Hargus "Pig" Robbins

A Bit of Country Piano

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Hargus "Pig" Robbins, as one of the most famous Nashville session pianists around, was bound to emerge as a name performer in the wake of Floyd Cramer's success. A Bit of Country Piano is his first album and, although Time Records released a single from it, no hit was forthcoming and his solo recording career was put on hold for a few years thereafter. Robbins apes Cramer's style on "Forever" and "Why Do I Love You," but does his own thing elsewhere, rocking a little on "Night Runner" and "Don't Knock It." Robbins' playing is lean and uncluttered, and he is backed by some of Nashville's finest, including Boots Randolph, Buddy Killen, and Ray Edenton. A Bit of Country Piano is a solid entry in the narrow field of country piano music by one of its most famous practitioners.

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