David Reed ~ "Groove Music from the Caribbean to the Delta"


David Reed

David Reed | Solo






WAY BACK IN 1981, the extraordinary blues musician and recording artist Rory Block, after hearing him perform in an upstate NY coffeehouse wrote in a newpaper review:

"David Reed is an extremely competent, polished and exciting musician."

 AFTER ATTENDING a show in 2015, a fan took the time to post these kind words:

 "One of the many amazing things about David's music is that you will NEVER hear any song done the same way twice. Each song - each show - is like a sunrise you will only see once, yet remember forever, and will never see again."

 STRIVING TO LIVE UP to such high praise continues to be David's mission! His solo banjo-driven performance of True Religion became a show-stopper at the 2004 (Lugano, Switzerland) Blues to Bop Festival's Sunday morning Gospel Concert (held in a medieval church!) and his original song, Highway One, was a semi-finalist in the Newport Folk Festival Songwriting Contest that year. Reed received further international recognition when he and TrioTamboura were selected to be the first American band to play the (Bansko, Bulgaria) 8th International Jazz & World Music Fesitval in 2005.  Almost every winter since 1999, David enjoys being the easy-breezy house musician at world-famous Miss Lucy's Restaurant on St. John, USVI for a few months, where he is joined from time to time by stellar stateside and West Indian guest musicians.  

 ACOUSTIC GUITAR magazine portrayed David Reed, his gear and music in their April 2006 issue and Reed's rootsy, Dr. Easy, was tapped for the 2007 Oasis "Blues Sampler VII" CD. In March 2015, New England arts magazine The Artful Mind featured Reed, his music and CBGs as their cover story. 2016 found filmmaker/director/inventor Doug Trumbull (2001:A Space Odyssey, Star Trek: the Movie, Bladerunner, Close Encounters, Star Wars, developer of iMax) so impressed with one of David's live performances that he invited him to his MAGI studios to record a music video of the calypso tune Digby, a first endeavor for both that uses totally new video and sound technology that Trumbull hopes will "re-envison and reinvent the way movies are made and experienced".  (Digby and several more of David's videos can be found on YouTube at DoctorEasyMusic).

 THE MUSIC of David Reed? Rompin' ragtime, rollin' rock, boppin' blues, jumpin' calypso, skankin' reggae and shimmerin' NewAge stylings – that just about sums it up! An accomplished songwriter, finger-style guitarist and seasoned performer, Reed began in 2010 to build and perform much of his music with wonderfully unique and quirky cigar box guitars – "Doctor Ea$y's Sonic Boxes". This work got the attention of Cigar Box Guitar Review and they featured Reed in their July 2018 issue. David is also proud to be a founding member of Max Creek (1971), one of the nation's premier jam bands who is still playin' strong more than forty-eight years later, and whose music is accredited with the formation of Phish, moe., Mike Gordon Band and a host of other contemporary jam bands! Phish even ocassionally covers one of David's instrumental songs – Back Porch Boogie Blues.

  DAVID REED has been bringing a smile to the face and a beat to the feet of audiences young and old for most of his life. His previous three solo records, "Try It Again", "Eclecticity" and "Asleep at the Keel", have garnered positive reviews. In 2019, a brand new recording, "Gypsy Davy", spotlights some new songs, old songs, borrowed songs and blues songs - featuring David's latest band, The Introverts, "Doctor Ea$y's Sonic Boxes" and an exciting assemblage of Berkshire County musicians.