Weldon Myrick was a prolific session musician.
Myrick was a big part of the sound of many Nashville hit makers. He played on Connie Smith’s 1964 breakthrough hit “Once a Day,” and performed on many of her other classic recordings.
Myrick moved to Nashville in 1963 and joined The Po’ Boys, Bill Anderson’s band. He played on such hits as “Bright Lights and Country Music”, “I Love You Drops” and “Eight By Ten”.
Other landmark records featuring Weldon Myrick’s steel sound include Roy Clark’s “Thank God and Greyhound You’re Gone”, Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles”, Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.”, Donna Fargo’s “Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.”, Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochie”, Jessi Colter’s “I’m Not Lisa”, Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am”, Cal Smith’s “Country Bumpkin”, Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make it Through the Night”, and George Strait’s “Right Or Wrong”.
The list of artists he has backed is voluminous. A small sampling includes Roy Acuff, Bobby Bare, Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins, Charlie Rich, Willie Nelson, The Pointer Sisters, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, Ray Charles, Kitty Wells, Porter Wagoner, Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, Cat Stevens, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Wayne Newton, Jimmy Dickens, Jerry Reed, The Everly Brothers, Dan Fogelberg, Lefty Frizzell, Leon Russell, Hank Snow, Tom T. Hall, The Statler Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Mel Tillis, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams Jr., Joan Baez, Roy Orbison and Dwight Yoakam.
Myrick was also a recording artist. He was a member of the country-rock band Area Code 615. As a songwriter, he has been recorded by The Wilburn Brothers, Buddy Holly, and Jean Shepard, among others.
He was ROPE’s Musician of the Year in 1996 and was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1997. He was on the Grand Ole Opry staff band for 32 years and retired in 1998.
Myrick performed at various senior-citizen venues around Nashville and backed Opry stars on WSM radio’s The Midnight Jamboree as well as various benefits.