Autographed CD - Scotty Moore &
Friends: Then and Now
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Guitar: Scotty Moore, Nick Nixon (tracks 5, 9, 10), Thom Bresh, Mike
Eldred, Johnny Jones, Dave Kirby
Bass: Lightnin' Chance (track 1), Bill Black (track 2), Pete Pritchard
(tracks 7, 8, 11), Billy Cox, Brotherman Gary Branchaud, Joe Allen (3,4)
Vocals: Willie Rainsford, Tracy Nelson, Nick Nixon, Billy Swan,
Drums: DJ Fontana, Fred Satterfield, Jerry Arnold
Keyboards: Steve Shepherd, Willie Rainsford
Sax: Ace Cannon, Boots Randolph
Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick
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"Smokie Part II"
"Over 50 Blues"
"There's Always Me"
"No End To The Blues"
"You Don't Know Me"
"Southern Fried Pickin'"
Well. every song on this CD has a story. The entire CD
covers recordings from the late 1950s to December 2004.
Matchbox - This has been one of Scotty's favorite recordings
since it was done at Monument Studio in the early '70s. Willie Rainsford
was on piano and vocals, Scotty on guitar, Our dear Lightnin' Chance on
bass, DJ Fontana on drums. The engineer was Mort Thomasson... that's a
whole book by itself! It has never been on one of Scotty's records
before, but was released without his permission in the late '70s. He
says. "Carl wrote it, but Willie stuck the fork into it...a big tribute
to Carl Perkins."
The Gambler - There was a lady in Memphis named Sharri Paulus who
had Scotty record the songs she wrote as instrumentals. They were put on
records and sent to people who were interested in singing them, along
with a set of Lyrics...almost the first sing-along tracks! This was
recorded at Fernwood studio in Memphis while Elvis was in the Army
(1958-1960). Scotty was on guitar, his dear friend Bill Black was on
bass, Ace Cannon on sax, Jerry Arnold on drums and Scotty does not
remember who was on piano. These demos for the lady resulted in Bill's
inspiration which led to the Bill Black
Combo. Thanks for the permission
to use this, Mrs. Paulus.
Smokie Part II - This song was recorded at Music City Recorders
around 1970 and was one of the songs released without Scotty's
permission. Everyone of a certain age remembers this one...back when we
loved instrumentals...I still do! Musicians were Scotty and Dave Kirby
on guitars, Joe Allen on bass, Willie Rainsford on piano, Weldon Myrick
on steel and DJ Fontana on drums.
Raunchy - This is the third and last of the songs released
without permission. It's also from the early 1970s, Music City
Recorders, and the same cast as Smokie Part II. Those of us who remember
this remember Bill Justis playing lead on a horn, but in this one Scotty
did on guitar and Joe on bass.
Over 50 Blues - This was written, sung, engineered and produced
by our good friend James "Nick" Nixon. He asked Scotty to play one of
the guitar solos on it along with another old friend, Johnny Jones.
Scotty, nick and Johnny had a great time recording their parts at Nick's
studio, I know because I was pouring the Johnny Walker Red! Nick would
not let anyone play on this who was under 50. Along with these three the
others included Billy Cox from Band of Gypsies with Hoss Allen talking
over the whole production. This was cut in 1995 and its a jewel!
Bresh Fire - For a lot of years Scotty has admired Thom Bresh. He
is the son of Merle Travis and he has taken the wonderful stuff his
father invented and just kept on going! This particular cut was
something Scotty wrote in admiration. Scotty plays the intro, then it
goes to Bresh, then to Gary Burnett and then our good friend from
Fender, Mike Eldred. Bass is played by Brotherman Gary Branchaud, piano
by Willie Rainsford, organ by Steve Shepherd and drums by Fred
Satterfield. It was cut at Scotty's Blueberry Hill Studio and it was
just a big party! This was done during the
NAMM show of 2002 after we
all met down there and came back to Scotty's house.
Reconsider Baby - This is apparently one of Scotty's favorite
songs, as this is the fourth version with him playing guitar that has
been released. The first was with Elvis. The second was with Willie
Rainsford and appears on the "Moore Feel Good" album. This version was
actually the third time. Scotty has played with quite a few of his good
friends in Memphis a couple of times on shows put on by Darwin Lamm
called "The Legends". Each
time Billy Swan and Boots Randolph have done this song and they do it
perfectly! When our dear Pete Pritchard was visiting from London in
September of 2004, he wanted us to do a session at Scotty's place
because he loves the all-at-once recording and atmosphere. It was just a
month after the last Legends show and Scotty asked Billy and Boots if
they would come over and do this one. They both came and its one of the
best on the CD! Billy on vocals, Boots on sax, Scotty on guitar,
Pete on bass, Steve Shepherd and Willie Rainsford on keyboards and Fred
Satterfield on drums (Scotty loves Fred on drums...he can just exactly
fit the song on anything the guys want to play). The last time was in
London the following December with his English band and Paul Ansell
singing. That one was for a DVD/TV show to be released.
There's Always Me - This turned out to be a bonus for us all.
This was recorded right after "Reconsider Baby". The first cut went down
so easy and Boots was feeling the groove so he came up with this,
another Elvis song from the Legends show. Billy did not do this one on
the previous show, did not know the words, so he suggested they do it as
an instrumental. They did it to a turn! Same personnel as above, except
no Billy Swan. Boots was smokin'!
No End To The Blues - This is another of Nick Nixon's good ol'
Blues songs. Scotty suggested the title, Nick wrote the song and his
version of it was the title cut on a great album put out in Europe
around 2002. This version has both Nick and Willie Rainsford on vocals,
Nick and Scotty on guitars, Billy Cox on bass, Steve Shepherd and Willie
Rainsford on keyboards and old faithful Fred Satterfield on drums, again
at Scotty's studio.
You Don't Know Me - Scotty would have a hard time putting out a
CD without Tracy Nelson on it so he called and asked if she would do a
song and what did she want to do? She picked this, said she'd always
loved it. This was cut at Scotty's house in December of 2004. Nick Nixon
on guitar with a little of Scotty at the end, Billy Cox on bass, Boots
Randolph (of Course!) on sax, Steve Shepherd on keyboards and Fred
Satterfield on drums. By the way, Steve Shepherd is Scotty's right
hand... This one and several others at Scotty's place would never have
happened without Steve's fine hand in it.
Southern Fried Pickin' - This started as a jam with these guys in
Notodden Norway. The crew was having trouble setting up the sound
equipment, so the band was entertaining themselves while they waited for
sound check. They came up with this great sounding thing and after they
came back to the U.S. they wanted to record it when our good friend Pete
Pritchard was visiting again from London. He had been in the band in
Norway, but no one exactly had remembered it. Luckily we had Ella
Shepherd, Steve's wife, with us and she had gotten the jam on her movie
camera. So she came over, played the movie then the guys re-did the jam.
The name came from the fact that I was frying chicken in the kitchen at
Scotty's all the time they were playing and then we all ate like pigs
and laughed like loons! Another great time for all! The crew was Steve
Shepherd on keyboards, Kevin woods and Scotty on guitar, Pete Pritchard
on bass and Fred Satterfield on drums. The drummer in Norway was Jim
Russell, also from London, he was the only original missing. This was
cut at Scotty's Blueberry Hill studio in 2001. The kitchen crew was
Gail, Ella Shepherd, Stella Pritchard and Brenda Satterfield.
I have been around for quite a few of these recordings. It's hard to say
how much work goes into each song but also how much fun everyone has
while working on them. Scotty records everyone all at once in the studio
together and every note might not be perfect but they all feel great!
That's why it's so much fun to listen to later... you can hear the
people playing and having a good time. One thing Scotty always does on
these sessions is to leave Little Willie Rainsford's vocal mic open. You
can hear him moanin', groanin' and groovin' in every number he sings on.
Today's recordings might be perfect but they don't have the soul felt in
these numbers. I hope he does a dozen more albums... I'll cook the