First Nashville Guitar Quartet

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First Nashville Guitar Quartet
Studio album by Chet Atkins, Liona Boyd, John Knowles and John Pell
Released 1979
Recorded Nashville, TN
Genre Country, Classical
Length 42:35
Label RCA
Producer Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins chronology
Guitar Monsters
First Nashville Guitar Quartet

First Nashville Guitar Quartet is the title of a recording by Chet Atkins, Liona Boyd, John Knowles and John Pell.

The quartet played in the style of a chamber orchestra for guitars. Arrangements were worked out amongst the four players. Recording was done in both RCA's Studio A and at Atkins' own home studio.[1]

The single "Love Song of Pepe Sanchez", released by the Quartet in 1979, did not chart.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Richard S. Ginell wrote of the album "Guitars may not be about to replace violins, violas, and cellos in the chamber music category, but this group proves that they can assume a respectable place in country-pop music, anyway."[2]


Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Carolina Shout" (Johnson, John Knowles, John Pell) – 2:37
  2. "Londonderry Air" (Traditional) – 3:00
  3. "Love Song of Pepe Sanchez" (John Pell) – 2:16
  4. "Skirts of Mexico" (Ponce, John Knowles) – 3:00
  5. "You Needed Me" (Goodrum) – 2:59
  6. "Bound for Boston" (Traditional) – 3:40

Side two[edit]

  1. "Washington Post March" (Traditional) – 2:18
  2. "Someday My Prince Will Come" (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) – 2:55
  3. "Rings of Grass" (Shel Silverstein) – 3:17
  4. "Rodrigo Concerto" (Joaquín Rodrigo) – 3:34
  5. "Brandenburg" (Bach) – 2:59


  • Chet Atkins – guitar
  • Liona Boyd - guitar
  • John Knowles - guitar
  • John Pell - guitar


  1. ^ McClelland, John & Bratic, Deyan. (2004) "Chet Atkins in Three Dimensions, Vol 2". Pacific, MO, Mel Bay Publications. ISBN 0-7866-5877-0
  2. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "First Nashville Guitar Quartet > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ AllMusic entry for reissue of Me and My Guitar and First Nashville Guitar Quartet.