Don played everywhere from The Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville to top nightclubs and state fairs across America. He was playing a benefit for a sick musician when he heard a voice from behind say "may I borrow your guitar, Mr. Rader?" He turned around to see Johnny Cash smiling at him. Don said "You're Johnny Cash! You don't know who I am!" "I most certainly do," replied Cash. Don was very honored that Johnny borrowed his guitar for a couple of songs for the benefit and treated Don as a friend and an equal.
Hank Williams, The Carter Family.
Epiphone EJ200 acoustic guitar, Campbell "Don Rader Model" electric guitar.
to read Don Rader's obituary in the Oakland Press; written by rock writer Gary Graff. to read Don Rader's obituary in the Detroit Free Press.