Travis D. Stimeling is Associate Professor of Musicology at the West Virginia University School of Music, where he also directs the WVU Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands. He is the author of Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Countercultural Sounds of Austin's Progressive Country Scene (OUP, 2011) and The Country Music Reader (OUP, 2015), and edited The Oxford Handbook of Country Music (OUP, 2017).
Travis D. Stimeling's fabulous book is the first to tell us the important history of session musicians during the Nashville Sound era, and it brings our understanding of country music recording history to a whole new level. Anyone interested in the exciting story of how individual musicians helped shape country music should read Nashville Cats. * Leigh H. Edwards, Professor of English at Florida State University, and author of Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music * I have been waiting for this book for years! Studio musicians were (and are) key to musical production and there is no one better to explain their importance than Travis Stimeling. His book will be a great addition to my graduate and undergraduate classes where students will be able to see how intimate moments behind the scenes create public musical expression. * Kristine M. McCusker, Professor, Middle Tennessee State University * Broadly conceived, meticulously researched, and engagingly written, Travis Stimeling's Nashville Cats gives Music City's studio musicians the attention they have long deserved. * John W. Rumble, Senior Historian, Country Music Hall of Fame (R) and Museum * Stimeling's Nashville Cats provides detailed and compelling glimpses of these musicians who were a force in establishing not only the Nashville Sound but also in creating a fluid musical notation system and in helping establish Nashville's country music recording industry. * Henry Carrigan, No Depression *