About Steve Hall

Steve Hall & Shotgun Red

December 1, 1954  –  December 29, 2018   

Shotgun Red is a puppet best known as a co-host for the television talk show Nashville Now, which aired from 1983-1993 on The Nashville Network. Often appearing alongside the show’s host Ralph Emery, Shotgun Red was performed by Steve Hall, a native of Brainerd, Minnesota.

The puppet, best recognized for his large gray mustache and straw cowboy hat, was discovered by Hall in a Minnesota hobby shop in 1980. Hall first used Shotgun Red as the emcee for his band at the time, Southbound ’76. After traveling to Nashville to compete in the final round of The Seagram’s 7 battle of the bands contest, Hall and Shotgun “crashed” Ralph Emery’s local morning TV show. Ralph fell in love with the little puppet and later made him his co-host on Nashville Now.

Shotgun Red went on to appear on the television variety show Hee Haw regularly for ten years and host The Nashville Network‘s music video show Country Clips for six years. He hosted his own television show on RFD TV called the Shotgun Red Variety Show that aired for 4 seasons. He was featured performer for the mid day shows aboard the world famous General Jackson Showboat for over 15 years with his band the Shotgun Red Show along with Miss Sheila. See more about the Shotgun Red Show page for more info.

  • 15 years on the General Jackson Showboat in Nashville, Tennessee

  • 4 Seasons of hosting his own Shotgun Red Variety Show for RFD TV

  •  10 Years on TNN’s Nashville Now with Ralph Emery

  • 8 Years on the show HEE HAW

  • 10 Times nominated Music City News – Country Comedy Act of the year

  • 10 Years as a featured act at The Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre

  • 3 Years as Host of Cooking with Shotgun Red on Youtube

  • Inducted into the Minnesota Musicians Hall of Fame

  • Created Shotgun Red’s Sweet Wine

  • Created Shotgun Red’s Breading Mix