Homer & Jethro

Homer & Jethro at the Convention

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Homer & Jethro already had one live album to their credit (Homer & Jethro at the Country Club) when they released this little gem in 1962. The brainstorm this time was to make a recording during the annual Country Music Association banquet at the Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, then a closed-to-the-public, non-televised event. As Homer & Jethro state in the liner notes, "...this is the kind of challenge we like. This is a super critical audience, all country music big shots, artists, publishers, writers and many disc jockeys. They've heard all the jokes, and laughs are hard to come by. After the usual cocktails and dinner they had speeches, awards, and they took an hour to read the minutes of the last meeting. By now, they're practically asleep, so they finally introduce us. We had a ball, heckling the speakers table; when we spotted someone we knew we fired away, all in fun of course. We played it all by ear; it's impossible to plan a routine in advance for a crowd like this." As for the tunes in between the ad-libbed patter, they're largely country standards like "San Antonio Rose," "Tennessee Waltz," "Wildwood Flower," and "I Fall to Pieces," along with some special material like "Country Music Blues." Perhaps the most "inside" of all of their album output, this one captures them at their improvisational best.