Needledrop Of The Day - Jerry Reed - The Coin Machine from Red Hot Picker (1975 - RCA)
I was about 8 or 9 when I first saw Jerry Reed on Hee Haw...watching along with my dad and my grandmother. The way he played guitar blew me away even at that early age. I remember seeing this album at the Pamida in Taylorville, Illinois and wanting it REAL bad. It was, after all, called "Red Hot Picker". It wasn't until I was in my teens that I finally found another copy and immediately snatched it up.
The album is appropriately named. Awesome guitar work throughout in a wide variety of styles. Great songwriting as well. I've never actually come across this album on CD...I'm not even sure if it's available. Jerry was on a TEAR in the mid 70s and pumped out several albums a year. I don't doubt that the thought of releasing EVERYTHING on CD was a daunting task for even the most patient record exec.
I don't fingerpick a whole lot when I play guitar. I'm not that great at it. However, when I do...and you see it...know that you are probably seeing some sort of variation on one Jerry Reed lick or another. I spent a whole lot of time studying his style.