Debbie Horton

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Debbie Horton is an American guitarist, DJ and songwriter who is the only woman to have ever played lead guitar for Johnny Cash.

Involvement with Johnny Cash[edit]

During a concert near Baltimore, Maryland Johnny Cash had heard that Debbie Horton was there and that she played lead guitar in a similar way to Luther Perkins. During the concert Cash called Horton out of the audience to join him on stage to perform a song with him. Cash sang Big River while Horton played lead guitar. Horton holds the distinction of being the only woman to have played lead guitar for Cash.[1][2]


Horton has written many songs and two of her compositions were recorded by Grand Ole Opry star, Pretty Miss Norma Jean and rockabilly queen, Wanda Jackson.[citation needed]


Presently Debbie Horton is the co-host of a traveling show from Branson, Missouri, featuring a tribute to Johnny Cash. She can be seen regularly on the RFD-TV television show, Midwest Country. On May 27, 2016 Debbie Horton made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Barbara Krolak (October 2008). "Can't get to Branson? Branson comes to Monroe". Monroe Evening News. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  2. ^ The performance can be heard on the archived June 20, 2007 broadcast on Radio