All In The Fingers

What happened to “aw shucks” country-boy virtuosi like these guys, Glen Campbell, and Roy Clark?  Are they still out there?  Are they all just session guys since no one like them could lauch a solo career in Nashville these days?  But would there even be sessions for such players?  I hear nothing in current country music that would require this level of musicianship.

Don’t try any of this at home.

5 Replies to “All In The Fingers”

  1. Jesus, that’s impressive. I knew Campbell and Clark could play from watching Hee Haw growing up, but I only knew Reed as a singer and actor in those goofy Smokey and the Bandit movies.

    What’s the deal with that huge chunk cut away from the neck of his acoustic in the second video? Custom job?

  2. Yeah, I knew him mostly from dumb movies and novelty hits like “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.” Then one day I saw him on television performing the Smokey and the Bandit theme (badass guitar duet at around 0:50, in case you dislike that song), and there he was playing the lead break, which is very impressive.

    Never seen that cutaway either, I’m guessing custom as well. He liked to play with his leg pretty high up, so maybe that’s why.

  3. That’s the country music I like and grew up with. I think Brad Paisley and Keith urban can actually play. I think Buck Owens was another who could pick and grin pretty well. I wonder if they could play thrash metal…

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