Ray Edenton

Ray Edenton, a rhythm guitarist who played on more than 10,000 recording sessions, died on September 21, 2022. He was 95. Edenton was born and raised in Mineral, Va. After serving in the Army during World War II, Edenton performed at barn dances and on radio shows before moving to Nashville in 1952. His steady playing style elevated signature hits by Webb Pierce, The Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Roger Miller, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn and more. Although he rarely played lead in the studio, his vibrant guitar solo on Marty Robbins’ “Singing the Blues” confirmed his spot among Nashville’s A-team of session players. Edenton retired in 1991. Recognizing his studio achievements, the Country Music Hall of Fame honored Edenton in its “Nashville Cats” series in 2007.