As I mentioned in my post on Friday commemorating the late actor, Burt Reynolds brought us some of the greatest movies about the rural working class ever. He also brought us some damned fine country music along with it. Jerry Reed brought us classic songs to go with Smokey and the Bandit and Gator and then almost stole the show as an actor. I still haven’t seen Stroker Ace, but it hasn’t stopped Charlie Daniels title track from being one of my favorite songs for the past twenty years.
The crown jewel (what is the hillbilly equivalent of a crown jewel?) of Burt’s movie career is Smokey and the Bandit. It is a cultural touchstone. So is Reed’s toe-tapping Eastbound and Down. Reed also provided the song the movie opens with, Legend, but it is Eastbound and Down that everyone remembers.
Gator is much-maligned, but it is a fun movie. Admittedly, though, the rest of the movie can’t possibly hold up to the title song (Reed again, who also plays the menacing, chilling villain) and the boat chase that follows.
I may not have seen Stroker Ace, but I did grow up going to stock car races at dirt tracks and short tracks and North Wilkesboro. It is a downright joy from a country boy when he hears them engines moan. I would put Stroker Ace right up there with any Charlie Daniels song.
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