Dennis Roger Reed

Dennis Roger Reed

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"Singer-songwriter Dennis Roger Reed has a scratchy but tuneful tone that can recall folk-rocker Peter Case's more subdued moods, or parallel the broken, reedy sound of Jerry Garcia. The best songs offer lovely melodies and uncommonly intimate expressions of hurt." ~ Mike Boehm, LA Times.

Biography

Dennis Roger Reed, the California singer-songwriter has played for more than a decade on his own and with a variety of folk, rock, blues and bluegrass bands. Reed has performed a clubs such as McCabes, the Ice House, and the Fret House. He's shared the stage with talent such as Marcia Ball, Blue Rodeo, J.J. Cale, Rodney Crowell, Dick Dale, Dave Davies, Bo Diddley, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Pat Dona hue, Steve Gillette, John Hammond, Doug Kershaw, B.B. King, Rose Maddox, John Mayall, David Nelson, Little Richard, the subdudes, Mick Taylor, Ian Tyson, and Joe Louis Walker. Red has traveled and performed throughout the US and Canada at folk and bluegrass festivals, including the High Sierra Festival, the Prescott Bluegrass Festival, the Bitter Root Bluegrass Festival, the Tucson Folk Festival, the Doheny Blues Festival and many others. He has released 6 CD, two with the progressive bluegrass Andy Rau Band, and two with roots rockers Blue Mama. He has two solo CDs, "Little King of Dreams" and "Cowboy Blues".

Mike Boehn, LA Times pop music critic, has written "Reed's songs feature the deft, pithy descriptions of the flatlands, desert communities and little mountain villages, in which themes of love and small-town living are entwined. He has simple stories to tell about the raw feelings of people who hold tightly to tenuous strands of love, or who see the need to let go but can barely face it." Chris Powers, WORT-FM, Madison, Wisconsin says "Reed's songwriting has an immediate appeal, inventive and catchy, its message clear and plain-spoken. I'm always on the lookout for new music--on the show I play bluegrass, newgrass, new acoustic music, a little acoustic swing, some old-time tunes, and anything else that might happen along. It's refreshing to find an artist who sound fits the show and yet sounds different from everything else out there.

Reed has done live radio concerts onKPFK in Los Angeles, KPCC in Pasadena and KSBR in Mission Viejo. His recent recordings have garnered airplay throughout North America, Europe, South America and particularly in Australia. Reed sings and plays acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin and bass. he has been featured in magazines such as Bluegrass Unlimited, and Acoustic Musician, and was the subject of a feature article in Bass Player Magazine. Numerous positive reviews of his live performances and recordings have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Blues Access, Dirty Linen, Blues Revue and Living Blues.

Discography

Little King of Dreams
Cowboy Blues

2 albums with the Andy Rau Band

2 albums with roots/rock/blues band Blue Mama