Lou Reid and Carolina

Lou Reid and Carolina

BandAmericanaBluegrass

Dynamic vocals from one of the most well known tenors in bluegrass, and tremendous instrument versatility make Lou Reid and Carolina a contemporary bluegrass favorite!

Biography

Lou Reid and Carolina are riding high on the success of their new Lonesome Day Records album “Time.” This project is currently #4 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album Chart and #1 on the Top 30 Single Chart (“Time”)for the month of June 2006. The album includes band members Lou Reid, Kevin Richardson, Trevor Watson and Christy Reid among a who’s who list of guests including Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Ron Stewart, Jerry Douglas, Randy Kohrs and more.

Lou Reid was born on a tobacco farm in Moore Springs, North Carolina. He was surrounded by traditional music and took up the guitar at age seven. Lou held a youthful interest in rock and roll as well as country. Making music had a profound impact on the young Lou, and he found the combination of traditional tunes with progressive sensibilities a natural coupling. He made his home in bluegrass, bringing the best parts of these various styles of music with him. To this day, his music continues to mix the elements of bluegrass with the energy of rock and roll, offering a vibrant sound that still encompasses traditional values. As a musician, Lou is revered for both his distinctive high tenor vocals and instrumental prowess. As John Duffey once said, "Lou is the master of whatever you need done. There's just about no instrument he can't play.” Lou was critical in bringing vocal harmonies to the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music as a founding member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. He continued to earn acclaim with the Ricky Skaggs band. As lead singer and guitarist, he breathed new life into the already well-respected band the Seldom Scene (which he is still a full-time member as mandolinist). He recently became lead guitarist for the award-winning group, Longview, which plays select dates throughout the year. An able, if often overlooked, songwriter, Lou is the complete musician. With his band Carolina, Lou continues to further his reputation with his brand of driving North Carolina style music and stirring vocals.

Christy Reid was raised in prime bluegrass country, Union Grove, North Carolina. She was around music from the day she was born. Her grandfather, Dewey F. Dowell, Sr. was National Fiddle Champion at the First Union Grove Fiddler's Convention. Her parents enjoyed bluegrass music, frequently taking them to bluegrass events to see cousin Kent perform with the Country Gentleman. Both sides of her family were musically inclined, with her Aunt Lois Shumaker and Uncle Franklin Rash eventually forming a family band with their children, nieces and nephews. Along with Lois and Franklin, Christy joined cousins Andrea, Dirk, Jason and Darren to form the Grass Vibrations. The band was a favorite at local venues, and eventually recorded two projects together, much to the families delight. Playing and being around other groups soon led Christy to join the band, 220 Connection. The group was very successful at local conventions, and soon set their sights on the Pizza Hut Showdown contest. As the group Southern Drive, they went on to win the 2000 International Pizza Hut Showdown in Louisville, KY. Soon after that, former bandmate in 220 Connection and Southern Drive, Kevin Richardson, contacted her to try out for the new configuration of nationally known band “Carolina”. Christy and Lou Reid married in St. Augustine Florida, on April 12th, 2004.

Kevin Richardson has been playing guitar since he was five years old. Kevin’s incredible guitar skills were influenced by his early years listening to albums by the legendary Tony Rice. He joined a band with his father at an early age and has continued performing ever since. Kevin has won over 100 Blue Ribbons in Fiddler's Competitions across the southeast. His extraordinary talent has gained him studio work and guest appearances with well-known established bands. Kevin has been a fan of Lou Reid for many years and was thrilled when Lou invited him to join "Lou Reid and Carolina" in 2002. Kevin is also a great songwriter, and conspired with band mate Christy Reid in writing the title track to the band's last project that was well received. He has a remarkable gift, fantastic stage presence, and hopefully will continue to share it for many years to come!

Trevor Watson came from a musical family and was indoctrinated into the world of bluegrass at an early age. His Dad and Mom both played the banjo, along with other musical instruments and would have pickin’ parties. His Dad would always say Trevor had no choice but to love bluegrass, because he had absorbed so much through osmosis. Trevor began playing banjo at age 8 when his Dad built him a small-scale banjo. Before joining Lou Reid and Carolina, Trevor performed with “Blue Night,” “Foxfire Unlimited”, and was a cast member at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach.

Lyrics

Time

Written By: John Cadley

WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I DREAMED OF BEING OLDER.
NOW THAT I'M OLDER, I DREAM OF BEING YOUNG.
I DREAM OF A TIME WHEN THERE WAS NO TIME AT ALL, AND I WONDER, WHERE THE TIME HAS GONE.
WHEN I WAS YOUNG I DREAMED OF HOW I'D SPEND MY LIFE.
NOW THAT I'M OLDER, I SPEND MY LIFE IN DREAMS.
THE THINGS I'VE PLANNED I'VE NEVER DONE, THE THINGS I'VE DONE I NEVER PLANNED, AND ALL THE WHILE, IT IS LATER THAN IT SEEMS.

CHORUS:
TIME, YOU'RE NO FRIEND TO ME. AS YOU GO TICKING BY, I CAN HEAR THE ENEMY. EACH DAY YOU ADD A NUMBER TO THE THINGS I'LL NEVER BE, OH TIME, YOU'RE NO FRIEND TO ME.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG THE ROAD WENT ON FOREVER. NOW THAT I'M OLDER, I SEE IT ISN'T SO.
ONCE I TOOK MY TIME, NOW TIME HAS TAKEN ME, AND NO ONE HAS TO TELL ME WHERE IT GOES.

CHORUS

Discography

1993- Carolina Blue on Webco Records
1994- "Carolina Moon" on Rebel Records
1996- "Lou Reid and Carolina" on Rebel Records
2000- "Blue Heartache" on Sugar Hill Records
2003- "Carolina I'm Coming Home" on LRC Records
2005- "Time" on Lonesome Day Records

Set List

Lou prides himself on having a wealth of material to draw from. Going back to songs from "Carolina Blue"we cover any and all of the old LRC material and favorites from the most recent album as well. We try to please the fans, if they want Lou to sing "Poet with Wings" or "Heart of a Little Mountain Girl", or "Wait a Minute*" (hear audio cut), then that's what they get. We do at least 2 gospel songs per set, and have a very strong quartet with Lou's lead, Kevin's bass vocal, Trevor singing baritone, and Christy's high tenor. "Time", "Ain't No way of Knowing", "Mist of Memory", "Tennesse Backroads", "Mountain Way", "Before Your First Tear", and "Forever Ain't No Trouble Now" are standards from our recent album.