The new group "Cajun Gib & Gene" was formed around Gib and Gene Parsons and would be strictly country which suited Wayne fine. Gib explained Wayne's and his own switch from pop oriented folk to straight country music: "We'd been trying all that stuff but actually we were both country guitarists and we started playing country".
Gene Parsons was asked to learn how to play drums and Wayne the bass guitar for the group. Both musicians must have learned their new instruments quickly for within a brief time the band was playing in Palmdale at the Jack O' Diamond club and doing session work for Gary Paxton.
Paxton had started out with a small studio in Hollywood. During this time Wayne received a call from Gary S. Paxton (from Skip & Flip - that's Skip Battin and Gary Paxton), to sing lead vocals on the "New Hollywood Argyles" record "Alley Oop '66" (Kammy K-105) in Beverly Hills.
"Alley Oop '66" on CD
|New Hollywood Argyles|
- New Hollywood Argyles: Alley Oop '66/Do the funky-foot (Kammy 9665)|
"Alley Oop '66" written by D. Frazier, "Do the funky-foot" written by Gary Paxton.
Note: This single is also available on the CD : "The Hollywood Argyles feat. Gary Paxton" (Mar 120). Also two Gary Paxton solo releases backed by "Nashville West" with Wayne Moore ("Mother-In-Law" and "Going through the motions").
Nasvhille West Club
Gary Paxton moved his base of operations to Bakersfield. Wayne, Gib, Clarence and Gene worked steadily for Paxton and ended up on many sessions. Gary Paxton built a session crew that comprised Wayne Moore (bass, vocals), Gib Guilbeau (voclas, guitar, fiddle), Gene Parsons (vocals, drums, harmonica), Clarence White (dobro, lead guitar), Vern Gosdin (guitar, vocals), Rex Gosdin (guitar, bass, vocals), Ben Benay (guitar, vocals), Leo LeBlanc (steel guitar), Ken Johnsons (vocals, bass, drums, guitar) and Dennis Payne (vocals, guitar, bass).
NASHVILLE WEST played a similar backing role for the Gosdin Brothers' classic "Sounds of Goodbye" album which appeared on Capitol in 1968. Wayne and Gib even wrote one song for the album, "Woman's Disgrace".
Gosdin Bros. album
- THE GOSDIN BROTHERS: Sounds of goodbye (Captiol ST 2852 & Big Beat CDWIKD235)|
Produced by Gary Paxton.
Note: In 2003 British Big Beat label released the "Sounds of goodbye" album with a lot of bonus tracks - unreleased songs, singles etc ..... .
Note: The Gosdin Bros. single "Hangin' on" was nominated in 1967 for "The best single of the year" by the "Academy of Country and Western Music".
Gary Paxton also recorded the members of Nashville West in various backings, as solo artists and released records on them for his Bakersfield International label.
Wayne Moore recorded two singles for Gary Paxton's Bakersfield International label: , "Guitar pickin' man" written by Wayne and Jan Paxton (but this song is unreleased). "Hey Juliana" written by Wayne and " Rocks in my head" written by Loraine Mercer, all with Clarence White on lead guitar.
|Wayne Moore single|
|- WAYNE MOORE: Hey Juliana/Rocks in my head (BIP 1004)|
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!!
On following singles Nashville West are more or less musicians:
- 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)
- 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.: Till the end/Louisiana man (Capitol 2412)
- Gosdin Bros.: One Hundred Years From Now /No Matter Where You Go (Edict 167)
- 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)
Clarence White CD
- CLARENCE WHITE: Tuff & Stringy - Sessions 1966-68 (Big Beat CDWIKD 227)|
Re-issue producer Alec Palao.
Wayne Moore is singing lead vocals on three songs:
Bakersfield Rebels CD
- BAKERSFIELD REBELS: Late 1960s gems feat. Clarence White, The Nashville West Band and others (Big Beat)|
Re-issue producer Alec Palao.
Wayne Moore and the Nashville West band appears on many songs!
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 were backing up the "LeGarde Twins" (from Australia) on an unreleased album recorded at Gary Paxton's studio in Bakersfield.
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.
Recordings with Nashville West were released on albums credited to Rusty Dean (that's Gary Paxton):
- RUSTY DEAN: Country hits of today (Alshire S-5125)|
- RUSTY DEAN: A country bouquet of hits (Alshire S-5234)
Nashville West were also musicians on 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) on at least a few songs and
Vern and Rex Gosdin, Gary Paxton (aka Rusty Dean), Clyde Beavers and more
Eddie Tickner was especially impressed with Wayne Moore whom he thought had the best chance as a commercial country artist out of the Nashville West quartet. Wayne remembers that Tickner wanted him to learn some new material but the bassist let the opportunity of a projected recording session slip by. "At that time I was having some personal problem and I was a little too shy and laid back" says Wayne.
Nashville West album
|Nashville West album|
- NASHVILLE WEST: Nashville West (SRS 8701)|
with: Wayne Moore, Gib Guilbeau, Clarence White, Gene Parsons
re-released by Sierra on CD in 1997 with the addition of 4 bonus tracks. (HS67000)
Note: 2003 the UK label Rev-Ola re-released the "Nashville West" album (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.
Clarence, Wayne, Gene & Gib
- BRUCE OAKES: The lineman song / I don't play love
Released June 1967.
- BRUCE OAKES: I'll live today / On pins and needles
Released March 1968.
The song "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 single "I'll live today" 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: Both singles were released as bonus tracks on the new 2004 released Bruce Oakes CD "Picking with friends" on Boomer Records 102640-1-CD.
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.