Garth Reeves

Garth Reeves

BandRockAmericana

Honest and earnest rock and roll that doesn't hide its country roots.

Biography

After a long stint in the Pacific Northwest, Garth Reeves is relocating to New York City. Born and raised in Washington, DC, it's a return, of sorts, to his roots on the East coast.

He arrives in New York with his new album "Nothing But Time". It was two years in the making, and you might think that he and producer Jason Staczek (Chroma Studios, Shuggie) took the title literally. But what really kept them going - and going, was a mission. A mission to take no shortcuts and to follow the songs wherever they might lead. Using analog tape, an old Trident board, and a tight group of Seattle musicians they went on a quest for a sound. The journey has yielded a stunning and emotional record deeply rooted in tradition.

Although "Nothing But Time" is technically Garth's first solo album, it's his third as band leader, following up two successful albums with his Seattle-based Blue Spark. Joining him this time out are former band mate Jason Staczek on B-3, piano and production along with the cream of Seattle's roots scene; Pete Droge (Pete Droge, The Thorns), Rob Brill (Pete Droge), Jeff Fielder (Jeff Fielder, Sunday Morning Music), Andrew McKeag (P.U.S.A., Shuggie), Carrie Akre (Carrie Akre, Goodness), Danny Newcomb (Goodness), Myles Corbin (Glen Phillips), and Dan Tyack.

From the title track's SoCal twang to the hard driving lead off track "Out of Tune", this is music with purpose and with heart. A stunning reading of John Martyn's "Angeline" and the equally rich and emotional "This River" are centerpieces of a superbly crafted record.

Garth Reeves’ songs are timeless and his voice pulls you in to stories of love and loss captured in a heartfelt lyricism with layers of deep soul. Imagine Kris Kristofferson meeting Jeff Tweedy in a bar one night, knocking back a shot of Wild Turkey, then heading into the studio, and you’d come close to describing the sound of Garth Reeves’ music.

It's a sound that Garth is ready to take to the stage. The first and most recent Garth Reeves Band show was a guest appearance at the 2004 Farm Aid. After the recording hiatus, Garth is ready to deliver on the tradition of 110% passion that he is known for in venues across the west. It's about...time.

From 1995-2000, Garth Reeves played in one of Seattle’s best live acts, a diehard local favorite- Goodness. Goodness signed to Lava/Atlantic Records in 1996, then later to Immortal/Epic Records, and they are currently re-formed and playing upcoming dates around the Pacific NW.

Formed in 1998, Blue Spark began as an outlet for Garth's voice and songs that took on a more rootsy tone than Goodness. Blue Spark has toured the Pacific NW tirelessly, opening for The Jayhawks, Bobby Bare Jr., and Chuck Prophet while releasing two albums along the way, 1998's "Transmitter" and 2002's "Venus, Meet the Moon". Blue Spark was nominated in the Americana/Roots category for the Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle” issue in 2003.

Lyrics

This River

Written By: Garth Reeves & Phil Emerson

This River

I’ll take my chances on the river
The road is dark behind
I’ll build a boat to sail this fever
You can wait right here

You build the arms of you perfect lover
I’ll build a paddle to steer
And if I should drown beneath black water
You can find me here

It won’t be long now, till you come around
It won’t be long now, I will wait right here

So I’ve sailed beyond the mirror
The future is clear
And these stones that way my pockets
Leave me nothing to fear

Can you fly over mountains?
Can you swim the sea?
All these troubles that you’ve grown out of
They wait for me

It won’t be long now, till you come around
It won’t be long now, I will wait right here
(Repeat)

Sweet Marie

Written By: Garth Reeves & Jason Staczek

Sweet Marie
Garth Reeves & Jason Staczek (© 2006 Garth Rock Publishing, BMI)

I can tell that you are still young
By the way you hold your beauty like a gun
Roses on your hand, you have a plan

I can tell by the look in your eye
That you think I might be your kind of guy
No matter what they say, you’re reachin' for the sky anyway

Sweet Marie
You are drowning me
Sweet Marie
I am sinking in your sea Sweet Marie
I am lost and you’re impossible to me
Sweet Marie

There's days when you act like a child
Then you give away the woman when you smile
Independence day is still light years way

Sweet Marie
You are drowning me
Sweet Marie
I am sinking in your sea Sweet Marie
I am lost and you’re impossible to me
Sweet Marie

I know you think you’re a mystery to me
Hiding behind all your tattooed misery
Makeup eyes singing minor melodies
Holding out your hand, you could never be, my

Sweet Marie
You are drowning me
Sweet Marie
I am sinking in your sea Sweet Marie
You’re dragging me down
I am lost and you’re impossible to me
Sweet Marie

All Around You

Written By: Garth Reeves

All Around You

Don’t lock the door to your heart, honey
You can’t change night to day
You’ve got to find the key you’re looking for
Don’t throw your love away

Keep your eye on the light, an’ maybe
You can find a way
To heal the hurt you’re running from
Don’t let love slip away

All around you, wherever you may turn
Love surrounds you, begging you to learn
From all of the pain that is too hard to ignore
You’ve got to find the love you’re waiting for
Don’t lock another door

SOLO

Don’t waste you’re time on these rocks baby
They can’t hear you pray
You need a heart that’s strong and true
Don’t spend your love that way

All around you, wherever you may turn
Love surrounds you, begging you to learn
From all of the pain that is too hard to ignore
You’ve got to find the love you’re waiting for
Don’t lock another door

c. 2004 Garth Reeves, Garth Rock Publishing, BMI

Discography

Garth Reeves, Nothing But Time (2006)
Blue Spark, Venus, Meet the Moon (2003)
Blue Spark, Transmitter (1999)

Set List

20 minute support set to 90 minute headline set covering three albums of original material. Covers include Johnny Cash to X.