Arizona Swamp Company

Arizona Swamp CompanyFrom: Weybridge, Surrey, England

More formally known as The Nashville Teens, Arizona Swamp Company did release on 45′  under their obscure title. The B-side “Train Keeps Rollin” from 1970 is an example of some excellent blues-oriented psychedelic music. It wasn’t long until Arizona Swamp Company went back to the name The Nashville Teens. The band formed in 1962 in Weybridge, Surrey with members Art Sharp (vocals), Ray Phillips (vocals), John Hawken (piano), Pete Shannon (bass), Michael Dunford (guitar), and Roger Groom (drums).

In 1963, Dunford and Groom left and were replaced with John Allen and Barry Jenkins. A seventh member in Terry Crow (vocals) was also added during the band’s extended stay in Hamburg, Germany in 1963. While in Hamburg, the band was set up to play as a backup band for the great Jerry Lee Lewis. This resulted in the recording of the amazing live album Jerry Lee Lewis at the Star Club. The Nashville Teens would later play backup for Bo Didley, where they were spotted by Mickie Most. After signing with English Decca in 1964, Most became the band’s manager, and produced their first single “Tobacco Road”. The song charted high in both Britain and America.

As time wore on, the band’s fortunes continued to decline. Regardless of what they did, interest in their music continued to diminish. Changing their name to Arizona Swamp Company, the band would have one last stab at creating something big. While the single released under this moniker is a hit among the psychedelic fans, Arizona Swamp Company (or The Nashville Teens) would never be as popular as they once were.

Artist information sources include: Allmusic.com, and Discogs.com

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1970 single Parlophone R 5841

  • Train Keeps Rollin’