Will Thomas Reed Album Release w/ Sarah White & Skye Claire
Venue: IX Art Park Indoor Event Space
Address: 522 2nd St. SE Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 207-2355
Will Thomas Reed – Nashville-based, Virginia Native, Will Thomas Reed has been cutting his teeth in the music industry since the age of 13. Being a lover of all music, Will left East Tennessee State (on a Bluegrass Scholarship) to spend several years fronting his own rock project “Will Thomas Band”, then the opportunity came up to join full-time with the Grammy Award Winning Rock Band “12 Stones”; when they disbanded, Will moved on as Lead Guitarist for the popular rock group “Throwing Gravity” touring with a multitude of major label acts.
Burned-out, frustrated, and pulling further away from his Country roots, Will took a much needed break from the industry, to write, record and develop his own unique brand and musical sound – which blends Country Music with Americana and Classic American Rock-And-Roll, in a very modern way.
The new E.P. “To Whom It May Concern…” set to release globally on June 1, 2018, was recorded and produced in Nashville at The Cat Room and Brown Owl Studios with Brian Craddock (Daughtry) and mixed by Matt Ross-Spang (Elvis Presley, Margo Price, Jason Isbell), at the famed Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, and mastered by Brad Blackwood (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Sara Bareilles, Black Eyed Peas) at Euphonic Masters, is a brilliant blend of fun and emotional life-stories, but also showcases great songwriting and a wide array of dynamic musical influence.
“As a child, I can remember listening to George Jones on vinyl and thinking about how honest his voice and lyrics were; He told stories that would make you fall in love, break your heart, make you laugh or cry; such conviction in every song.” –Will Thomas Reed
Sarah White – Born and raised in the two Virginias, Sarah White’s musical style is as familiar as it is hard to define — not quite country, not quite rock, not quite folk — but a little bit like all of the above. A chameleon-like performer with ever changing line-ups over the last decade, White has grown into a talented songwriter with a sizable body of poignant, catchy, and moving songs, perfectly ripe for the taking. Backed by a full band including pedal steel, keyboards, and guitars, White heads into 2018 with a new album and a bigger, brighter and accomplished sound.
Sarah performs both solo and with the band and wields a well-worn Jumbo Gibson acoustic. She released early albums on the acclaimed Jagjaguwar label and won Best Song at the 2007 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. She has opened for Merle Haggard, Justin Townes Earle, Earl Scruggs, Will Oldham, Dave Matthews Band Caravan and was once named Best Songwriter in her hometown of Charlottesville. Recently White took home the winning prize at the Ashland Coffee & Tea Songwriter Shootout.
Her upcoming album, High Flyer, features eleven of White’s songs tracked with a slew of seasoned players including Daniel Clarke (k.d. Lang, Ryan Adams) on piano and keys, Charles Arthur (Slaid Cleaves) on guitars, and Stewart Myers (Agents of Good Roots), who also produced the album, on bass. Special guests include Dave Matthews (who sings with White on ‘Sweetheart’); Carter Gravatt (guitars) of Carbon Leaf; and Carl Anderson and Austin and Michael York of Sleepwalkers on vocals. Available August 3.
Skye Claire – Skye Claire’s love for music started at an early age. Born and raised in NYC, but heavily influenced by her family’s Texas roots, her edgy rock viewpoint on country music started to form when she wrote her first song at only twelve years old. She cut her teeth fronting rock bands and playing songwriter nights in her native New York, playing her first full band gig at NYC’s famous Bitter End at just sixteen. Once she graduated from the prestigious Wesleyan University, Skye’s passion for music took a front seat when she threw her guitar in her Jeep and headed for Nashville. Since making the move 4 years ago, Skye’s unique blend of swampy southern rock and bluesy pop have found a permanent home. She wrote every song on her first Nashville release, “For Better or For Worse”, and gained her first cut as a songwriter on Texas artist, John Slaughter, with “Kiss Like Whiskey”. With a new solo project in the works, and her single “Pawn Shop,” hitting the airwaves Fall 2016; she is poised and ready to rock out on stages across the country.
All Ages // $5 ADV // $10 DOS // 8 PM Doors // 8:30 PM Show
Proceeds to benefit PACEM