Aw damn.

Musician Jerry Reed died today at the all too young age of 71.

Ol’ Jerry was one of the first concerts I ever took in. I was with my mom, the venue was Tingley Coliseum. The event was the rodeo at the New Mexico State Fair. Yes, I know it’s Expo New Mexico now. I grew up there. I call it like it was. :)

I don’t remember how old I was….less than 10 I think? Yeah, it was firmly in the 70’s.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Jer. Through all the Smokey and the Bandit movies. Through all his ridiculous and funny songs.

He was a talented man.

He will be missed. At least by me.

He lives on in my memories.

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  • Natalie

    I loved him when I was a kid and I swear I was at that same concert. (We moved here in ’72 when I was 13 years old.)

    I remember him fondly as that funny Burt Reynolds sidekick and the guy who sang those funny, redneck songs.

    Years later, he would be at the free stage shows at the fair. I can remember seeing him many times either just after the cutting horse competitions or just before we hit the fairway.

    RIP JR…

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