Jerry Reed Explores Guitar Country is an overlooked 1969 concept album that updated traditional folk and country tunes with modern pop-country arrangements. Classics like "St. James Infirmary," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "In the Pines," and "John Hardy" were assembled utilizing unconventional combinations of organ, banjo, congas, and jazz guitar. Much of the exploratory credit goes to the pop-country hybrid production mastery of Chet Atkins. Jerry Reed Explores Guitar Country is quietly influential in helping to map out the area where many alternative country artists now reside. Explores Guitar Country is available with Alabama Wild Man on a One Way two-fer CD.
AllMusic Review by Al Campbell