Barefoot Jerry

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Barefoot Jerry
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Southern rock, Country rock
Years active 1971–1977 and occasional reunions to the present
Labels Capitol Records
Warner Bros. Records
Monument 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.

Wayne Moss appears as "Barefoot Jerry" along with Charlie Daniels, Guy Clark and David Allan Coe in the 1981 music documentary, Heartworn Highways.

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)


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1975 "You Can't Get Off with Your Shoes On" 109 You Can't Get Off with Your Shoes On

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1974 "Boogie Woogie" Charlie McCoy 22 24 The Nashville Hit Man
1977 "Summit Ridge Drive" 98 Play It Again Charlie


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 61. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  • The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll. Random House, 1980. "Southern Rock" entry by Joe Nick Patoski. ISBN 0-394-73938-8.
  • Kemp, Mark. Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, & New Beginnings in a New South. New York, New York: Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2004, p. 17. ISBN 0-7432-3794-3

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