Eli “Paperboy” Reed performs at The Hamilton Live in DC on May 6, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
If you go back in the history of roots music, you’ll find that genres that are harshly separated today were not so clearly distinct in an earlier time. Up to the ’50s and ’60s, country and folk were closely tied to blues, and the word often appeared in the title of country songs. In the late ’60s and ’70s, there was a distinct overlap between country and the burgeoning genre of soul music, centered on Memphis and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. (For a fascinating, book-length study of this, see Charles Hughes’ excellent Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South.)
Eli “Paperboy” Reed has dedicated his career to vintage soul sounds, but as he showed in his performance at The Hamilton Live recently, he’s a fan of old-school country, too.
Eli “Paperboy” Reed performs at The Soundry on May 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Eli “Paperboy” Reed headlined a pair of shows over last weekend at DC’s The Hamilton and its sister venue, The Soundry in Columbia, Maryland. The Brooklyn-based artist recently released a new album, 99 Cent Dreams on April 19 via Yep Roc Records, and he is on tour to promote it.
Eli Reed performs with the High & Mighty Brass Band at Rock and Roll Hotel on May 12, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Eli “Paperboy” Reed, joined forces with legendary High and Mighty Brass Band of Brooklyn to deliver a high-energy, soulful performance at Rock & Roll Hotel on Saturday.
Eli Paperboy Reed (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)
Eli “Paperboy” Reed teams up with the High & Might Brass Band for an album, Eli “Paperboy” Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band, due June 8 via Yep Roc Records. The man and the brass band meet for a tour beforehand, and they perform at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, May 12.