Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed in concert together. What a treat!! These two masters of the guitar complemented each other so well that it is hard to imagine one without the other! Chet Atkins, the subdued quiet picker who thrilled at performing the fast, frantic instrumentals written by his energetic alter ego, Jerry Reed. Their careers intertwined for most of forty years. Chet, about 12 years the senior, had perfected his style by the time a young Jerry Reed was being inspired by Chet's records. After getting a start in the music business in his native Georgia, Jerry moved to Nashville in the early 1960's and quickly found work as a session guitarist and songwriter. He attracted the attention of Chet, who by then was an established record producer for RCA, and a prolific recording artist in his own right. Chet "Mr. Guitar" Atkins recognized Jerry's unique ability to write and perform intricate fingerstyle guitar instrumentals and quickly started recording Jerry's tunes on his own albums.
By 1967 Chet had signed Jerry Reed to RCA, and with Chet as producer, Jerry turned out hits like Guitar Man, The Claw and Amos Moses. Jerry's LP, "Explores Guitar Country" produced by Chet, set the stage for their collaboration on two LP's in the 1970's, "Me and Jerry" (Grammy award winner), and "Me and Chet" from which came great tunes like "Jerry's Breakdown" and their definitive version of "Cannonball Rag." Chet continued to feature Reed instrumentals on his albums, and Jerry continued to record and tour while finding time to act in such diverse films as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Waterboy."
Titles include: Lover Come Back To Me, Waltz For The Lonely, Bye Bye Blackbird, Don't Think Twice Its All Right, Pushin', Downhome Music, Reedology, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Sneakin' Around,,Georgia On My Mind, I Still Can't Say Goodbye, Summertime, Medley: a) Windy and Warm b) Mister Sandman c) Wildwood Flower d) I'll See You In My Dreams e) Freight Train f) Yakety Axe, The Claw and Three Little Words
Running Time: 79 minutes
Review: "Chet and Jerry were in the limelight as a duet again in 1992 with another Grammy award winning album, "Sneakin' Around." That CD led to several show dates together, including this performance at the Bottom Line. The instrumentals that were shared by these two guitar giants will be played and studied as long as there are guitarists on this planet." - Mark Pritcher (CAAS President)
Review: To say my expectations were met and exceeded just doesn't get it. Everytime I play this DVD I feel like I'm right there in the audience savoring the greatness of these two Country Music icons, Chet - smoothness and Jerry - driving it doesn't get any better. When we lost them the music industry lost greatness. – James F. Nelson/Amazon Customer Review
Review: Even though Chet has passed on, I think he will always be remembered as the class person that he was. So mild and easy going and seemed so nice. And will always be given the credit as a GREAT guitar picker, of any and all genres. Jerry, on the other hand, I don't think has nearly the recognition that he deserves. He's proven over and over that he's right up there with Chet. The albums with Chet attest to that fact. Let someone please recognize him and elect him into the CMHOF while he is still alive. I am in the throes (it's difficult) of reading that book about Elvis (Careless Love, by Peter Guralnick). In it, Elvis wants to record “Guitar Man&.” But he nor his back-ups can get it right. The way Jerry did it. (Well, what did they expect? Jerry wrote the darn song.) So someone says “you've just got to get Jerry to come and do it himself.” So he has his “people” call Jerry to come to the studio and record it with him. Elvis is thrilled to death. It was just as he wanted it to be. After it's done, Kernel (Yes the “korny kernel” as I call him. He was NOT a Colonel. That title has to be earned). Anyhow, Kernel and his people try to badger Jerry into giving them publishing/copyrights to the song, or selling it to them. Jerry stood his ground. They weren't getting it. And they shouldn't have called him off of his fishing trip to begin with. If they had just told him in the beginning what the deal was that they wanted he wouldn't have wasted their time. GOOD for Jerry. I guess up to that point, Elvis had always gotten what he wanted. Not this time. JERRY BELONGS IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with Chet and the others. – V.A. Peek/Amazon Customer Review