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Guitar Heroes

by Wayne Moss

65 years in the making. Collaborations with Wayne Moss' Guitar Heroes.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chet Atkins Arr. / Basin Wrench Blues (feat. Chet Atkins)
2:08 $0.99
2. Les Paul / How High the Moon (feat. Les Paul)
1:50 $0.99
3. Les Paul / The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise (feat. Les Paul)
2:12 $0.99
4. Les Paul / Bye Bye Blues (feat. Les Paul)
1:53 $0.99
5. Mother Maybelle Carter / Wildwood Flower (feat. Mother Maybelle Carter)
2:40 $0.99
6. Johnny Smith / Walk Don't Run (feat. Johnny Smith)
2:15 $0.99
7. The Ventures / Wheels (feat. The Ventures)
2:30 $0.99
8. Tommy Emmanuel / El Vaquero (feat. Tommy Emmanuel)
2:10 $0.99
9. Chip Young / Black Mountain Rag (feat. Chip Young)
2:11 $0.99
10. Johnny Mac & Bill Kirchen / 65 (feat. Johnny Mac & Bill Kirchen)
2:34 $0.99
11. Jerry Reed / Pretty Magic (feat. Jerry Reed)
4:46 $0.99
12. Grady Martin / Shenandoah (feat. Grady Martin)
4:01 $0.99
13. Dennis Linde / East St. Louis Nights (feat. Dennis Linde)
4:21 $0.99
14. Alex Harvey / To Make My Life Beautiful (feat. Alex Harvey)
3:25 $0.99
15. George Benson & Chet Atkins / A Mouse in the House (feat. George Benson & Chet Atkins)
3:56 $0.99
16. Mickey Newbury / American Trilogy (feat. Mickey Newbury)
4:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Collaborations With My Guitar Heroes

With a dream on his heart and a gift of music in his soul, a young boy sets out from Charlston, West Virginia to Nashville, Tennessee and found that dreams do come true. In this collection of songs he revisits his journey and pays homage to the musicians that inspired him, his Guitar Heroes.
— Dee Moeller Moss

In 1953, at age 15, my mother Mattie took me to Nashville to audition for Chet Atkins. The first song on this album is one of the three songs I played for Chet. Wanting to be assured that I had a future in music my mother said to Chet, “isn’t he amazing?” Chet said, “no, he’s average.” Mattie asked what else I could do and Chet thought that with my large hands I could be a plumber. Due to that remark I am calling the first song “Basin Wrench Blues.”

Back in Charlston, determined to prove Chet wrong I experimented with sound on sound with a RCA & Revere tape recorder. In speech class the teacher asked the class to tell of their hobbies. I stayed up all night adding as many parts as I could, playing Les Paul’s version of “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise.” I took my sound equipment into speech class and played it for them. No one believed it was me and at that point I dropped speech class and not long afterward I dropped out of school with a credit and a half to go. I knew where I was going.

Fast forward to1961. I had opened Cinderella Studio behind my home in Nashville. By this time Chet had acknowledged that I could play guitar and respected my abilities enough to trust me to do on a 4 track machine what Les Paul did on 8 tracks leaving the 4th track open for strings. This song is the one they thought was Les Paul in speech class, “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise.”

The next Les Paul cover, “Bye Bye Blues” incorporates an echo plex and wah wah pedal to simulate Mary Ford’s vocal parts with three musicians. Charlie McCoy played bass, Kenny Buttrey on drums and Dean Porter played rhythm guitar. Dean bought the first Fender guitar in West Virginia and I bought the second one.

The first song I learned to play on a borrowed guitar was Mother Maybelle’s “Wildwood Flower.” This is to pay tribute to her thumb picking. The string arrangements are by Bergen White.

On “How High The Moon”, I also experimented with recording at half speed which I had formally done on the Revere & RCA at 3 3/4 and 7 ½, only now I was doing them at 7 ½ and 15.

After a time Chet decided to hire me for most of the RCA sessions. Chet also recorded some of my songs. I wrote “El Vaquro” at age 25 and Chet recorded it two years later. This version by Tommy Emmanuel, the renown guitarist, 50 years later.
“Black Mountain Rag” is by the talented Chip Young on his “Having Some Fun With My Friends” CD.

“65” is played by Johnny Mac and Bill Kirchen, two of my current heroes. Johnny Mac is a killer player and Kirchen was a member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.

Even though Jerry Reed was the best funky thumb picker who ever lived in my opinion, this song reflects his George Benson jazz style which Reed also mastered. By the time Reed recorded “Pretty Magic” the fidelity had improved and they were recording at 30” per second.

One of my favorite guitar heroes is the late Grady Martin who surprised me one day at Cinderella and told me we needed to cut “Shenandoah.” I asked who else would be on the session and Grady replied, “you and me.” He had me play bass, drums, high string and an acre of fuzz tone string effects made popular by Area Code 615, which he loved. Grady played gut string, electric and organ.

“East ST. Louis Nights” features Dennis Linde, the writer of Elvis’ “Burning Love” and many other great hits. This song incorporates the Goodletsville Sextet that Dennis wrote parts for. It also features the late John Harris on piano that compliments Linde’s soulful artistry on guitar.

“To Make My Life Beautiful” is by Alex Harvey and charted #1 in Holland. Alex also wrote Delta Dawn and it was also recorded at Cinderella. I did the entire string section with his fuzz tone guitar. This song is too beautiful not to be included on this CD as well as the fact that it mirrors my feelings and love for my wife Dee.

This CD wouldn’t be complete without an offering by my hero Chet Atkins. Along with George Benson is their version of a Barefoot Jerry song originally titled “Fish & Tits”. Chet called it “ A Mouse In The House.”

The grand finale “American Trilogy” was originally done by Mickey Newbury which was recorded at Cinderella. Elvis heard this creation and made it his closing number for his set, our arrangement and all. It features the Goodletsville Sextet whi ch Newbury elected to call The Nashphilharmonic. It also features Newbury’s drop D tuned guitar.

I hope you enjoy this 55 year journey of mine from West Virginia to Music City.
I tell the story of that journey in my book, “Nashville Cat the Wayne Moss Story.” The Country Music Hall of Fame gift shop has the book and CD on sale as well as the Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry CDs. Also available at barefootjerry.com.If you are in Kentucky, drop by the Merle Travis Center and you’ll find the second guitar I ever owned on display.
—Wayne Moss



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