The Reasons aka Nashville West
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The Reasons aka Nashville West
Here's an article from Billboard magazine: Promo for Paxton single Paxton's studio - 1301 N. Chester
"One hundred and ten miles north of Los Angeles along Route 99, Bakersfield, Calif., is more and more comming to be known as "Little Nashville". Compared to Tennessee's Music City, Bakersfield is a small town. In terms of country music, however, the nickname hardly approximates the magnitude, of the oil town's contribution. Bakersfield is currently the site of one of the most successful guitar factories (Mosrite) in the U.S., two of country music's hottest publishing companies (Blue Book and Owen Publishing), a flourishing country artists' burreau (Omac), at least one top-notch recording studio (Gary Paxton's), a full-time country music station and many clubs and record lables. It is the home of a score of outstanding country and western songwriters and performers, including Merle Haggard, a country chart topper, as well as the man who has been No. 1 for the past five years, Buck Owens.
What Bakersfield has lacked, in the opinion of many music folk, to give in the recognition it deserves, is a professional recording studio comparable to those in nearby Los Angeles.
Until recently, the only studio was one operated by Tumbleweed Turner, a country deejay who has been heard six nights a week on KPMC for years. It was equipped to produce excellent demos and monaural recordings. But now Bakersfield has Gary Paxton, a first-rate engineer and dynamic personality, who has just built a large up-to-date studio in a former bank building on Chester Avenue. Now, many of Bakersfield's artists who had been compelled to travel to Hollywood for record sessions, may find that they have top equipment and engineering savvy right at home. This development could mark the turning point in Bakersfield's desire to shed the "Little Nashville" label and to become known as the Country Music Capital of the West.".
Promo for Paxton single
Paxton's studio - 1301 N. Chester
Nashville West continued to back many Paxton produced artists during 1967-1968, among them, the Gosdin Brothers (whom Clarence had played lead guitar for in 1966) and Gary Paxton. One of Gary's strongest singles, released on Capitol, featured all the members of NASHVILLE WEST prominently. That record was "Mother-In-Law"/"Miles and Cities". Gene played harmonica and drums on the session; Clarence took guitar solos on both sides; Wayne contributed bass and Gib sang background and Gib also wrote the side B. Another Gary Paxton single was "Going through the motions / You got to do the best you can" with the A side being written by Guilbeau/Paxton. It's likely that these 2 singles come from the same session so Gib, Clarence and Gene may also play and sing backing vocals on this second 45.
Note: The Gary Paxton songs with Nashville West "Mother-In-Law" and "Going through the motions" are available on the CD:
- THE HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES feat. GARY PAXTON (Mar 120)|
At least two songs with Nashville West:
Other Gary Paxton solo songs on this CD are: Teen angel/Kansas City/Stop twisting baby/
Alley Oop was a two dab man/Teenage crush/It had to be you/It's my way of loving you/
It's so funny I could cry/We're going back together
Vern & Rex Gosdin
- THE GOSDIN BROTHERS: Sounds of goodbye (Captiol ST 2852 & Big Beat CDWIKD235)|
Produced by Gary Paxton.
with Vern Gosdin, Rex Gosdin, Gib Guilbeau, Clarence White, Gene Parsons
Wayne Moore, Gary Paxton, Kenny Johnson & Dennis Payne
Note: In 2003 British Big Beat label released the "Sounds of goodbye" album with a lot of bonus tracks - unreleased songs, singles etc ..... . For more info (click here)!
Here's a list of singles with Gib Guilbeau, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & Wayne Moore playing and singing as solo artists or musicians.
Note: Gary Paxton's "Bakersfield International Productions - BIP" released 8 singles (BIP 1001 - 1008):
|Singles with Gib Guilbeau, Gene Parsons, Clarence White and Wayne Moore|
- Cajun Gib & Gene: Sweet Susannah/Louisiana rain (BIP 1001)|
- Gosdin Bros.: Hangin' on /Multiple heartaches (BIP 1002)
- Clarence White: Tango for a sad mood/Tuff & stringy (BIP 1003)
- Wayne Moore: Hey Juliana/Rocks in my head (BIP 1004)
- Larry Scott: A little shoe shine boy's Christmas / The teacher (BIP 1005)
- Gosdin Bros.: She still wishes I were you/There must be someone (BIP 1006)
- Cajun Gib & Gene: Sweet Rosie / Your gentle ways of loving me (BIP 1007)
- Clarence White: Grandma Funderbunks music box/Riff raff (BIP 1008)
- Gary Paxton: It's my way (of loving you)/My heart won't let my lips say goodbye (Capitol 5467)
- Gary Paxton: Goin' thru the motions/You've got to do the best you can (Capitol 5707)
- Gary Paxton: Miles and cities/Mother-in-law (Capitol 5975)
- Gosdin Bros.: Sounds of goodbye/The victim (Capitol 2265)
- Gosdin Bros.: Till the end/Louisiana man (Capitol 2412)
- Bruce Oakes: The lineman song / I don't play love (Boomer 1001/1002)
- Bruce Oakes: I'll live today / On pins and needles (Boomer 1003/1004)
- The Sanland Brothers: Red Roses / Vaccination for the blues (Hales H-520)
- Jack Reeves: Not enough of me to go around / Six million teardrops (Riverbottom 3611)
- Bob Jackson: Who is my supposed to be / It's hard to say (Pentacle 105)
Note: BIP 1005 was Larry Scott "A Little Shoe Shine Boy's Christmas / The Teacher". Larry Scott was a DJ (KBBQ, L.A.), it's a novelty record but Gib and The Reasons play or at least sing on it!
Note: Gib said in an interview 1976 that they recorded for two years every day for Gary Paxton's Bakersfield label. They were the "houseband"! There must be much more unreleased or maybe released stuff with Gib, Gene, Clarence and Wayne!!
2003 "Big Beat" label from UK released a Clarence White CD with the title "Tuff & Stringy - Sessions 1966-68". Much of the material is derived from sessions that White and the Reasons - Gene Parsons, Gib Guilbeau and Wayne Moore, aka the legendary Nashville West - worked for Paxton, accompanying local country and pop acts, and tunes that were only ever released on obscure, hard to find independent 45s.
- CLARENCE WHITE: Tuff & Stringy - Sessions 1966-68 (Big Beat CDWIKD 227)|
Re-issue producer Alec Palao.
Gib Guilbeau is singing lead vocals on the unreleased song "She's gone"
and appears as musician on other songs.
Another "Big Beat" release feat. Gib Guilbeau, Clarence White, Gene Parsons and Wayne Moore is the 2004 released "Bakersfield Rebels - Late 1960s gems featuring Clarence White, The Nashville West Band and others".
- BAKERSFIELD REBLES: Late 1960s gems feat. Clarence White, The Nashville West Band and others (Big Beat)|
Re-issue producer Alec Palao.
This CD has an alternate version of "Your Gentle Ways Of Loving Me" by Gib Guilbeau & Gene Parsons
and an unreleased version of "I'll live today" by Gib & The Reasons!
Gib Guilbeau and the Nashville West band appears on others songs too!
Note: The version of "I'll Live Today" (which is credited to Gib & The Reasons) comes from a backing track that Gib Guilbeau, Wayne Moore, Clarence White and Gene Parsons recorded for Paxton in March 1968 and never finished. However, Alec Palao liked it so much that he asked Gib to put a vocal on it - which he kindly did!
The Reasons with Jack Reeves
NASHVILLE WEST also did sessions with Jack Reeves. Jack Reeves remembers:
Note: Jack Reeves released the single with "Nashville West" on a CDR with the title Jack Reeves: The Original Singles 1968-1976.
Jack Reeves about when he met Gib, Wayne, Gene and Clarence and about the musicians on the "Original Singles" CDR:
NASHVILLE WEST also made several attempt at recording on their own. Eddie Tickner, successful manager of the Byrds, the Dillards and later the Flying Burrito Brothers (with partner Jim Dickson) arranged a few sessions for the band which were not released under the name Nashville West.
"We tried making records but we were way ahead of ourselves. We were doing country-rock but we couldn't get nothing happening."
Songs that Gib remembers recording as Nashville West include:
"Clarence, Gene and I decided we should try to do a country record, but make it rock'n'roll. It had never been done before. We got this guy to put up the money and cut a few sides, three or four songs. That was about two years before "The Burritos", and nobody even wanted to listen to it. We'd take it to record companies, they'd say, "That won't sell to rock audiences, and it won't sell to country either. You guys are wasting your time". The Burritos were about ready to form then and we were all set to join them to do country rock. We had all been through that experience and said, "Hey, it doesn't sell, we tried it already. It's not happening. Look, we got the tapes here. We went and did the best we could.........". So we broke up Nashville West. Gene and Clarence went with the Byrds and I went on the road with Linda Ronstadt.".
Some of those recordings were released on albums credited to Rusty Dean (that's Gary Paxton):
|Rusty Dean albums with Gib Guilbeau and Nashville West|
- RUSTY DEAN: Country hits of today (Alshire S-5125)|
Only 4 songs with Nashville West on this album!!!!!!
Songs performed by Gib Guilbeau on lead vocals with Nashville West:
- Your gentle ways of loving me
- Two people
- Workin' on a tug boat
- Miles and cities
- RUSTY DEAN: A country bouquet of hits (Alshire S-5234)
Note: The Rusty Dean album " Wailin' time" has NOT one song with Nasvhille West as background musicians!!!!!
Gib also contributed the songs "Sweet Rosie" & "Two people" (a Cajun Gib and Gene outtake and same version as on the Rusty Dean LP "Country hits of today") to a various artists compilation on Alshire, a triple LP set entitled:
- Various artists: Country & Western songs Vol. 2 (Alshire SF 303)|
Various musicians but with Gib Guilbeau, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Wayne Moore (that's Nashville West) and
Vern and Rex Gosdin, Gary Paxton (aka Rusty Dean), Clyde Beavers and more
Note: The song "Uncommitted man" on the "Country & Western songs Vol. 2" album is Clarence White on lead guitar with Gib Guilbeau maybe playing rhythm guitar and maybe Jim Troxel on drums, Mike Deasy on 12-string and Jerry Scheff on bass. (Basically the same personnel as "I'll Live Today" - released on the CD re-release of the Gosdin Brothers "Sounds of goodbye" album - which was cut at the same session. Dennis Payne recorded the vocals for his version over the same track of "I'll Live Today", wiping Vern's original vocal. Dennis' version can be heard on the Clarence White CD "Tuff & Stringy - Sessions 1966-68") and was originally released as single on (Nashville West 7202)
The original version of "Uncommitted man" was recorded with Vern Gosdin on lead vocals (which is on the "Sounds of goodybe" CD re-release). The same music track was used for the version on the "Country & Western songs Vol. 2" but it's Gary Paxton aka Rusty Dean on lead vocals - it's the same backing track as the Gosdins version, but with added lead guitar.
Note: The Somerset label released the triple Alshire album " Country & Western songs Vol. 2". (Somerset 303).
Note: There is also a triple LP set with the title "Country & Western songs Vol. 1" with songs by Rusty Dean, Gib Guilbeau, Clyde Beavers and others. Track list unknown!?
Note: Most of the Alshire stuff was done in 1969, long
after "The Reasons" had stopped working at Gary's studio, and although Gary did use tracks they had recorded on some of the projects he leased to Alshire (most obviously the "Cajun Country" and "Rusty Dean" albums), things like the Buck Owens and Merl Haggard 'tributes' were done specifically as Alshire projects, i.e. the kind of albums that could be sold in supermarkets, truck stops etc... .
There was also an album released by "Jasico Records" (J 1001) "Bakersfield Big Guitars: Guitar Country" with two instrumental tracks performed by "The Reasons" - "Honk Kong Hillbilly (written by Clarence White & Gene Parsons) and "Last Date" (written by Floyd Cramer). "Honk Kong Hillbilly" was later retitled and became The Byrds "Nashville West"! The backing of "Honky Tonk" is "The Reasons", and does actually have Clarence playing rhythm guitar, but all he is barely audible - all the lead guitars are by Hugh Brockie and Dennis Payne.
Another album released by the "Alshire" label (S-5124) doesn't include Clarence White and The Reasons "Modern Country Friends: Country Politan". The versions of "Tuff & Stringy" (on the "Guitar Country" and "Country Politan" albums) and "Tango For A Sad Mood" (on the "Country Politan" album) are completely different, later recordings to Clarences, and they feature Hugh Brockie and/or Dennis Payne on lead! "Nashville-Detroit Spiritual" on the "Country Politan" album is a much older (circa '65) track of Paxtons originally just called "Detroit Spiritual" that similarly was overdubbed by Brockie and Payne. All of these tracks were overdubbed in the second half of 1968 and 1969, long after Clarence was gone.
There are two more albums released by Alshire that has not Gib Guilbeau, Clarence White or the other guys on it! Those two albums are "Buckaroo (The Bakersfield Five): Tiger by the tail" and "The hit songs of country ladies". Maybe (?) on the song "Buckaroo" Clarence is on the backing track as his version on the Big Beat CD "Tuff & Stringy", but the overdubs are Dennis Payne and Hugh Brockie!!!!
Here is a list of songs with Gib Guilbeau on lead vocals and Gene Parsons, Clarence White & Wayne Moore which were released on record but not under the name Nashville West:
The only record released unter the name Nashville West was a live album, recorded by Gene Parsons with his private two track recorder, released by Sierra in 1979.
|Nashville West album|
- NASHVILLE WEST: Nashville West (SRS 8701)|
with: Gib Guilbeau, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Wayne Moore
re-released by Sierra on CD in 1997 with the addition of 4 bonus tracks (HS67000)
and by UK label Rev-Ola in 2003 (CRREV 23)
Note: In 1987 "Guitar Player" magazine proclaimed the Nashville West album one of the "20 Essential Country Guitar Albums" of all time! Buy this album direct from Sierra Records!
Note: Sierra Records released an unreleased version of the song "Tuff & Stringy" on a CD with the title "Clarence White: White Lightnin'" 2009. This song was recorded by Nashville West with Gib Guilbeau, Clarence White, Gene Parsons & Wayne Moore.
You can order that CD direct from Sierra Records.
During the period 1966 - 1969 Gib recorded a few songs:
|Gib Guilbeau singles|
- GIB GUILBEAU: Home of the blues / Lodi (Strawberry 104)|
with Clarence White, Gene Parsons & Wayne Moore. - Released 1976.
- GIB GUILBEAU: Empty words of love / In the morning (Happy Tiger RR 27447/8)
Note: These tracks later appeared in 1979 on 2 albums wrongly credited to the FLYING
BURRITO BROTHERS: "Burrito Country" & "Flying High". The Strawberry single also appeared on a solo Gib album "Toe tappin' music" in 1978, on a various
artists album called "Country premier" on the Christensen label (AW ???) and
on the Shiloh CD "The best of Shiloh and more, Vol1" (SCD 4093).
Note: The Strawberry single was produced by Gib Guilbeau, Gene Parsons & Clarence White.
Note: The Strawberry single is also available on CD! On the CD "The best of Shiloh and more" on the Gib Guilbeau CD "Classic Guilbeau 1968-1986" released 2001 and on the "Guilbeau & Parsons" CD "Louisiana Rain" released 2002.
Gib produced together with Gene Parsons following two singles:
|Singles produced by Gib Guilbeau and Gene Parsons with Nashville West|
- BRUCE OAKES: The lineman song / I don't play love (Boomer Records 1001/1002)|
Released June 1967.
- BRUCE OAKES: I'll live today / On pins and needles (Boomer Records 1003/1004)
Released March 1968.
Note: "On pins and needles" is also available on the "Guilbeau & Parsons" CD "Louisiana Rain"!
Note: Both singles were released as bonus tracks on the new 2004 released Bruce Oakes CD "Picking with friends" on Boomer Records 102640-1-CD.
The song "I don't play love" was written by Gib Guilbeau.
"The lineman song" features Clarence White on lead guitar, Gene Parsons on drums, Gib and Bruce Oakes on guitars and Wayne Moore on bass. Everyone is singing harmony on the flip side "I don't play love". Also on this single are Vern and Rex Gosdin, they sang harmony!
The song "I'll live today" was also written by Gib Guilbeau.
This single features again Clarence White on lead guitar, Gene Parsons on drums, harmonica and harmony vocals, Gib on guitar and harmony vocals, Bruce Oakes guitars and lead vocals, Wayne Moore on bass and harmony vocals and again Vern and Rex Gosdin doing harmony vocals!
Note: Bruce Oakes owned a bar in Palmdale/California "The King's Lounge". Gib, Clarence, Wayne and Gene Parsons played at this bar and Bruce Oakes joined them on week-ends (also Gram Parsons joined the band).
Gib's backing vocals can be clearly heared on the Wayne Moore single:
|- WAYNE MOORE: Hey Juliana /Rocks in my head (BIP 1004)|
NOTE: "Hey, Juliana", written by Wayne, is partly sung in French adding a Cajun flavor but a rauching sax break in the middle adds some good time rock n' roll feeling.
The side B of the single, "Rocks In My Head", is more straight-ahead country with Clarence White's guitar playing having an organ like-sound.
Note: The song "Louisiana Woman" with John York was released 2002 by "Big Beat" label on the CD "Guilbeau/Parsons: Louisiana Rain".
"Louisiana Woman" was later re-recorded for the first Swampwater album!
Nashville West continued to work mostly in the Palmdale area during the
first half of 1968 until Clarence accepted an offer to join the Byrds in
July. Gene Parsons followed Clarence into the Byrds a short time later and
Nashville West subsequently disbanded. Gib and Wayne remained together and
assembled a new band, The Reasons,which included various musicians from time to time. Eric White (Clarence's brother), Bob Warford, a Clarence White sound-alike, played lead guitar for
the group while Chuck Morgan came in on keyboards and either Dennis Morse or
Stan Pratt played drums. They played rock'n'roll and country. During this period Gib and Wayne developed a regular comedy routine with the group which was apparently well received.
Dennis Morse recalls the skit: "I tell you, Wayne Moore and Gib used to do a comedy skit about this guy Mr.Custer or something, and they had the people rolling on the floor."
Bob Warford remembers playing with Gib: "My playing with Gib was fairly limited - I mainly would go to Palmdale (a drive of about 90 miles each way) and play at the "Jack of Diamonds" club - this was late 60's or very early 70's, and I was still in graduate school, but would still often get home around 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning. Fun playing, but a really difficult schedule to maintain except on weekends.
Dennis Morse played drums for a while, and Eric White played bass. Thad Maxwell was there during the latter part of the time I played with Gib, and several others as well - hard to remember all the players this many years down the line.
If I recorded anything with Gib, it was one session (I do seem to recall one) at "Gold Star Recording" in L.A. - remember the location, but nothing of the material."
Gib's band continued to be a training ground for many aspiring musicians. Freddy Weller, on the recommendation of Clarence White, had already hired Bob Warford in 1969 to tour with him.
Butch Hendrix also played with Gib. Butch remembers: "I worked with Gib a few weeks when I came home from Europe in 1969 but basically we both did about the same thing, lead guitar vocals and front."
Note: Gene Parsons remembers: "Clarence, Gib, Gram and I did some sessions for Eddie Tickner before the Flying Burrito Brothers. We did two or three tunes, and Eddie Tickner still has the tapes."
During the 60's Gib was involved in some singles by singer Eldon Fault. Eldon was a good friend of Gib and Gib worked on just about all of his records.
- ELDON FAULT: Restless mind/Who made the moon shine (Starfire 801)
Produced by Dale Davis
Dale Davis produced another Eldon Fault single earlier but without Gib's involvement. "The wrinkles in dad's brow"/"The city of lost angles" on Reb-Bel 102).
Another single was released by Glenn Records from Palmdale/California that includes Gib as producer and musician. Other musicians are Gene Parsons, Wayne Moore, Darrell Cotton... :
|Eldon Fault single produced and with Gib Guilbeau|
- ELDON FAULT: Welcome home Pow/Living in the lap of luxury (Glenn 4036)
Produced by Gib Guilbeau and Glen Mac Arthur
Gib produced a complete album with Eldon Fault in Nashville during the 80s. Gib's son Ronnie Guilbeau plays on that album and Darrell Cotton sings on a few songs. This albums is only available as a CDR with the title "Storyteller".
Gib about Eldon Fault: Eldon was a great storyteller and I liked his songs.