Nashville West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

A short-lived but pivotal California-based country outfit, Nashville West included a former member of the Kentucky Colonels, Clarence White (Clarence LeBlanc, 7 June 1944, Lewiston, Maine, USA, d. 14 July 1973, Palmdale, California, USA; guitar), and three ex-members of the Castaways - Wayne Moore (guitar, bass, vocals), Gene Parsons (b. Eugene Victor Parsons, 4 September 1944, Los Angeles, California, USA; drums/vocals) and Gib Guilbeau (b. Floyd Guilbeau, 26 September 1937, Sunset, Louisiana, USA; fiddle/vocals). Popular in Bakersfield and El Monte’s Nashville West club, the quartet’s archive recordings reveal a mixture of contemporary hits (‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’, ‘Ode To Billie Joe’) and country favourites (‘Send Me Back Home’, ‘Sweet Mental Revenge’). The group split up in August 1968 when Parsons and White joined the Byrds. However, the duo paid homage to their former ensemble by including the...

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