46 Long
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46 Long

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | SELF

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2001
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"Citybeat reviews "Tennessee""

Eclectic acoustic Blues duo 46 Long is set to release its latest full-length, the dynamic Tennessee, featuring 10 “songs of murder, sex and love,” this Friday at downtown’s Arnold’s Bar & Grill. Showtime is 9 p.m. and the shindig is a free one.
Though “dynamic” and “eclectic” might not be the first words to come to mind when you think “acoustic Blues duo” — all three words suggest inherent limitations — 46 Long is both of those and more. Eschewing Blues clichés while still staying fairly faithful to the music’s rich tradition is a difficult balancing act to pull off, but Tennessee finds the twosome subtly integrating sounds from a broad spectrum of influence without losing their core, distinct sound. In the end, it’s one of the more creative Blues releases you’ll likely hear all year, yet the detours and tangents shouldn’t deter (most) purists.
On Tennessee, Blake Taylor (who primarily sings and blows a mean harmonica, though also contributes keys, percussion guitar and, uh, “crowbar” on the album) and Jonathan Reynolds (who sings and plays guitar while also providing bass and percussion) start things off with the stanky groove of “More,” then take the listeners through deft interpretations of gritty, Delta-esque Blues (like the title track), gruff Tom Waitsian eccentricity (“Lock It Up or Lose It”), full-bodied, swaggering AltCountry (a cover of the Starkweathers’ “One for Her, One For Him”), boogying Lyle Lovett-like Swing (“Don’t Drink”) and stompin’ Garage Rock (“Something Strange”).
Other standouts on Tennessee include a sparsely percussioned take on Morphine’s “Thursday,” and “The Best Revenge,” a dark, ominously atmospheric track that’ll send creepy shivers up your spine.
The recording is refreshingly natural (with only some distortion here and there to add shadowing), the perfect setting to wrap your ears around the duo’s ace musical skills. Taylor once again proves he’s one of the best Blues harmonica players in the region, playing the mouth harp like a saxophone, a vocal part, a rhythm guitar or pretty much any other instrument you can think of.
If you’ve given up on the Blues because you think you’ve heard it all before, pick up Tennessee and let 46 Long show you otherwise. - Citybeat Magazine


"Cincinnati Enquirer Reviews Off the Rack"

Let's Face it, blues can be a conservative genre. [Off the Rack} is a creative collection that takes chances, breaks the blues mold and is full of wonderful surprises. A delightfully gritty listen. Their sound is anchored by Taylor's soulful, yearning harmonica work. - Rick Bird - Cincinnati Enquirer


"Citybeat review"

"Together, Taylor and Reynolds form a solid, soulful core that packs more passion and heart in a simple "acoustic duo" setting than most full-on Blues outfits...their presentation — acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica, sparse percussion — has a natural, bare vibe that is incredibly magnetic to the ears. Acoustic Blues players may be a dime a dozen, but the strong songcraft and singer/harpist Blake Taylor's unique, masterful playing style (he uses the harmonica as both a rhythm and lead instrument) give them an edge over the competition. - CityBeat


"Cincinnati Post"

"Great harp playing; dark, delightful storytelling, and intricate guitar work... Taylor's rich baritone vocals are nicely complimented with Reynolds' more twangy, rugged singing...great harmonica-driven, toe-tapping Blues"
Rick Bird -- Cincinnati Post
- Cincinnati Post


"Citybeat review"

"Together, Taylor and Reynolds form a solid, soulful core that packs more passion and heart in a simple "acoustic duo" setting than most full-on Blues outfits...their presentation — acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica, sparse percussion — has a natural, bare vibe that is incredibly magnetic to the ears. Acoustic Blues players may be a dime a dozen, but the strong songcraft and singer/harpist Blake Taylor's unique, masterful playing style (he uses the harmonica as both a rhythm and lead instrument) give them an edge over the competition.

- Mike Breen - CityBeat


"Cincymusic Review"

"Reynolds and Taylor have found a very natural partnership in 46 Long, creating a unique groove to call their own. Trading vocals and effortlessly weaving together guitar and harmonica, they imbue their performances with passion and craftsmanship."
Tara O'Donnell -- Cincymusic.com
- Cincymusic.com


"Jason Ricci"

"Blake's harp playing is really good in that he has a ton of chops a lot of tone and a great idea when to play acoustic...Blake's got the over blow thing going on articulate bends and a great sense of time and phrasing...The part I really liked and surprised me was the songwriting and singing! Fuckin' My Baby's Away" rules lyrically I had to check to see if that was their tune or what, cause that is just so catchy and sophisticated and great feeling."

- Jason Ricci - Eblood.com


"Cincymusic Review"

"Reynolds and Taylor have found a very natural partnership in 46 Long, creating a unique groove to call their own. Trading vocals and effortlessly weaving together guitar and harmonica, they imbue their performances with passion and craftsmanship."
Tara O'Donnell -- Cincymusic.com
- Cincymusic.com


"MPMF Preview"

46 Long is an acoustic Blues duo featuring Blake Taylor on harmonica and vocals and Jonathan Reynolds on acoustic guitar and vocals. The chemistry between the two makes them sound bigger than they are, as Taylor creates harp lines that soar and lead as well as support and keep things tempo. DIG: Kick-ass harmonica playing, warm and intimate Blues. - Citybeat Magazine


"MPMF Preview"

46 Long is an acoustic Blues duo featuring Blake Taylor on harmonica and vocals and Jonathan Reynolds on acoustic guitar and vocals. The chemistry between the two makes them sound bigger than they are, as Taylor creates harp lines that soar and lead as well as support and keep things tempo. DIG: Kick-ass harmonica playing, warm and intimate Blues. - Citybeat Magazine


Discography

"All Tom's Fault" - June 2020

"Tennessee" - August 2012 (#77 album of 2012: WNKU)

"Off the Rack" - August 2010 (#59 album of 2010: WNKU)
"Time's Right" - August 2007
"Savor Every Second" - Jan. 2003
"46 Long" - August 2001

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NEW ALBUM - "All Tom's Fault" Released June 2020: https://46long.bandcamp.com/

Long known for high-energy acoustic Blues and jams, 46 Long is evolving into an even groovier sound as the years go by. Look for us to get loud and funky at our late night shows, sometimes with a drummer, and you can still dig the duo at Arnold's the first Friday of every month from 6-8. We've logging a bit of studio time, so keep your eyes open for some new, dark and groovy juice! We'll be posting videos and ripping some audio for your viewing listening pleasure soon! Check the audio and video links!

46 Long was nominated in the "original Music" category of the Best of Cincinnati awards, and Blake has been nominated in the "Best Musician" category! (2103 and 2014)

"Tennessee" released on August 3, 2012

"If you've given up on the Blues because you think you've heard it all before, pick up 'Tennessee' and let 46 Long show you otherwise." - Citybeat

"Sexy, with Blues and Jazzy overtones" - Metromix
"Edgy acoustic Blues" - Cincinnati Enquirer

"Taylor once again proves hes one of the best Blues harmonica players in the region, playing the mouth harp like a saxophone, a vocal part, a rhythm guitar or pretty much any other instrument you can think of. " - Citybeat review of "Tennessee"

* "Off the Rack" #59 on WNKU's top 89 of 2010
*"Tennessee" #77 on WNKUs top 89 of 2012
** Cincinnati Entertaiment Award nominees 2003, 2010, 2012
*** Midpoint Music Festival showcase performers 2009, 2010, 2015.

Find out why four mohawk-sporting punks crowding the stage at the 2009 Midpoint Music Festival were whooping and hollering and leading the cheers for....an acoustic Blues duo? Definitely NOT your usual Blues duo....You want 12 bar tales of woe? Sorry, that's not really our thing. We start with high-energy, soulful acoustic Blues and then take off from there. We'll get funky. We'll get Jazzy. We'll jam our butts off. Before you know it, you're moving your feet, and if you're lucky, you're having half as much fun as we are.

46 Long (Jonathan Reynolds Guitar/Vocals/happy feet, and Blake Taylor - Harmonica / Vocals / occasional nudity) has been supplying the greater Cincinnati area with high-energy semi-acoustic Blues since the spring of 2001. The duo released "Savor Every Second" in January 2003 and eventually went on to be nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award (CEA) for Best Blues 2003. In 2007, the boys released Times Right, also to critical acclaim.

46 Long released "Off the Rack" in Summer 2010, which brought them both their second CEA nomination, and the album came in at #59 on WNKU's top 89 of 2010 - right in between Charlie Musselwhite and Will Kimbrough. Damn fine company, we think. Along with a handful of originals, the album includes nine of the band's favorite covers, including Blues classics from the likes of Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf as well as original arrangements of songs from artists such as Morphine, Tom Waits, and Nina Simone.

Another CD of original tunes, "Tennessee," Was released August 2012

46 Long promises a good time and a professional attitude. We've spent enough time playing music and have seen too many bands who don't take their work seriously. We guarantee that we will be on time, courteous to all concerned, and play to the best of our ability at every show. Simply put... no B.S. or music egos.

Sure, there are other guitar/harp Blues duos out there, but somewhere since our beginnings in 2001 as an acoustic Blues group, we've become something different. We hope you like it. We may be over-educated middle class white boys, but somewhere along the line we learned to throw down anyway. We want the groove just as much as our fans do, if not more. If you don't believe us, just give us a shot... if we don't deliver, hell, we'll buy you a beer.

Oh, and the name? Put it this way, at 6'3" and 230 lbs, Blake is the little one.

Come see us the first Friday of every month at Arnold's Bar and Grill!

Past and Present Venues include: Midpoint Music Festival; Cincinnati Winter Blues Fest; Arnolds; Southgate House; WNKU; Molly Malones; Paxton's Grill; Western and Southern Open; Ft. Thomas Pub, Mahogany's; East End Cafe; Coco's; Glendale Pub; Jazzmania; Ridge Day Festival; Acoustic Lunch Series at Piatt Park; City BBQ; The Madison Theater; Hamilton County Parks various venues, Starbucks; the Pendleton Gallery; and many other highly selective music venues....

Contact: 46long@gmail.com

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