I wrote Reed Stomp in 2016. At the time, I was just getting into fingerstyle and was messing around in drop D tuning at one of my current band’s practice sessions. Jerry Reed had been playing in my car recently and I got some of his tunes stuck in my head. I had managed to pull a tasty lick inspired by his song “Struttin'” which is the closing song on his 1975 album Mind Your Love. It’s a beautiful and clever lick that has a chromatic bass line walking up hand-in-hand with a well suited melody. It’s the kind of lick that’s got legs that go all the way to the floor.
Being quite pleased with the lick, it just felt natural to find a jam to go with it. I started wailing on the drop D and started messing around with some blues licks and 7th chords. It all started to feel a lot like another song that inspired me early on in my guitar playing days, a Led Zeppelin song called Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp’s got some great energy and guitar work. Thus I got the title Reed Stomp.