For all of you who only know Jerry Reed from his "Smokey and the Bandit" fame, it's time to broaden those horizons. And thanks to Buddha Records' "RCA Country Legends" series, that enlightenment is much easier to attain. Years before his legendary -- by our current "The Fast and the Furious" standards -- pairings with Burt Reynolds, Reed was a well-respected musician with an inimitable five-finger picking guitar style (called "the claw"), and an uncategorizable sound that comprised blues, jazz, country, Cajun, ragtime and bluegrass.
All of these styles are well represented on songs such as "Are You From Dixie?," "The Claw," "Navy Blues" and "Nervous Breakdown." Also included are the better-known hits "Amos Moses," "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)," "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and "East Bound and Down."
Overall, what becomes apparent on this recording is that Reed was a musician ahead of his time, and, for any fan of true outlaw music, he is a worthwhile rediscovery.