ABOUT LUKE GUY REED
“A breath of fresh air to the British Country scene.”Dave Street – BBC South
British Country singer / songwriter, Luke Guy Reed has acheived a great amount with his aclaimed, largely self penned, album, NO HAT. Glowing reviews in all the UK Country mags, solid support from DJ's across the UK, Europe and increasingly the world, interviews on radio, TV and press.
Luke was born and brought up on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. Like most youngsters, Luke took a keen interest in the music of the day, and as a teenager listened to The Beatles, Stones and later his favourite band, The Eagles. However Luke was unusually interested in country music at a very early age and listened to and played the songs of Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatts, Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Buddy Holly, and The Everly brothers and later artistes such as Waylon Jennings, Kriss Krisstoferson, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. He was getting noticed on the music scene and it was not long before local musicians from Brian Munro's "Union Pacific", approached Luke to front the band while Brian took a break due to illness. Luke remembers well his first songs with the band; ‘You Win Again’ and ‘Ring of Fire’.
After several months Brian was able to return, and at this point Luke formed his own outfit, going out as "The Renegades", with Keith Shilcock and John Mansell. He later worked with a variety of musicians to make up the band including Carl Barnwell from "Mathews Southern Comfort", Pick Withers From "Dire Straits" and members of Charlie Dore's "Back Pocket Band", including Keith Nelson a multi talented session player who instigated Luke's song writing. In the late seventies a severe accident took Luke away from the British country music scene. In the late eighties he decided to go to North America to pursue his interest and connections in the Native American culture, travelling extensively throughout the USA and Canada.
In the mid nineties Luke decided to settle back on the Isle of Wight and resume his musical career. He met up again with Keith Shilcock from the Renegades, and they started playing as a duo. Luke also started work recording some of his self penned songs at the Music Pool studios with Volker Katt on the Isle of Wight. During this period, Luke met Dave Hayward of D.H.Studio, who at the time was playing with "Marietta Station" as a session pedal steel player. Dave did some additional work on the original recordings and Luke's first five track CD "If It Feels Good " was released. Luke and Dave continued to work together and recorded the live backing tracks that Luke uses in his solo act.
Luke's exposure was boosted after appearances at "Brean Sands" and "The Luton Country Music Festival" and the bookings in clubs, festivals, and theatre's thoughout the UK increased rapidly for this very popular solo artist, including excellent interview and air play coverage on radio. Since those early day's "Luke" has maintained his popularity throughout the UK and it has now spread to Europe , Australia and North America.
The No Hat Album was originally released across the UK/Ireland on Solent Records on June 16th 2003 with full national distribution by NOVA / Pinnacle, making it available through all independent and chain store outlets for a year.
“This good old boy aint done yet! Though currently not much in the way of live gig's, however, I have not been entirely idle. Some considerable time has been spent making the new album containing some new material from myself and after so many requests to do more "Waylon" songs, 50% are just that, plus a great number from my songwriter colleague in Norfolk, "Frank D Howe". Barry Tomes has shown interest and has invited me on to, "Gotham Records as "Solent Records” have now retired. Also, Kevin White of Willow Songs has taken up my publishing. I also made a new friend in the business of "production & mixing" and "out of the blue" introduces Andrew Jones doing a great job for me.”