Performed With

  • Misty Mountain Boys, 1971-1974
  • J.T. Gray and the Nashville Skyline, 1976-1979, 1981-1984
  • Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys, 1979-1981
  • 16th Avenue, 1985-1988
  • J.T. Gray Band, mid-1980s-2021

Early Influences

  • Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys
  • Porter Wagoner
  • Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys
  • Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys
  • The Country Gentlemen
  • Don Reno, Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-Ups

From the Archives

“It’s still an acoustic bluegrass inn. That’s what it’ll remain and be as long as I am around to do it.”
J. T. Gray, quoted by Dorren Klausnitzer in “A Stop at the Station Inn,” The Tennessean, August 1, 1994.
“Lance LeRoy and I talked about this a lot right after I took over. He manages the Bluegrass Cardinals and . . . we worked out a deal for them to play here on a Wednesday night while they were in town and they packed it. They were the first name group to be formally booked in here . . . since then we’ve had I don’t know who all . . . the place only seats 140 at capacity and at times we’ve had to turn some people away because there wasn’t room to even stand anymore.”
J. T. Gray, quoted by Brett F. Devan in “The Nashville Bluegrass Scene and J. T. Gray’s Station Inn,” Bluegrass Unlimited, October 1982.
“We get a lot of tourists, and if they happen to drop in on a Monday night and don’t realize who’s playing, we tell them, `You can stay a while and if you don’t like what you hear, we’ll give you your money back.’ I don’t remember ever having to give anybody’s money back.”
J. T. Gray, quoted by John Gerome in “Nashville’s Time Jumpers Really Swingin’,” in The Daily News-Journal (Murfreesboro, TN), July 26, 2007.