Review: Lou Reid and Carolina – Live At The Down Home

Lou Reid and Carolina’s 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home was released October 1, 2013 on the KMA Records label. The concert was recorded live in December 2012 at the Down Home venue of Johnson City, TN; for many years known as a venue delivering solid quality performances. This performance was no different as it delivered melodious vocals coupled with expertly driven instruments, all done in a way that just feels ‘down home.’

Lou Reid’s experience of over 30 years in Bluegrass bands shines through on songs like “Carolina Moonshine Man,” “Long Black Veil” and a song he’s been performing since 1982, “Heart of a Little Mountain Girl.” After years of playing various roles in bands such as The Seldom Scene with John Duffey, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and the Ricky Skaggs Band, Lou decided to start his own band. So, in 1992, based out of Union Grove, NC, Lou’s new band was born, called Lou Reid & Carolina.

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“Mountain Girl”

Some 20 years later Lou Reid, wife Christy Reid, Trevor Watson, Justin Moses and Kevin Richardson joined to produce Lou Reid & Carolina’s 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home. This collection of 12 timeless songs will keep that toe tapping endlessly in tune with the picks and persistent bass notes. From skillful picking in “Carolina Moonshine Man” and “Grass Lover” to the stunning vocal harmony of “Amanda Lynn” and “Heart of a Little Mountain Girl” this band’s 20 years of playing together pays off with another outstanding performance.

Lou Reid & Carolina’s skillful use of classic Bluegrass instruments while preserving the influence of the pioneers of Bluegrass make this one live concert that you don’t want to miss out on. So download it today and hear for yourself how great this album is!

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