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Reggie Young is one of the world’s most respected and recorded session guitarists of all time (see p12). So a solo album would seem to promise much, right? Indeed it does; this is an instrumental album with high musicianship that always serves the songs. Armed with his fave Fender amps (Deluxe and Twin) and Strat or Tele guitars, Reggie plays clean electric like few others. Opener Coming Home To Leipers Fork is a case in point; light tremolo electric guitar playing a soulful chord melody before being joined by additional Memphis meets Curtis Mayfield guitar fills. When the band enters it’s a lovely old-skool groove, with a soft back beat, slightly swung and tasteful horn section parts. Memphis Grease ups the tempo a notch with a guitar performance that is super tasteful and melodic. Exit 209 has more bite; Reggie digs in here during the song’s solo. The closing Jennifer, named after his wife (nice cello playing here), is simply gorgeous. If you’re a fan of soul blues guitar with a great backing band (Larry Carlton springs to mind), this is highly recommended!