On the drive home the other day I managed to catch the tail end of Fresh Air on NPR. My timing was perfect to catch music critic Ken Tucker’s review of a new CD by Dan Reeder. Who is Dan Reeder? Well, yeah, that was my thought too when I first heard the name, but after hearing the small samples of his compositions during Ken’s review I decided that I had to have this CD.
Dan Reeder is a former Californian now living in Germany who is a painter that occasionally dabbles in music. He writes the songs, sings all the harmonies and manages to pull off what Ken Tucker calls “a kind of parody of the blues and R&B,” a music genre I’m not normally a big fan of. The simple tunes and solid harmonizing combined with the clever lyrics managed to snag my attention and pique my interest. Everything about this CD is home made by Reeder from the instruments to the computer he recorded them on to the artwork he created for the cover. What little I’ve heard so far is just amazing.
I have to get this CD.
It’s available from the Oh Boy Records homepage for $12.98 and will be available from Amazon.com in March for a couple bucks less. If you like checking out new and different music then you may want to check Dan’s CD out for yourself.