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|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Genres||Southern rock, Country rock|
|Years active||1971–1977 and occasional reunions to the present|
Warner Bros. Records
|Associated acts||Area Code 615, Charlie Daniels, The Band, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash|
|Past members||Terry Dearmore, Kenny Buttrey, Jim Colvard, Dave Doran, Si Edwards, Mac Gayden, John Harris, Warren Hartman, Russ Hicks, Kenny Malone, Charlie McCoy, Wayne Moss, Fred Newell, Barry Chance|
Barefoot Jerry is an American Southern rock and country rock band, based in Nashville, Tennessee, most active from 1971 to 1977. It was composed of area studio musicians under the tutelage of Wayne Moss, and Mac Gayden. Barefoot Jerry was once a store next to Mac Gayden's home in the Smoky Mtns. Barefoot Jerry was actually an old style country fiddle player inside the store; Mac named the group for him.
Both Moss and Gayden were lead guitarists for Area Code 615, and also with other 615 alumni. This name is also used to refer to Moss and his sidemen in current reunions and other projects. Moss founded Cinderella Recording Studios and has operated it since 1960.
Moss had previously played in many sessions, including Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and played the guitar riff on Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman". In addition to Moss, band members included: Terry Dearmore, Kenny Buttrey, Jim Colvard, Dave Doran, Si Edwards, Mac Gayden, John Harris, Warren Hartman, Russ Hicks, Kenny Malone, Charlie McCoy, and Fred Newell.
Barefoot Jerry's first line up consisted of:
- Wayne Moss- guitar/keyboards/vocals,bass
- Mac Gayden -lead guitar/vocals, slide guitar
- Kenneth A. Buttrey - drums,
- John Harris - keyboards.
Moss, Buttrey and Gayden (Mac Gayden wrote the number one UK hit single by the Love Affair, "Everlasting Love") had all been in Area Code 615-Mac also played the first slide wah guitar on JJ Cale's "Crazy Mama." They originally played together on many of Mike Nesmith's Nashville sessions.
This line up of Barefoot Jerry recorded Southern Delight, before Gayden left in 1972 to form his own band, Skyboat; Buttrey joined Neil Young's band. Wayne Moss and John Harris were soon joined by Russ Hicks - guitar/steel guitar/horn/vocals and Kenny Malone, the drummer on Barefoot Jerry album released on Warner Bros. Records in 1972. This line up later expanded to include: Buddy Skipper - keyboards, Fred Newell - banjo/harmonica/vocals, Dave Doran - guitar/bass/vocals, Si Edwards – percussion, and (Area Code's) Bobby Thompson - bass/guitar/vocals for Barefoot Jerry and the 1974 follow-up Watchin' TV.
The line up of Moss, Hicks, Doran, Edwards, Skipper and Newell from this period were captured live on the 2007 Barefoot Jerry Live release. Wayne Moss became the last original member of the band. Retaining Hicks and Edwards, they added Terry Dearmore - vocals, guitar/bass, Jim Colvard - guitar/bass and Warren Hartman – keyboards. In 1975 they recorded You Can't Get Off With Your Shoes On. Colvard took his own life in 1976.
With the departure of Hartman, guitarist Barry Chance and Steve Davis - keyboards/guitar/vocals, joined the band for Keys to the Country in 1976. Davis and Dearmore departed, and Charlie McCoy - keyboards/harmonica/flutes/Jew's harp and Mike McBride - bass/guitar/percussion/mandolin, joined for 1977's, Barefootin'. In 1977, the band split up.
Barefoot Jerry were mentioned in Charlie Daniel's (CDB) tune "The South is Gonna Do It Again."
- 1971: Southern Delight (Capitol Records)
- 1972: Barefoot Jerry (Warner Bros. Records)
- 1974: Watchin' TV (Monument Records)
- 1975: You Can't Get Off with Your Shoes On (Monument Records)
- 1976: Grocery (double-LP reissue of the first two albums; Monument Records)
- 1976: Keys to the Country (Monument Records)
- 1977: Barefootin' (Monument Records)
- 1997: Southern Delight/Barefoot Jerry (2-on-1 CD reissue on See For Miles)
- 1997: Watchin' TV/You Can't Get Off with Your Shoes On (2-on-1 CD reissue on See for Miles)
- 1997: Keys To The Country/Barefootin' (2-on-1 Cd reissue on See For Miles)
- 2006: Keys To The Country/Barefootin' (CD reissue Hux Records)
- 2007: Barefoot Jerry Live (recorded at the Exit Inn in 1973 - available only from the official website)
|1975||"You Can't Get Off with Your Shoes On"||109||You Can't Get Off with Your Shoes On|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1974||"Boogie Woogie"||Charlie McCoy||22||24||The Nashville Hit Man|
|1977||"Summit Ridge Drive"||98||—||Play It Again Charlie|
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