Pioneering female guitarist, Velma Smith, passed away on Thursday.
Smith was one of the very first female session musicians and left her stamp on a long, long list of albums from artists like Willie Nelson, Don Gibson, Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison.
This photo was taken when Velma Smith was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in January 2014. Museum founder, Joe Chambers, gives Smith her medallion with an audience that includes (Late Show bassist) Will Lee, Neil Young, and Alex Orbison to name a few. Roy Orbison was awarded the inaugural Iconic Riff Award for “Oh, Pretty Woman” that same night.
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