|Wayne Moss from Barefoot Jerry
|Pat Adams & Carol Alger from Tennessee Concerts with Wayne, Amanda and Wayne's wife Connie
Remembering Barefoot Jerry by Pat Adams
Besides the Charlie Daniels Band, Barefoot Jerry has always been my favorite local Nashville
musicians, in the 1970's. Since many in the band were professional studio musicians, they rarely
played outside of this region, and chose not to tour. This hurt them commercially, as this band
could keep up with the best of 'em. I was lucky enough to see Barefoot Jerry many times in the
Mac Gayden became known on the Nashville music scene around that time. He and a few others
became known for playing at the Exit In, often. I first saw Barefoot Jerry in Martin Tennessee,
on the football field, with other southern rock bands including Wet Willie, headliners the Charlie
Daniels Band, and others. I later attended Barefoot Jerry's "Barefoot In The Park" at the
Centennial Park bandshell, a free concert in which most of the audience was barefooted. The
concert was so crowded, we couldn't see. My friends and myself, just sat on the grass and listened
to the concert. I went to see Barefoot Jerry many times in the 1970's at Nashville's Exit In on
Elliston Place, a music venue that remains to this day.
I cannot tell you which members played at which shows, as the band was always rotating
members. I can tell you, that Wayne Moss played at all of the shows. Needless to say, it was
always a great show whoever was playing. I only regret not ever taking a camera. The albums
were great! "Grocery" was hot in the 1970's, a double album repackaged from Barefoot Jerry's
first two LP's "Southern Delight" & "Barefoot Jerry". This CD includes early Barefoot Jerry,
including "Hospitality Song", "The Minstrel Is Here At Last" and others by singer/songwriter
Mac Gayden. Some of my favorite Wayne Moss songs include "Warm", "Ain't It Nice In
Here", "One Woman" and others. A great CD, all the way through.
Barefoot Jerry's 2nd CD includes the LP's "Watchin' TV" and "You Can't Get Off With Your
Shoes On". I love this CD, also.
Both (album) title songs received airplay in the '70's, and what a great pair of albums to
put together. Other great songs include "If There Were Only Time For Love", "Faded Love",
"There Must Be A Better Way" (one of my favorites), and many more, including a few nice
sounding instrumental songs.
To this day, The Charlie Daniels Band is heard on the radio daily singing the quote
"And all the good people down in Tennessee, are diggin' Barefoot Jerry and the CDB".
Many in Nashville would agree. That quote that was definitely true in the 1970's and mid-80's,
Mac Gayden had a hit with "Morning Glory", has had four great albums, and has
written songs including "She Shot A Hole In My Soul" and the classic, "Everlasting Love".
Barefoot Jerry members included Wayne Moss, Mac Gayden, John Harris, Kenny
Buttrey, Jim Calvard, Russ Hicks, Charlie McCoy, Charlie Skipper, Terry Dearmore.
Bobby Thompson, Fred Newell, Dave Doran, Kenny Malone, Si Edwards, Barry Chance,
Mike McBride, John Moss, Warren Hartman, Steve Davis and others.
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Pickin' at the Dilly
We went to see
Wayne Moss on
May 29, 2011 at the
Cafeteria in Nashville.
It was nice to see
Wayne after so many
years. I used to go
see Barefoot Jerry
back in the 1970's.
I still listen to those
great Barefoot Jerry
CD's to this day.
Every Sunday Wayne
has a special guest.
This Sunday, it was
his daughter Amanda
Moss. They did a
variety of songs
including some of the
Barefoot Jerry classics.
We really enjoyed the
music and the food.
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