A Nashville supergroup led by singers/songwriters Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, the Notorious Cherry Bombs trace their origins to Emmylou Harris' fabled backing unit the Hot Band. According to legend, upon signing to Warner Bros. in late 1974 Harris was instructed by label execs to assemble "a hot band," and the singer immediately set about bringing together the finest session musicians in contemporary country. The first incarnation of the Hot Band -- guitarists Crowell and James Burton, steel guitarist Hank DeVito, pianist Glen D. Hardin, bassist Emory Gordy, Jr., and drummer John Ware -- made its debut behind Harris during a three-night stint at San Francisco's Boarding House in the spring of 1975; when Burton fell ill the following year, guitarist Albert Lee was named as his replacement, cementing the group's longest-lived and most acclaimed incarnation. Although the Hot Band's payroll reportedly left Harris some 125,000 dollars in debt, there's little doubting that their virtuosity launched her music to new creative heights and established the benchmarks by which all Nashville touring and session bands are judged. Harris also recorded several of Crowell's songs, and when he left the Hot Band in 1980 to cut his second solo LP, But What Will the Neighbors Think, he attempted to recapture the same esprit de corps by assembling his own crackerjack backing combo, the Cherry Bombs. The founding lineup included fellow Hot Band alumni DeVito and Gordy as well as guitarists Vince Gill and Richard Bennett, keyboardist Tony Brown, and drummer Larrie London.