Today, we’re going to revel in the music of Jerry Reed.
First, I want to point out two songs written by Reed that were later made famous by Elvis Presley, Guitar Man and U.S. Male. Here are the Reed versions of these classics:
Of course, most of us probably Reed best for East Bound and Down. And, yes, this song had a lot to do with my childhood dreams of driving an 18-wheeler for a living.
Yeah here comes Amos
Now Amos Moses was a Cajun
He lived by himself in the swamp
He hunted alligator for a living
He’d just knock them in the head with a stump
Oh, sorry. I was singing along with this classic, Amos Moses.
Who else would tell Porter Waggoner “no thanks” when Porter asked to sing along? That’s right, Jerry Reed. Why? ‘Cause he knew he was gonna kill Wabash Cannonball.
You can see on this last song why I really like to listen to Jerry Reed. Folks, he ain’t lip syncing. He is clearly talented, but there’s more. He looks like he really enjoys playing his guitar and singing. Lot’s of folks are good I suppose. And I suppose a lot of folks like entertaining. But when you see the really talented folks knocking it out and enjoying what they do, that really resonates.
I also think there’s another reason why I like Reed’s music. To some degree, his songs were background music (along with some other folks) to my childhood. No, we didn’t sit around and listen to Jerry Reed albums, but his music was always on the radio, and as you heard above, it has a way of sticking with you.
Another thing is that he reminds me a little of my dad, especially my dad circa 1970s. Physically they were similar during that time and both were a little nutty with their sense of humor. They way you can see Reed messing with folks in his good natured way is similar to how my dad acted. I miss my dad and I like anything that reminds me of him.
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