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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

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. The performance was recently featured on Radio and Horton holds the distinction of being the only woman to have played lead guitar for Cash. Horton had a 22 year acquaintance with Cash and was a guest at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.[1]


Horton was the first female disk jockey at radio station WCMS-FM in Norfolk, Virginia (6pm to midnight, 6 nights a week) and has acted as concert MC at concerts for Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Hank Williams, Jr. She interviewed Buck Owens and actor Dennis Weaver for feature shows.[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.[3]


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.


  1. ^ The performance can be heard on the archived June 20, 2007 broadcast on Radio
  2. ^ Newspaper articles appeared in the Virginian Pilot, Norfolk, VA and The Times Herald, Newport News, VA regarding Horton's position at WCMS. Copies of the articles are posted on
  3. ^ These recordings appear on the 2005 Norma Jean album, Loneliest Star in Texas released on the Heart of Texas record label.


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