Norbert Putnam, former director of the Delta Music Institute and designer of the DMI Studios, was recently recognized at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as a part of the popular series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians.
The quarterly series honors Nashville musicians. Taking place in the museum’s Ford Theater, the 90-minute program includes a brief performance from Putnam and a one-on-one interview highlighted by vintage recordings, photos and film clips.
“I’m greatly honored to be included with an amazing group of players who have (been a part of Nashville Cats series),” Putnam said.
Putnam’s legacy extended beyond playing his bass to also producing songs and albums out of the Quadrafonic Studio he built with friend David Briggs in 1970.
Among the artists and albums he’s produced, Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” and Dan Fogelberg and Joan Baez’s “The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down” have combined to sell more than 40 million albums.
Putnam’s playing can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Ray Stephens to Henry Mancini to The Porter Sisters and his favorite – Elvis Presley, “who gave it his all” on every recording.
Over a nearly four-year period, the Cats series has recognized musical legends such as bassist Bob Moore and Don Helms, who played steel guitar for Hank Williams.
Putnam’s career is noteworthy because of his impact on the musical scene, from being a studio musician to producing and publishing, said Bill Lloyd, who will host the program that will be kept in archives.
“I enjoy getting to talk shop with these great players like (Putnam),” Lloyd said. “It’s a great way to document their stories as well as do a public program. We try to hit almost all the high points of their career and try to make it fun and informative at the time.”
(Posted from the Jackson Sun)