Now, the movie voiceover guy was bad enough, but this one really hits home for me. Jerry Reed, best known to non-country music fans for his co-starring role in Smokey & the Bandit and a cartoon guest appearance on Scooby-Doo Mysteries, is dead at 71.
This guy had such amazing charisma and such a wonderful, instantly-recognizable laid-back voice--a smokey slow drawl that makes me smile every time I hear it--it's easy to gloss over what a virtuosic guitar player he was.
My favorite musical supergroup is Old Dogs, which was Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis, Waylon Jennings, and Jerry Reed, singing songs which were all written by Shel Silverstein. Now, Mel and Bobby are the only ones left on the porch.
The outlaw country generation is slipping away... *snif*