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Nashville West - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkClarence White carried the Byrds through the second half of their life span. He brought them from their folk-psych era to their country rock period. His instrumental "Nashville West" was a song he brought to the Byrds from his earlier band Nashville West. This is the only released record of their existence. It includes three instros.
Picks: Nashville West, Ode To Billy Joe, Nashville West (reprise)

Track by Track Review


Nashville West dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

While only 41 seconds long, and much lighter textured than the Byrds' take, "Nashville West" is still inviting and fun, country cool, and pure gold.

Ode To Billy Joe dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

"Ode To Billy Joe" is a marvelous instrumental treatment of Bobbi Gentry's passionate soap opera. It displays the already well-developed guitar style that marked Clarence White's time with the Byrds. The great richness of the guitar tone separates it from country, while the twang and structure keep it from being rock 'n' roll. Quite a nice track.

Nashville West (reprise) dotdotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

The reprise of "Nashville West (reprise)" is the whole song, and while still just under two minutes, it sports all the charm and country girl freshness of the writing, and hints at the post psychedelic country rock of the Byrds in their latter days. It's is a catchy little instro with twang and charm, and a warm sound borne on the summer breezes of Chet Atkins' legacy. Mid tempo, punchy, and inviting in a Sunday picnic sorta way. Totally cool!