Jamey Johnson Does "East Bound and Down"
Despite his status as modern country's most stone-faced, grizzled contemporary outlaw, Jamey Johnson cracked what (No joke!) looked like a smile as, accompanied by guitarist Brent Mason and banjoist Jimmy Melton, he led a crack house band through a spirited, sock-hop-ready rendition of Jerry Reed's 1977 trucker-country classic "East Bound and Down." The song, Reed’s signature hit, was immortalized by the beloved silver-screen crack-up Smokey and the Bandit, a vehicle for Reed and co-star Burt Reynolds. Introducing Johnson, Country Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young, serving as the event’s master of ceremonies, noted that the singer wrapped his tour bus to look like the rig Reed’s character drove in the film.