Once again…I’ve dropped the ball. Eli “Paperboy” Reed? Where have I been? And he’s from Boston? WHAT?! Unreal. I need to up my game.
Reed’s music is RIGHT up my alley…well…my R&B/Soul alley. He’s got a voice that brings me back to my childhood…when all my folks would listen to on the radio was “OLDIES“. I NEVER would have guessed these Motown-inspired sounds would be the product of a skinny white boy from Boston. NEVER. He’s got pipes! I’m sold. Oh, and you can also catch “Paperboy” lending his talents to a Basement Jaxx track on their latest album Scars called “She’s No Good.” So I guess he’s up my DANCE alley as well!
The first single, the album’s title track “Come and Get It” (released June 1st in the U.S.) sounds like it’s from another time. While Reed may be new to me, he’s not to the music scene. In fact, he already has two independently-released albums, Sings Walkin’ & Talkin’ & Other Smash Hits! and Roll With You (the latter I just ordered on Amazon). Eli “Paperboy” Reed makes his MAJOR-LABEL U.S. debut on Capitol Records (Polydor in the UK) on August 10th. Produced by Mike Elizondo (Eminem, P!nk, Gwen Stefani) Come and Get It has that retro-vibe all the while keeping current and evading the soul-LESS sound that so many contemporary artists often succumb to, trying to mimic that iconic 60s/70s Motown sound. Reed’s vocals are smooth, soulful with a contemporary feel and I am [NOW] a fan.
This guy has been blowin’ up over in the UK (his album was released last month), even being nominated for a 2009 MOJO Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. Wow!
What’s more, Reed is coming to Boston tomorrow! Crap hat! I bet it’s sold out. I bet this guy puts on a show! The tour kicked off in New York City at the Mercury Lounge on June 3rd and takes Reed across the country, ending the tour in LA. Looks like I’ll have to catch him next time! To tide you over check him out here playing Jools Holland in 2008.
June 3 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
June 10 – Middle East – Boston, MA
June 11 – North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
June 12 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
June 13 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
June 15 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
June 17 – Sundown In The City – Knoxville, TN
June 18 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington DC
June 19 – The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
June 23 – KPRI event – San Diego, CA
June 24 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
Check out what the fabulous British press has to say about Reed (they CLEARLY love him):
“Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed’s first major label release is as potent a classic R&B set
as this century is likely to deliver… recognition flashes might suggest Otis Redding,
Wilson Pickett or Sam Cooke, but this is absorption and reimagination, not imitation…
this is one ‘Paperboy’ who delivers.” (««««)—MOJO
“Everything here is expertly performed, and Reed has a raspy, yearning voice that recalls Wilson Pickett, or on the breathless ‘Just Like Me,’ a rougher Marvin Gaye.”—The Guardian
“…his voice has become a powerhouse somewhere between Al Green and Otis Redding.”—Q