Acoustic, Alternative, Country, Singer/Songwriter
Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist
Gary Reed’s music is an intriguing mix of fingerpicking guitar playing, reminiscent of the finest 1960’s blues guitar players, and heartfelt lyrics that tell tales of love, loss and longing in the best tradition of John Hiatt, Jerry Jeff Walker and other noted tunesmiths. Little wonder Reed was a regular player at New York’s Bitter End, Folk City, Café’ Wah and Max’s Kansas City during the ‘60s and ‘70s before moving to San Francisco and becoming a regular on that festival scene. He has opened for some great players such as: Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Joe Walsh and Jeremy Steig.
Now based in New Jersey, Reed’s powerful, songs and ardent presentation underscore the musical passion that has fueled and refined his music through the years. Today, Gary has reemerged as an accomplished and contemporary
Influenced by great players over time from the early blues men like Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Mississippi John Hurt and Big Bill Broonzy, to next generation players as Meryl Travis, Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau, Doc Watson and Jerry Reed and then performing with current players Leo Kottke, Laurence Juber, John Knowles, Duck Baker, John Miller, Wil Ackerman, Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Hedges and many others.
In the mid seventies Gary moved to San Francisco and became part of the acoustic music scene. He easily gravitated to the west coast fingerstyle way of guitar playing and performed widely in the San Francisco clubs, up and down the peninsula and East Bay. Gary became part of the music festival scene performing at some major venues such as the Vancouver Folk Festival, Black Point Festival, Puget Sound Festival, Santa Cruz Music Festival and many local music events.
Today, Gary is active again and enjoying playing his great guitar arrangements and original songs at clubs in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. He was honored to be a featured/main stage performer at the 2001 Chet Atkins memorial service in Nashville. Also he was a guest performer at the New Jersey Guitar Show in Great Gorge playing along side of Les Paul, George Benson and other premier NJ guitarists.