Emery Reid and Shady Appalachia
One Fall afternoon three awkward eighteen year olds met for a jam outside a dorm at Radford University. Lodi, Virginia native Emery Reid was blessed to be one of them. The Blueweeds, as they came to be called, combined the purebred guitar and solid gold bluegrass banjo stylings of Ben Gilmer (Lebanon, VA) with the love-in-suffering, set-free mandolin sounds of Levi Dean (Fredericksburg, VA). At first Emery’s guitar contributions were of a percussive nature but he soon learned the G-runs and Dylanesque strumming suited to his band mates’ canter. Most of all it was the experience of songwriting that has stayed with Emery and he is ever aware of the influence these two friends and fellow dreamers have had on his music.
Rock and roll, bluegrass, folk, and progressive elements are all manifest in Emery’s latest project, Shady Appalachia. Accompanying him on mandolin is Blake Collins (Bristol,TN): a talented, ever-in-demand guitar teacher and member of the Hey Boys and These Undowners, as well as Abe McConnell (Damascus,VA): a smooth-cruising bass fiddler and founding member of Damascus, Virginia’s own Christian phenomenon, Handmade.