Jerry Reed

Nashville Underground

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Nashville Underground goes even further in a country-pop direction than its predecessor, The Unbelievable Guitar & Voice, with only the riotous "Tupelo Mississippi Flash" coming close to the wild swing that is Reed's trademark. The rest of the record is devoted to highly polished, exquisitely produced country-pop, much of it written by Jerry himself, who is game to croon ballads like "Remembering" or to take a breezy summertime stroll on "A Thing Called Love." Some of this is so delicately layered it borders on baroque AM pop -- "You Wouldn't Know a Good Thing" and "Save Your Dreams" sound like the sunshine pop coming out of the West Coast -- and if that isn't quite what anybody expects from notorious wildman Jerry Reed, it's nevertheless a thoroughly engaging piece of period pop.

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