17/04/2024

Reed Foehl in Bellingham and Portland

reed-foehlGrace plants seeds of talent in every generation. But what becomes of it can’t be known until the lucky ones make their choices about how to use it. Down the road, those choices become their story, for better or for worse.

Reed’s clear tenor, emotional songwriting, and undeniable charisma as a front man launched Acoustic Junction in 1989, which developed a cult following in the jam-band era of the 90s. The band released six albums, a collaboration with Graham Nash, and was signed to Capricorn Records and later Mercury Records.

Making music with friends and seeing family all over the country fueled a tireless road schedule and devotion to high-energy performance and songwriting. But 10 years into Acoustic Junction, Reed found himself at a famous crossroad when his son, Jaden, was born: Would he continue the life of a road warrior, or be a father to his son?

Though his absence from the road may have kept him off the radar of many listeners, the industry continues to affirm Reed’s instincts. Country legend Lee Ann Womack’s September 2014 release leads with his song “Fly.” And the industry insiders who licensed, placed, and collaborated with Reed while he stayed home are already calling him about the what they’re hearing from his next record: Lost in the West.

Lost in the West is a soundtrack for the invisible cinema of the mind. It features seven songs combining Reed’s powerful lyrics and vocal performance set against wide-open landscapes painted with Stratocaster and Wurlitzer, creating a sound that is intensely emotive while still tender. These are songs to fill the long stretches of highway we seek on a sweltering Sunday with a foot easy on the gas and thoughts heavy on the mind, hoping to get Lost in the West.

A deeply talented and accomplished cast joins Reed as producers, performers, and co-writers on this record. Co-producers John Raham (engineer and drummer for The Be Good Tanyas) and Jefferson Hamer (Child Ballads, 2014 BBC Radio 2 award-winner) return after their first collaboration on Once an Ocean. John also delivers a masterful performance on percussion, and Jefferson’s varied guitar work shines throughout the record. Anaïs Mitchell (Young Man In America, Child Ballads, 2014 BBC Radio 2 award-winner) sings on “Rags and Bones” and “Four Lanes.” Frazey Ford of The Be Good Tanyas appears on “Caroline” and “Steal Away.” Reed co-wrote “Caroline” with Esmé Patterson, founding member of Paper Bird, and he teamed with Gregory Alan Isakov to write “Rodeo Clown.”

If you’re anywhere in the Northwest this week and you love great songwriting, you’re in luck because Reed is currently touring with Anaïs Mitchell. They will be coming through  Bellingham and Portland.  Check out the show details below and be sure to catch at least one.

Friday, September 12th
Reed Foehl w/ Anais Mitchell
Green Frog Acoustic Tavern
Bellingham, WA
Show: 6pm
$12
All ages

Saturday, September 13th
Reed Foehl w/ Anais Mitchell
Doug Fir Lounge
Portland, OR
8pm Doors / 9pm Show
$12-14
All ages

For more info on Reed Foehl click HERE

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