News-Nathan East makes debut performance at Grand Ole Opry

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Super bassist teams up with country star Vince Gill for one unforgettable evening

Story by Jon Liebman | August 20, 2014

After thousands of recordings and countless performances with the likes of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder, Nathan East is showing he can play country music too!  Just when you thought he’d done it all, the veteran bassist paired up with country music icon Vince Gill for a special one-night-only performance at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry on August 16.  “It’s a true honor to have an opportunity to play on the Opry stage for the first time,” says Nathan.  “Sharing the experience with my friend Vince Gill and all of the talented musicians in the Grand Ole Opry band makes it even more special.”

Included in the set performed my the duo was the Blind Faith classic, “Can’t Find My Way Home,” which East recorded on his self-titled debut solo album, released by Yamaha Entertainment Group last March.  “Nathan’s played on more than 2,000 records for hundreds of artists of all genres, but this Opry performance is a first,” says Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder and Vice President Chris Gero.  “Thanks to Pete Fisher and the Grand Ole Opry for this special invitation.”

While perhaps best known for his long associations with Clapton, Fourplay, Toto and, more recently Daft Punk, East has also recorded and/or performed with country greats Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dan Seals and Wynonna.

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Nathan acknowledges the crowd at the Grand Ole Opry

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Vince Gill (L) and Nathan East perform together on the Opry stage

Nathan’s solo album, Nathan East, is available here:

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