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First Nashville Guitar Quartet

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Released  1979
Length  42:35
Artists  Chet Atkins, Liona Boyd
Producer  Chet Atkins
Recorded  Nashville, TN
First Nashville Guitar Quartet (1979)  Reflections (1980)
Release date  1979
Label  RCA
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Genres  Country music, Pop music, Classical music
Similar  Chet Atkins albums, Country music albums

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.

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


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."


  • In 1997, The First Nashville Guitar Quartet was reissued on CD along with Me and My Guitar in by One Way Records.
  • In 2007, it was also released on CD along with The Night Atlanta Burned by Raven Records.
  • Side one

    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

    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
  • References

    First Nashville Guitar Quartet Wikipedia

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