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At the dawn of the '70s, Jerry Reed was starting to eclipse Chet Atkins as America’s most famous fingerpicker. However, any rivalry between the two musicians was purely imagined. Atkins always welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with his peers and mentor younger players, and his 1970 duet album with Reed is a warm and relaxed affair that emanates friendship and respect. Because Reed was primarily an acoustic player, this album is all-acoustic, giving listeners a rare opportunity to hear Atkins away from the studio gadgetry that was his stock-in-trade for most of the '60s. Even with all the precision inherent in the playing, there's something wonderfully loose about these renditions of “Tennessee Stud,” “Old Man River,” and “Wreck of the John B,” as though Reed and Atkins happened to run into each other in the studio and decided on the spot to improvise on some old favorites. While the slippery fingerpicking seen in “Cannonball Rag” is what made these two famous, it's their rendition of George Harrison’s “Something” that emphasizes the timeless grace of their techniques.

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One of my favorite albums

This one lit a fire under my thumb and turned my fingerpicking interests into an obsession. Stumpwater, Nut Sundae, Cannonball Rag, and Tennessee Stud...sonnnnn! A must-have for any fingerstyle or country guitar enthusiasts.

Masters at Work - and play!

In the mid-sixties, Chet Atkins brought guitarist Jerry Reed to RCA records, where Atkins became Reed's producer. Together they worked on all of Reed's LP's. Occasionally Chet would play on a song or two, on Reed's albums. It was only a matter of time before Reed and Atkins would release an album of instrumental guitar duets.

Over the years there would be three studio LP's released by this duo.

The first: "Me and Jerry" is geared more towards Atkins style of play. Their follow up: "Me & Chet" leans a bit towards Reed's style of play. Both albums are classic.

Many years later Reed & Atkins would release their final album together: 'Sneakin' Around" (1992). Other than their incredible talents, their friendship, good humor and personalities are on display throughout.

In my opinion, every one of these albums is a "must have".


Born: June 20, 1924 in Luttrell, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he recorded hundreds of solo records, Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks. And as a guitarist, he was without parallel. Atkins' style grew out of his admiration for Merle Travis, expanding Travis' signature...
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