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AN in Depth Interview with Patty Reese

By Richard L'Hommedieu
In INDIE Blues Artist
Feb 5th, 2017
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Patty Reese is a fan favorite and critic’s choice in the Mid-Atlantic region and over the years and she’s collected enough WAMMIES (Washington Area Music Awards) to fill the a major DC pothole. Awards include Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Roots Rock Band and Vocalist as well as national songwriting awards.

Reese is excited to get her brand new and fourth release Let In The Sun out to the world. Patty’s previous release, Strong Medicine, (WAMA’s Album of the Year) held the #1 position on the AirPlay Direct Global Radio Indicator Charts™ (displaying the top singles downloaded for airplay by radio programmers) for 4 weeks and has been played on over 700 stations worldwide.

An acoustic and intimate house concert, rocking the house at the Birchmere, commanding a standing ovation at Maryland’s Strathmore Music Hall on the Woodstock tribute, that’s where you might have seen Patty Reese and you can be sure she was lighting the place up with uninhibited effervescence. Her strong songwriting, dynamic vocals and solid guitar work make her a powerful solo act — or add in a mega talented band of music vets and lookout below!

Comparisons have been made, that Reese claims as influences, including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan.

Proven a great match up with national Blues and Roots luminaries, Patty has supported many including Beth Hart, Delbert McClinton, Tab Benoit, Jimmie Vaughan and Dr John.

 Her January 2017 release Let In The Sun on the Azalea City Recordings label, just keeps delivering song after song with clever, timely subjects and solid musical prowess. Aside from the title track “Let In The Sun” other standout songs are “Awesome Sauce” incorporating a New Orleans “second line” groove. The song title itself is a good analogy for the mix of musical styles, love and energy that is delivered here. “Good Neighbor”, a song everyone can relate to, (you might find your head nodding yes and chuckling over the truth in this upbeat sophisticated shuffle) takes familiar thoughts and winds them unpredictably into a rant of the good and bad things about neighbors.

The CD features guitarist Jonathan Sloane; bassist Sonny Petrosky; drummer Andy Hamburger and Tommy Lepson (co-producer with Reese).

Says Reese:

“Music has always been my inspiration, my challenge, and a respite and safe harbor to express my sorrow, pain, anger, love, humor, and everything that makes us human. I’ve always had a strong desire to explore, grow and improve. I love the work of being a musician — meeting new friends and fellow music lovers, a life surrounded by musicians and fellow creatives, being in a new place every night — it’s always new, always fresh.

“This collection of songs is an honest representation of who I am, where I come from, and where my heart is. The Blues remains the rock on which I have built every song I’ve ever written. I also love to incorporate songs by artists that inspire me and this time it was Steve Earle and Bob Dylan.”

Her powerhouse vocals, strong work ethic and sharply honed songwriting skills have led her to the release of Let In The Sun, her most captivating work to date. Be assured, the future in store for Patty with this release is already bright.

 

 

 


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