There was a time The Readings thought more about baseball than music. Eric hit over .420 the last season he played in college...Chris was a standout left-handed pitcher at every level he played; he passed on a minor league offer several years back. They also considered other professional careers...Chris managed a startup company that wound up on the Forbes list of the fastest growing companies in America. Eric gave up medical school after being accepted to a top 20 program. Another dream came calling...they rediscovered old musical roots, and rolled the dice, winding up together in Nashville...taking a shot at a career in music!
A few years later, having developed their own brand of music, and their own songs that connect with fans of all genres, they are currently enrolled in several music business courses to further ensure success. They are earning straight A's in hotel room trashing, personal assistant abuse, money mismanagement, pharmaceutical fraud, and their personal favorite, "how to be a complete jackass, and make money doing it". They are working hard to erase the 'All American Boys' label they have earned so honestly over the years. They appreciate your support thru these trying times, and hope to emerge worthy of a hit record, and perhaps a long-term profitable, but tragic, career in music.
In all seriousness...Driven and dedicated San Diego natives and fraternal twin brothers, The Readings are creating original music they hope will stand the test of time. Since relocating to Nashville, they have been fortunate enough to have songs cut by other artists, adopted for use in corporate campaigns, spun on radio, and played in television programming. They can also be seen and heard at CMT.com, where they have their own artist page. There is no secret to their success; they love what they do. And time and experience have given them the ability and opportunity to put their ideas and life experiences into words and music. Their engaging personalities and crossover sound transcend musical genres and personal boundaries; other people see themselves in their stories. They also get a glimpse into the unique experiences that make The Readings the writers and performers they have been, and are becoming. Inspired by the tragic loss of their mother to bone marrow cancer, their song “One of Those Days” is an inspirational message to live everyday as if you won't have another. The American Cancer Society has used the song, and their performances, to raise awareness and funds for the cause. The song always elicits a profound connection with audience members and they often receive messages through their website like the following: “A year ago, I discovered that I have a brain condition that I will have for the rest of my life. But I am thankful for such life experience and am not giving up. That is why the song "One of Those Days" touched me in a personal way, as I am sure it did when you were inspired by your brave mother. ...So thanks, Stranger!...For the songs you wrote and sang with such emotion, and for the songs you will write as life brings them to you."
Perhaps the best way to get a feel for who The Readings are, and for what their music says about them, is to judge by the reactions of people who see them live, for the first time. Not long ago, The Readings found themselves stranded for several hours, along with a few thousand strangers, at Chicago's Midway Airport during a weather delay. A few friendly passengers, seeing their guitar cases, asked if they wouldn't mind playing a few songs to pass the time. One thing led to another and The Readings ended up putting on a two and a half hour impromptu concert for hundreds of appreciative listeners. They covered all their favorite songs and artists, from The Eagles and America to U2 and Coldplay, and seamlessly mixed in plenty of originals too. They sold out of their entire CD supply, signed autographs, and were given the royal treatment by the good folks of Southwest Airlines who granted them special pre-boarding priviledges and an escort down the jetway, as the echoing sounds of a standing ovation from the terminal faded off in the distance. It was quite an experience. Everyone had a great time, in spite of the circumstances...the event was vividly captured in a message they received from a fan/friend who enjoyed their airport concert: “...Airports are usually dreary places. Even under the best of circumstances, people are in the middle of a "means to an end." Just get me where I am going and have a nice day. Delays of course, are worse. But your concert, and your generous spirits, transcended all that. You created a group dynamic, allowed people to come together, you got past age and racial boundaries, created happiness...My friends, you did it! It was so cool to watch, to observe, and to see the happy faces of everyone forgetting their circumstances for just a few hours. Thank you so much for the experience. Flight 500 rocks!”
The Readings are on their way, as they have been for the past many years. They are all about the process. The process of getting better at what they do. The process of creating new songs from an idea, or melody. The process of recording songs that people will want to hear over and over. And the process of sharing their songs thru live performances, radio, video, the internet...and whatever other means come to pass in the future. If you look them up from time to time, you will find them...still having fun...and still on their way.
The Readings have performed for enthusiastic crowds at corporate events, festivals, and clubs, and on numerous radio and television programs. They have played the Sundance Film Festival, opened for major label recording artists, and are equally comfortable in a full band show, in front of 10,000 fans, or an intimate acoustic performance for 50. They are very proud of their first video effort, “She Brings Me Down”, which is receiving rave reviews. It is viewable on their CMT.com artist page, at Google Video and You Tube, and on their website, www.thereadings.net.
View PERFORMANCE VIDEO at WWW.THEREADINGS.NET
Eric Reading: Lead/Harmony Vocals, Guitar
Chris Reading: Lead/Harmony Vocals, Guitar
Dru Buchan: Harmony Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Mandolin
Michael Bushnell: Bass Guitar
Tom Hoey: Drums & Percussion
One of Those Days—2002 (11 original songs)
Everyday Life—2005 (17 songs)
Various songs spinning on internet radio, international and local radio. Songs used in television programming, cut by other artists, and used in corporate campaigns. Available at iTunes, TowerRecords.com, echomusic.com, and www.thereadings.net
Concert in the Park
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The Readings (pronounced Reddings) won the hearts of hundreds of music lovers at Bowling Green, Kent...The Readings (pronounced Reddings) won the hearts of hundreds of music lovers at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s annual “Concert in the Park” series, where the fraternal twin brothers shared their singing and songwriting talents with over 600 old and new fans.
The Readings created their own mini-tour as the indie artists and their loyal fans from far and wide made the trip to Kentucky for this latest performance. The Bowling Green audience quickly joined the growing ranks of The Readings’ fans, buying CDs at an astonishing rate.
Prior to the “Concert in the Park,” the duo dropped into the ABC television affiliate WBKO in Bowling Green for an on-air performance, as well as an interview with anchor Whitney Ray.
The interview touched upon many topics, ranging from The Readings’ background in San Diego to the nine years spent in Nashville, as well as their ten-year music plan.
Chris Reading referred to their “blood harmony” when describing how well the twins’ vocal sounds meld together. He also spoke of the Southern California vibe that inspires their songwriting.
Eric Reading discussed the duo’s status as independent artists and its benefits, including the ability to experiment freely with their music and work on projects that are important to them.
Both Chris and Eric are justifiably pleased with their two music videos airing on CMT.com, as well as their amazing impromptu performance for stranded Southwest Airlines passengers at Chicago’s Midway airport. Out of the hundreds of new fans garnered from that airport concert, many came to the Bowling Green performance.
Lucky fans can catch The Readings concerts in August at the Williamson County Fair in Franklin, Tennessee and at the Concert for The Cure at Nashville’s City Hall. The Readings have also been asked to open for Kenny Loggins with the Utah Symphony. Details of these events, along with other tour dates, are at www.thereadings.net.
The Readings latest CD “Everyday Life” is available through Nashville’s leading independent music distributor, echomusic.com and at towerrecords.com, iTunes and thereadings.net. Their most recent music video “She Brings Me Down” is available at thereadings.net or from Danker & Danker PR.
About The Readings
Chris and Eric Reading are a musical force to be reckoned with. Their very real, beautiful songs are stealing the hearts of Nashville, as well as fans across the country. As brothers and fraternal twins, they share the passion for their music, the family history of joy and pain, as well as the sensitivity to express their feelings. Their songs inspire people of all ages, as does their generosity of spirit. You can learn more about The Readings, their history, their music, their songwriting and their latest tour by going to www.thereadings.net.
About Danker & Danker Public Relations
Danker & Danker PR is a diversified talent, merchandising and literary agency with global contacts. For more information visit dankerpr.com or contact Deborah Danker at (615) 320-7453.
Enough material to do two hours of original and two hours of cover material.
Sample Cover Song List:
1. Won’t Back Down--Tom Petty
2. Learning to Fly--Tom Petty
3. Amie--Pure Prairie League
4. Southern Cross--Crosby, Stills, and Nash
5. No Such Thing--John Mayer
7. Speed of Sound--Coldplay
8. Meet Virginia--Train
9. Drops of Jupiter--Train
10.Sister Golden Hair--America
11.Horse with No Name--America
12.Running to Stand Still--U2
13.I’ll Be--Edwin McCain
14.Somebody’s Cryin’--Chris Isaak
15.Cuts like a knife--Bryan Adams
16.This Time--Bryan Adams
17.Learn to Fly--Foo Fighters
18.Take it Easy--The Eagles
19.Wave on Wave--Pat Green
20.Whatever Comes First--Sons of the Desert
21.Next 30 years--Tim McGraw
22.Anything But Mine--Kenny Chesney
23.Right Where I Need to Be--Gary Allan
24.If I Didn’t Love You--Steve Wariner
25.Much too Young--Garth Brooks
26.Fit to be Tied Down--Sammy Kershaw
27.Somebody Like You--Keith Urban
28.Don’t Ask Me How I Know--Bobby Pinson
There are no upcoming dates at this time.