Andy is happy to once again arrest wayward guitar player Jim Lindsey on a charge of disturbing the peace (playing illegally on the public street) because it means he and Jim can play duets while Jim sits behind bars. After hearing a stellar performance of "New River Train," Andy wonders if the young prodigy isn't squandering his gifts and reasons that Jim could be bigger than "that fella we see every now and then on television, shakin' and screamin'." Jim, however, is reluctant and claims he isn't quite ready. Inspiration comes rolling through town in the form of Bobby Fleet and his Band with a Beat, a traveling band on their way to a gig in Raleigh. Andy suspects that the band could use a good guitar player, but setting up a meeting is a bit tricky since Jim isn't willing to play and Fleet isn't willing to listen; so, he uses the law to set up a meeting, arresting Fleet on an illegal parking charge and instructing Barney to bring Jim in for questioning (although what kind of ... Written by
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Did You Know?
Later in the series it is established that Barney can't sing but here, during the "New River Train" number with Jim, Andy invites him to join in singing the chorus. See more
There is a little drum roll at the end of the song but only a guy banging sticks on the jail cell bars. See more
[Shortly after Sheriff Taylor arrests Jim Lindsey, they jam together on guitars in the jailhouse
Sheriff Andy Taylor
[singing solo as they play
Ridin' on that new river train. Ridin' on that new river train. Same old train that brought me here gonna take me back again.
[Andy and Jim play through an instrumental passage
Sheriff Andy Taylor
Darlin', you can't love one. Darlin', you can't love one. Can't love one and have any fun. Oh, darlin', you can't love one.
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My Dog Has Fleas
Performed by Bobby Fleet and His Band With a Beat See more