Nashville Country Jamboree

Nashville Country Jamboree

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Nashville Country Jamboree

Nashville Country Jamboree were a studio group formed by Johnny Elgin, a producer and songwriter who worked with Spar Records, a Nashville-based label that specialized in budget-priced, soundalike cover versions of popular country and rock & roll hits (primarily sold in grocery stores and discount shops) but also released a certain amount of original material. Elgin and Spar Records didn't skimp on their session musicians, and the Nashville Country Jamboree sessions featured some of the best pickers in town, including David Briggs, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Norbert Putnam, Hank Garland, Floyd Cramer, Wayne Moss, Pete Drake, Charlie McCoy, and Kenny Buttrey. Since they didn't always make their way to conventional record stores, many of the Nashville Country Jamboree releases escaped the notice of discriminating music fans, but Germany's SPV label has collected 20 tunes from the group's catalog for this retrospective release. The album is subtitled "Nashville's First Country-Rock Group," which is most certainly overstating the case; while most of these sides are admirably lively and dominated by upbeat melodies and sharp guitar work, this is hardly rock & roll even by the most liberal definitions of the term. Judging from the photos of the group (most of whom don't appear to have actually performed on the records), Spar was aiming for a more youthful and contemporary approach with their Nashville Country Jamboree records, and a few tunes like "Shove It Up Your Heart," "New City Limits," and "Fifth Wheel" live up to that billing, but old-fashioned country weepers dominate the set list, as well as a few covers that document the group's usual stock in trade (they do particularly well on their version of the Bobby Bare hit "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds"). Nashville Country Jamboree is just good enough to confirm that Elgin's project deserved a more prestigious presentation back in they day and a better reputation all these years later, but this is well short of a lost classic, and certainly not a pioneering moment in the fusion of country and rock.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2011
Label: Yellow
UPC: 0693723330907
catalogNumber: 309022

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nashville Country Jamboree   Primary Artist
Josh Graves   Dobro
Floyd Cramer   Keyboards
Hank Garland   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Mac Gayden   Bass,Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Keyboards
Bobby Russell   Vocals
Jerry Smith   Keyboards
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Jack Eubanks   Bass,Guitar
Buddy Harmon   Drums
Wayne Moss   Bass,Guitar
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Ernie Newton   Bass
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Keyboards
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Bobby Thompson   Banjo
Bergen White   Keyboards
Jimmy Wilkerson   Guitar
Marijohn Wilkin   Vocals
Charlie McCoy   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Trumpet,Keyboards
Bob Moore   Bass
Jerry Foster   Vocals
Chase Webster   Vocals
Ray Eddington   Guitar
Steve Bess   Drums
David Briggs   Keyboards
Johnny Elgin   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Ackerman   Drums
Rusty Thornhill   Vocals
Johnny Singer   Vocals
Charlie Bare   Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy Sherrill   Producer
William Beasley   Producer
Johnny Elgin   Producer
Fred James   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer

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