The Esurance Commercial Song

If you’ve had your brain teased by the question, “What song is that in the new Esurance commercials,” you’ll find your answer here.

Guitar by the road

The new Esurance commercials have been out for almost a month now, and if you’ve watched them as many times as we have (doubtful, but maybe) you’ve likely had the Esurance commercial song stuck in your head once or twice.

Not too surprising, considering the song (or to be more precise, “tune,” since there are no lyrics), is a Grammy-winning masterpiece. It’s guitar legend Chet Atkins’s “Jam Man,” and if you’ve got to have something stuck in your head, it sure beats the Gilligan’s Island theme song.

About “Jam Man”

The track comes from Chet Atkins’s 1996 album Almost Alone, a collection of mostly solo instrumental pieces Atkins recorded at the age of 71 (and was far from his last album!). The song itself grabbed the ’97 Grammy for Best Country & Western Instrumental Performance.

About Chet Atkins

In a legend-filled genre that boasts names like Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams (Sr. and Jr.), and Dolly Parton, many aficionados consider Chet Atkins (a.k.a. Mr. Guitar) to be one of the most important and influential performers to ever pick up a guitar.

Born in 1924, Atkins expressed a love of music from an early age, learning the fiddle before moving on to the instrument that would eventually gain him entrance to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dropping out of high school, he took the first of several jobs performing for a radio station. But many people felt that the sophistication of his guitar playing just wasn’t “country,” which made it hard for him to hold a regular country-and-western gig for long. (In later years, he even recorded a jazz album or two.)

After a few more radio jobs and a short stint with the Grand Ole Opry, Atkins finally signed to RCA Victor, where he eventually became the lead producer of the label’s Nashville office. There, he proved instrumental in developing the so-called “Nashville Sound”, and also continued recording his own groundbreaking guitar work, which employed a unique thumb-and-two-finger playing style of his own invention.

By the time of his death in 2001, he had performed on well over 100 albums in a 51-year recording career.

Related links

Learn more about Chet Atkins at the Country Music Hall of Fame
Check out Atkins’s discography
Check out “Jam Man” by Chet Atkins

8 Responses to “The Esurance Commercial Song”

  1. Andrzej
    July 20, 2013 #

    Hey man thanks a lot this post! I love this song and it's great that I didn't have to spend more than 5 seconds searching for it.

    • Ray
      September 12, 2014 #

      Chet Atkins sounds better every time We hear him on the esurance commercial never can get to much of that one.

    • Mundo
      October 11, 2014 #

      Great Guitar riff sounds better the more we hear it keep playing it.

  2. HARVEY THEIS JR,
    August 18, 2013 #

    I HATE THE ESURANCE JINGLE !!!!!!!! HATE IT,

    • Ray
      September 13, 2014 #

      Great Chet Atkins guitar playing song on your commercial got me to want to learn to play song on guitar.
      So keep Running the Add . I try to play guitar along with Chet when commercial comes on. Best sound track Commercial of all time My friends like it too.

  3. Larry
    September 10, 2013 #

    Great choice! Wonderful tune by one of the greatest guitar players of all time!

  4. AHarst
    September 29, 2013 #

    I knew it. Nothing beats that distinctive pluck sound of Chet Atkins.

  5. Elena Hernandez
    September 13, 2014 #

    I didn't know that was Chet Atkins playing guitar. It's a great commercial. And we love to hear it. Hope the commercial continues to run.

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