Jerry Reed (posthumously)

Jerry Reed, known throughout country music as “the Guitar Man” after his 1967 hit single of the same name, gained recognition not only for a successful solo career, but also as an actor and ace session player. After leaving school, he auditioned for Bill Lowery, founder of Lowery Publishing Co. and Southern Track Studios in Atlanta, Ga., who encouraged him to write more songs and booked him for a tour opening for Ernest Tubb. Success came in the early 1970s with “Amos Moses”, “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and “Lord, Mr Ford”. His session work can also be heard on albums by artists such as Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, and Dolly Parton, among others. In 1977, he co-wrote “East Bound and Down” for the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” which he also co-starred in with Burt Reynolds. Reed was also only one of five guitarists knighted as a C.G.P. – Certified Guitar Player – by the great Chet Atkins.


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October 12, 2016

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