Nashville West was a short-lived American country rock quartet, that was briefly together in the late s. An album by Nashville West was released inabout eight years after the band had broken up. The material on the Nashville West album was recorded during a club date in In the mids, Gene Parsons and fiddler Gib Guilbeauwho had been earlier acquainted from their time together in a band called the Castaways, were hired for a recording session with the Gosdin Brothers' singing duo of Vern and Rex Gosdin.
The session, being produced by The Byrds ' Chris Hillmanincluded guitarist Clarence Whitewho had formerly played bluegrass guitar in the Kentucky Colonels.
Parsons, Guilbeau and White then went on to play on sessions together for several other country music artists and became the house band for Gary S. Paxton 's record label, Bakersfield International Productions. In the course of their session work, Parsons and White devised the B-Benderor Stringbender, a system installed on White's Fender Telecaster that made the instrument sound like a pedal steel guitar.
Eventually, Parsons, Guilbeau and White became a band, joining with fellow session player, bassist-vocalist Wayne Moore, who played in the Castaways with Parsons and Guilbeau. Parsons and White were then asked to join The Byrds in Nashville West - Nashville West - Nashville West The resulting next album, Dr. Hydefeatured White's and Parsons' signature instrumental tune, "Nashville West".
When the original line-up of The Byrds reunited in March to record ByrdsWhite Nashville West - Nashville West - Nashville West the Byrds to join the bluegrass supergroup Muleskinner. He also played on a package tour Nashville West - Nashville West - Nashville West several other country rock pioneers at the time, including Gram Parsons.
White then reformed his old The Boys From The County Cork - Michael ODuffy And The Reapers - Welcome, the Kentucky Colonels, with his brothers, but was killed on July 14, in Palmdale, Californiawhen he was struck by a car driven by a drunken driver.
Guilbeau went on to play sessions with Linda Ronstadt and joined a band called Swampwater. As a session band, Nashville West recorded prolifically, though never under the Nashville West name, backing other artists on Gary S.
Paxton 's record label. The material on it came from a club date in El Monte, Californiawhich had been recorded by Parsons for personal use, and not necessarily for album release.
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