San Luis Obispo Folk Music Society



Preston Reed live at Derby -s

Coming from Scotland, October 10 and 11


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Preston Reed


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Friday, October 10, Coalesce Bookstore, 7:00PM  ~  $20
Saturday, October 11, Castoro Cellars, 7:30PM   ~     $20


“… widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist”  
Total Guitar

“Spectacular… the best one-man show this reviewer has seen
since Bruce
Springsteen… A terrific performer” 
  The Irish Independent

“Remarkable…. Mesmerising…”   


“Question: when is an acoustic guitar not an acoustic guitar?

Answer: when it’s in the hands of New York visionary Preston Reed.” Total Guitar


Preston Reed is a one-man revolution. The 53-year-old New Yorker tweaks the nose of musical convention, pokes the eye of accepted wisdom, and burns the rulebook of the past. His unique style is impossible, unfathomable, unthinkable, as with blurred hands he taps, tickles, slaps and soothes his instrument, fusing polyrhythmic percussion with emotive melody to create a sonic landscape. Each piece is a symphonic tidal wave, yet Reed only needs one acoustic and ten fingers to send it crashing onto audiences across the planet.

Percussive fingerstyle master Preston Reed, who inspired such latter day flattop heroes as Andy McKee and Kaki King, returns to Coalesce Book Store as part of his U.S.A. tour, with a mind blowing new album!

Using the two-handed integrated percussive acoustic technique he pioneered in 1987, Reed fuses chord-based grooves, soaring melodic runs and polyrhythmic percussion that integrate the breathtaking potential of the guitar body.  Preston Reed doesn’t need a band. He is the band.

From Wikopedia:

Preston Reed learned guitar as a child on his father's guitar and, for a short time, studied classical guitar. When he was 16 his interest was rekindled by Jorma Kaukonen's acoustic guitar-playing in Hot Tuna. He took the guitar again and began to compose his own songs in the style of Leo Kottke and John Fahey.[1] His first public performance was at Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., in a concert with Allen Ginsberg.[2] His earliest notice came from gigs he played in and near Hartford, CT around 1978; rare tapes of Reed from this period playing solo and in various combinations have quietly circulated, but never been made public. He recorded his first album on a private Hartford-area label in 1979. He continued recording and performing and signed his first major label record deal with MCA Records with the help of his friend Lyle Lovett.[3]

Reed has played with various other musicians, spanning the spectrum between Linda Ronstadt and rock band NRBQ. He was featured on American radio and TV broadcasts. Between 1979 and 2007, he recorded 15 albums on several labels – mostly solo acoustic guitar -, guest-starred on other musicians productions, founded his own Outer Bridge label and featured on two solo videos. He has been commissioned for film soundtracks and a suite of original music for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.[4]

Reed moved to Scotland in 2000.




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