Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music educator Harvey Reid has honed his craft since the 1970's in countless clubs, festivals, streetcorners, cafes, schools and concert halls across the nation. He has been called a "giant of the steel strings" and "one of the true treasures of American acoustic music," and is considered to be one of the modern masters and innovators of the acoustic guitar, autoharp and 6-string banjo. He has absorbed a vast repertoire of American contemporary and roots music and woven it into his own colorful, personal and distinctive style. His 32 recordings on Woodpecker Records showcase his mastery of many instruments and styles of acoustic music, from hip folk to slashing slide guitar blues to bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, ragtime, and even classical.
Although Reid has been somewhat reclusive, his reputation as a musician's musician has spread far and wide. Even though he is not associated with any record labels or hype machinery--he was included on the Rhino Records Acoustic Music of the 90's CD, and his Steel Drivin' Man CD was voted by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the Top 10 Folk CD's of All Time, in company with Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez and other hallowed names. His music appeared on the blockbuster BBC television series Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland. He has been a featured act at many of America's premier concert clubs and festivals, including Merlefest, the Newport Folk Festival, the Troubadour Folk Festival, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Walnut Valley Festival. Radio DJ's and critics nationwide have discovered his remarkable recordings.
Reid's ground-breaking new series of Capo Voodoo books and recordings are the definitive guides to the fascinating world of partial capos, and his unveiling of the Liberty guitar tuning in 2014 marks an important new discovery in the guitar fingerboard and a landmark in guitar education. Reid is currently finishing a very ambitious series of music education projects that now includes almost 30 books, including the definitive chord books for guitar, banjo, DADGAD tuning, Orkney tuning, octave mandolin, baritone ukulele and mandocello.
Don't miss a chance to hear the Master Minstrel in concert or to hear his amazing recordings.