"DOUBLE LUCKY BLUES is a clear winner. The first time I listened to these new performances by Bill Reid and his very polished Fewer Sorrows Band, I was driving down the highway. What a rich road experience! The standards have an original taste and the original songs, most by Texas writers, seem standard . . . classic. I'm a fan of Ray Wylie Hubbard's venerable "Snake Farm," but Bill's version brought fresh energy to the song, a style that makes it original to him and the Band. "Never Get to Memphis," by Alex Harvey (a Nashville writer who's moving back to Fredericksburg in a month or two), is a new take on the Elvis story. "Coffee and Old Men," by Austin Ladd Roberts, evokes tears and memories. Recorded by an outstanding engineer at the oldest continuously operating studio in Nashville, and mastered by music's very best in Austin, this record brought new favorites to these ears. Bill's unique voice comes out of years of history and experience, from opening for headliners in the 1960s to playing juke joints on famous blues Highway 61 in the 21st Century. The Texas Heritage Music Foundation is proud to showcase him each September at our Jimmie Rodgers festival on the Schreiner University campus. After performing and interpreting for over 50 years, Bill Reid is deep in his own life of music, living his version of The Dream. DOUBLE LUCKY BLUES is a great way for newcomers to meet the blues, and for the rest of us to say hello to old friends." -- Kathleen Hudson, Founding Director, Texas Heritage Music Foundation.
Bill's previous release, BLUES FOR LOST DREAMS, can best be described from the liner notes by Christine Albert, Vice-Chair of the National Board of Trustees, The Recording Academy: "A-list names and resumes...who fit his music and deliver in spades...playing with heart, integrity and respect for the music...(Bill) sings them like they're old friends, and the wonderful Fewer Sorrows Band holds them in the same high regard. I'll bet you'll hold Bill Reid just as high."
Bill's first album, THE FOLK SINGER COMETH, was released 'way back in 1964. In 2010, he recorded A PLACE INSIDE MY HEART, featuring two of his Austin Songwriter Competition winners and The Fewer Sorrows Band (at that time, Chris Reeves, Ron Knuth, Tony "Little Sun" Glover on blues harp, and background vocals by Christine Albert and Mike Blakely). His third album (with an evolved Fewer Sorrows Band) was COUNTRY BLUES AND STORY SONGS (2011), a great combination of hard blues, country blues, and ballads, some written by Bill and his friends. The band now features Bill Hullett, lead guitar; Clayton Ivey, piano; Glen Duncan, fiddle; Mike Douchette, steel & blues harp; Dow Tomlin, bass; Tommy Wells, drums; and J’Nae Fincannon, additional and background vocals. It was produced by Grammy nominee and million-seller Brian Collins (“Hello, Texas,” “Statue of a Fool”), recorded at Nashville’s Hilltop Studios (John Nicholson, engineer), and mastered by Jerry Tubb at the famed Terra Nova studios in Austin, Texas. His and the Band's fourth album, SONGS FOR MY FAMILY (2012), is all original songs for and about children. It's a fresh sound, part deeply personal for the kids in his life, and part universal for its children's appeal. Now (February, 2013) Bill and the Band have a brand new offering, BLUES FOR LOST DREAMS. Produced by Bill Hullett and arranged by the two Bills (Reid and Hullett), it brought pre-release raves from reviewers, including GRAMMY Board vice-chair Christine Albert. We think it's the best of the bunch, and we hope you do, too.
Liner notes from the artist: COUNTRY BLUES AND STORY SONGS, Bill Reid’s third album (his second for Fewer Sorrows Music), is a great combination of "hard" blues, country blues, and ballads ("story songs"), with both cover standards and songs written by Bill and his friends. Whether you're relaxing in the evening, driving to or from your job, listening at work, or just headed down the road, you're gonna like this stuff!
The album is masterfully recorded and produced. Bill does lead vocals and guitar backed by The Fewer Sorrows Band, one of the best in the business (Bill Hullett, lead guitar; Clayton Ivey, piano; Glen Duncan, fiddle; Mike Douchette, steel & blues harp; Dow Tomlin, bass; Tommy Wells, drums; and the Nashville Nightingale, J’Nae Fincannon). It was produced by Grammy nominee and million-seller Brian Collins (“Hello, Texas,” “Statue of a Fool”), recorded at Nashville’s Hilltop Studios (John Nicholson, engineer), and mastered by Jerry Tubb at the famed Terra Nova studios in Austin, Texas.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Bill Reid has been playing and writing music since before you were born. He's played blues with the best, folk with the folksiest, and Americana all over America. His first album, THE FOLK SINGER COMETH, was released 'way back in 1964. In 2010, he recorded A PLACE INSIDE MY HEART, featuring two of his Austin Songwriter Competition winners. Bill's performances are finger-style blues & Americana, Texas country, and good old folk music, at places like Luckenbach, Austin's Cactus Cafe, and other venues in the Southwest and around the country.
The second album from Bill Reid and the Fewer Sorrows Band (Bill Reid [vocals, guitar], Chris Reeves [lead guitar], Ron Knuth [fiddle, mandolin], and Tony "Little Sun" Glover [blues harmonica], with additional vocals by Christine Albert and Mike Blakely and additional instruments by Stephen and Sue Ann Meyer) has 12 cuts, six original (one a 2010 Austin Songwriter Competition winner and two that placed very well) and six covers (mostly blues standards & ballads). There's a lot of very fine blues and two good country originals, with a bonus-track lullaby (yes, a lullaby) written for Reid's granddaughter. Reid usually does solo blues & Americana gigs, but these folks work together as if they've been doing it since he started playing over 50 years ago. You're gonna like this stuff.
BILL REID likes to talk about himself in the third person. People hate that. He was born in a little shanty on the banks of . . . no, that was somebody else. He's a bona fide Texan, but he was never really poor, and never really struggled with anything except getting people to play his music. Over 40 years ago, he started playing for peanuts in Midwestern coffeehouses and blues joints. Nothing much has changed since then, but he has a much better day job.
Today, he's trying to make sense of electrified acoustic guitars (but refuses to put a pickup into his 1947 D-28), learning to play with others rather than always solo (no more leaving out a riff or forgetting a verse without anyone noticing), and getting ready to release a helluva CD (his first real album since the 1960s). Players like Chris Reeves, Ron Knuth, and Tony "Little Sun" Glover (not a Texan but one of the best blues harpists around) make him sound better than he is, as does Stephen at Timbre Lodge Recording Co.
Bill writes country, folk, and children's songs, and the occasional short symphony. Some of his best songs were written for his small granddaughter, June ("Junebug"). The lullaby "Good Night, Moon (Lullaby for June)" was downloaded over 30,000 times.
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