country Diner | Larry’s Country Diner Cast

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For years now, Jimmy Capps has been a part of turning songs he's never heard before into hits...and in some cases...even 'classics'. As one of Country Music's finest guitar players, Jimmy is a 'master of smoothness'. He is known in the studio for his ability to move flawlessly from 'electric to acoustic' with a polished and refined touch that he brings to every recording or performance he is part of. At one time, Jimmy averaged 520 recording sessions a year, yet he still took time to go to Belmont College to learn his craft even more, studying 'time evaluation' under John Pell. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Alice and Tommy Capps, and raised in Benson, NC, Jimmy listened to the Grand Ole Opry since he was 8 years old. Jimmy Capps has now been a member of the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band since 1967 (although it wasn't officially graced with that title at that point in time).


DeLon, Country Singer/Songwriter, At The Country Music Planet

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Jimmy Capps, on lead guitar, and still a member of the Grand Ole Opry staff band, lends his many skills to DeLon's music, also.


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Over the years, countless guitarists have come to Nashville with as little as $5.00 in their pockets and their guitars slung over their backs in hopes of getting a job and making their dream a reality. Only a chosen few ever made it; especially those whose 'fingerprints' are left on #1 hit recordings. Guitar great Jimmy Capps is one of those chosen few.
Jimmy Capps has now been a member of the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band since 1967 (although it wasn't officially graced with that title at that point in time).

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