Davidson, NC


The two principals of the James Reid Band, singer/songwriters James “JP” Connell and Reid Spencer, started performing together at Yale in the late 1960s. In the spring of 1970, they dropped out of school, moved South as part of the band Milkweed and toured the Southeast. After they recorded an album of original music in 1972, the band broke up, and shortly thereafter, Connell and Spencer lost track of each other for 40 years. A chance Internet search by one of Connell’s friends brought about a reunion in 2014, and the two musicians soon took up where they left off and began a collaboration that became the James Reid Band. Top musicians from both ends of the country joined them to record the CD “Breakfast at Sunset,” which was released in early 2016. The band played a pre-race show at Kentucky Speedway in 2018 and a pair of benefit concerts on Orcas Island in Washington State before beginning work on their second CD, “Tales Tall and Tender,” which is scheduled for release in late 2019.

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