East bound and Down: Jerry Reed

Rating: 90%

jerry-reed-east-bound-and-down.jpgJerry Reed is one of the biggest country music guitarists of all time and yet, he is the most underrated guitarists of all time. His influence has been around since 1959. Jerry’s style of playing country, rock n’ roll and rockabilly is one of genius. His style of chicken pickin’ mixed with Cajun style and blues and honky-tonk. His musical structure of melodies is amazing. His tongue in cheek humor in many of his songs is great. As a song writer, Jerry Reed has produced many hits over his career.

I recently picked up “East Bound and Down” which was released in 1977. This isn’t the official soundtrack to the Smokey and the Bandit movie, but it contains some of the music from the motion picture. Production on this record is great.

The record opens with the “East Bound and Down.”  I don’t think I need to go into detail about that song. Everyone seems to have heard that one. Song two is called “Lightning Rod” which has almost a Polka style to it. The lead in which Jerry plays is why he is one of hell of a guitarist. The song “Bake” has a groovy jive with is what Jerry Reed’s playing has been all about. “Framed” and “You Took All The Ramblin’ Out Of Me” are traditional style Jerry Reed songs. “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right” is another good example of the chicken style pickin that Jerry Reed is known for.

This record is really good and is a must have by anyone who likes or loves Jerry Reed’s music. “The Legend” which is written about the Bandit, should actually be for Jerry’s own style.

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