Review - Luke Reed
“Tried & True (Observations From the Big Circle)”
“These are songs about me, what I’ve learned and what I believe.” That’s the inscription on this album by its creator, the renowned songwriter Luke Reed. Following a fifteen year songwriting hiatus, you bet he’s learned a thing or two!
Reed’s song “Adobe Walls” is frequently listed among the favorites of Western Music fans. On this CD, a “live” solo performance, those same people are bound to find more favorites. Guaranteed there are future standards in this crop. “The Boys On The Bell,” “The Man On The Buffalo Nickel,” “Texas 287” and the poem “The Hat” may well be among them.
For those not immediately familiar with Luke Reed’s vocal style, he operates basically in the Michael Martin Murphey sphere with a bit more grit. But Reed can move rather startlingly into other registers as the need arises. Witness his acapella Irish saga song “An Gorta Mor!” Compelling stuff.
Recommended. Twelve tracks.
CD: $15 + $3 s/h from Luke Reed's Music Box, Box 242, Cerrillos, NM 87010
- by Rick Huff