Limited blue vinyl LP pressing. Magnetic South is the first solo album by singer-songwriter Michael Nesmith during his post-Monkees career. Released by RCA Records in 1970, the album peaked at #143 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. Magnetic South is considered an early example of country rock. A single, " Joanne/One Rose" was taken from the album and reached #21 on the Billboard singles charts and Number 6 on the Adult Contemporary charts. It was the highest position of Nesmith's solo career. Nesmith formed the backing group The First National Band and gave them billing on both the cover and label of the record. Band member John London had previously played bass on several Monkees tracks and appeared as an extra on several episodes of the TV show, while Red Rhodes had played on a few 1969 Monkees tracks.