Graham Reid | | 3 min read
Reed is a conduit for the great soul voices of the past -- Sam Cooke, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and others -- but he brings deep understanding and genuine enthusiasm to his originals in the soul-style which sets him apart.
Boston-born, he learned his craft in Clarksdale in Mississippi (the home of the blues) and then in Chicago, and he has a tight and one-punch band to back himn up. He is a thrilling live perfomer too as You Tube clips attest, so the good news is he is coming to New Zealand for some shows. (Dates below)
But before then he took time out to answer the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire.
The first piece of music which really
affected you was . . .
Probably something my dad played around
the house when I was growing up. He would sing songs like I'm a
Pilgrim or Red, River Valley. There was always
music around my house growing up. The first music I ever bought for
myself though was Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart, The Whiskey
Ain't Workin. I was probably 9.
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role
models in music were . . .
I guess my Dad? Later on it was Ray
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana,
Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
None/All of the above? All are worth
listening to at least once except for Lady Gaga, who should not be
included in the company of the rest.
If music was denied you, your other
career choice would be . . .
I'd probably do what I was planning on
doing which was some sort of work in cultural anthropology or
The three songs (yours, or by others)
you would love everyone to hear are . . .
Wow that's a tough question. The answers could change drastically tomorrow but for now they are: Conway Twitty - Making Plans; Jimmy Lewis - Ain't No Man that Can't be Caught; and Willie Nix - Just Can't Stay
Any interesting, valuable or just plain
strange musical memorabilia at home?
Lots of all of the above, but mostly
records. The weirdest thing I have is probably a King Biscuit Flour
bag from the company that sponsored Sonny Boy Williamson's radio show
starting in the 40s, King Biscuit Time.
The best book on music or musicians you
have read is . . .
Deep Blues by Robert Palmer or Sweet
Soul Music by Peter Guralnick.
If you could get on stage with anyone
it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Bobby Womack and we'd play I've
Come a Long Way.
The three films you'd insist anybody
watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Eh, I'm a musician, I'd rather define
myself through music than through film. I like The Big Lebowski,
that's a good movie.
The last CD or vinyl album you bought
was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
I'm not really a downloader, I just
bought a copy of Timmy Thomas' Why Can't We Live Together LP at Charlemagne Records in Birmingham, AL.
One song, royalties for life, never
have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which
wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
I'm not sure I understand the question
but if I guess you're asking if I could have written one song to get
the royalties for life what would it be? Probably like Lust for
Life, I'd be a millionaire.
The poster, album cover or piece of art
could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
We have a big French poster from the
movie Gone with the Wind in our bedroom now and I'm ok
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it
is of . . .
Not in to tattoos really.
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's
all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
Exactly what I'm doing now, touring the
world playing music.
And finally, in the nature of press
conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best
Because it's the one that just came out.
Eli Paperboy Reed with special guests tour dates
Friday April 29 -- Galatos, Auckland
Saturday April 30 - Bodeg, Wellington