Liner Note:Translated by KT.MARUOKA
No need to mention about Charlie.
The harmonica master-hand !
Charlie made everything for me; reserving the studio,
getting the best engineer and producing this CD.
He even played vibraphone forgYou Don't Know Meh.
Wow, what a gift ! Yeah, I Know You, Charlie!
Super driving and coding ! No one can match him.
No doubt he's made every standards of bass pickinf.
We can hear them in"Oh, Pretty Woman","Bridges Over Troubled Waterh
Sinatra's songs, and many more.
Bob takes 3 hours per session. So far, he's done 17,000
sessions and over 70,000 recordings! He's there !
Buddy is the very 1st drummer of Opry and real Country Beat.
Today, we can hear copies of his Beat in any current country
songs as well as the 4-4 shuffle of Ray Price .
He is 70 years old now. Anything changed? No! Just listen to the
smart and crispy Beat that is as much evergreen and forever young
as he plays in huge numbers of hit tunes and Elvis' movie songs.
Cool, isn't it?
I've got his sticks! Thanks Buddy !
Does anyone see he was born in 1926 from this photo?
The guitarist with the largest number of recording in the world!
Harold is a younger brother of Owen Bradley, the famous producer,
and now the president of of Nashville Association of Musicians
Local 257 of the American Federation of Musician.
His brilliant album gGuitars For Lovers Onlyh was released in Japan.
His gpatenth tic-tac bass pickin' distinguishes Nashville Sound.
In gFaded Loveh of this CD, we can enjoy his beautiful code work!
I always found his name in any records I listened to when I was a
student in junior-high school and high school. I know everyone
knows his super techniques sounds like chicken-pickin' guitar,
very much enjoyable in a series of Conny Smith's albums, from
gOnce A Dayh and down.
Last year(1999), Weldon and his wife Judi invited my family to
dinner at a stake house, which was delightful and really touched
Take care Weldon, and let's have dinner together again!
Joe has been a fiddler of Opry Staff Band for 40 years!
He is a leading guitarist as well. The finger-pickinfof Merle Travis
and Chet Atkins is his heart and right in his guitar play.
He stayed my home the other day when he visited Japan.
Well, don't pick a lead, Joe. This is my CD.
Make my day !
Rodger ever came to Japan together with Norkie Edwards of
He gave nice piano play for this CD peaceful and modest , just
like a clear blue water stream.......with a passion inside.
I love it !
Eric is a busy guy, usually working with Willie Nelson.
On the day following my recording, he would be with Emmylou,
and with Bob Dylan in the following week.
Charlie told me gHe is the best engineer in town.h
And I found it really true !
My forever hero Grady Martin, the leader of A-Team, has been
laid up and would never take a pick again.
How can I say how I was feeling during the sessions with the
real Grady's mates. I was in a dream with THEM.
Strained? Yeah, very much so. I did want to pick like Grady,
but the tense made me feel my fingers were not mine.
And it was really a happy dream.
Finally, I have to again say thanks to all of them, with deep
respect for the A-Team that built up the true Nashville Sound
and the era of Country Music.
Playing with A-Team for making an album was my longtime dream.
As you know, A-Team is the name for the group of the very best
session musicians in Nashville.
Members of the original A-Team are:
Grady Martin(guitar), Hank Garland(guitar), Bob Moore(bass),
Buddy Harman(drums), Harold Bradley(guitar & 6-string bass guitar),
Ray Edenton(rhythm guitar), Pig Robbins(piano) and
They played for Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and down to Elvis,
from 50's to 70's, recording countless numbers of hit tunes.
I still remember the guitar pickin'in gEl Pasoh of Marty Robbins, which
socked me in my gut and drove me crazy about Country music, in my
early teens. Since then, I listened to a lot of Country records. One day,
I realized that every record was showing names of the same players.
This discovery grew a desire in my mind for seeing them someday
and playing with them by some means or other.
After years, I took a couple of trip to Nashville, and naturally it could
never happen to me to see them since they had been in studios for
sessions and never came out.
Later, thanks to internet, I and Bob came to know each other by
exchanging e-mails. In 1999, I visited him at the back stage of Opry,
which, I think now, was the first step toward my dream. Bob's wife Kittra
is a lovely merry lady, who I have exchanged with a lot of e-mails in
some of which I mentioned about my desire. That was my nockinf
on the door for my dream. Then, Charlie who knows about Japan
very well kindly accepted to make the coordination for my session
with A-Team and Rodger for Pig Robbins who is ill in bed. And my
friends, Weldon and Joe, joined for making the session ever happier
Again, I thank to them. I love them all.
Nobuhiko Ogino September 2000