Hughesville, Md. – For the first time to Southern Maryland, Lou Reid & Carolina will headline the American Legion Bluegrass Concert. Presented by Jay Armsworthy and the Sons of the American Legion, the show starts at 2:00 pm, March 11, at the American Legion Post 238 on the corner of MD Rt. 381 & Rt. 231 in Hughesville, MD.
Lou Reid and Carolina are based out of Union Grove, North Carolina. The band began in 1992, with its sound largely based in traditional Bluegrass roots with emphasis on dynamic vocals. Lou Reid anchors the band with his lead vocals. Lou is arguably the most recognizable voice in Bluegrass music. He began his career in 1979 with his first professional job as bassist, lead and tenor vocalist for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. After three albums with Quicksilver, he took a very prominent position with the Ricky Skaggs Band, playing many different instruments and providing back-up vocals. He played banjo on the first number one country hit that featured the banjo. Skaggs’s, “I’m Just a Country Boy”.
After touring 250 annual dates per year with Ricky, Lou decided to come off of the road to slow down a bit and take the lead singer and guitarist position with The Seldom Scene. Working with John Duffey proved to be one of Lou’s career highlights. As a teenager and learning to be a bluegrass musician, John gave Lou insight into singing that Lou still calls upon today. After spending six years with the Scene, Lou went off to work in Nashville with some of the top traditional artists of the day, Vince Gill and Vern Gosdin. He also decided to start his own band with lifelong friend Terry Baucom. The result was Lou Reid, Terry Baucom and Carolina.
After putting out two very successful albums, “Carolina Blue” and “Carolina Moon”, Terry left the band to pursue his own career. In 1996, John Duffey passed away suddenly, leaving the Seldom Scene without its heart and soul. Ben Eldridge wanted to keep the Scene on the map, and bringing Lou Reid in to take John’s place as mandolin player and tenor singer seemed the right thing to do. Lou has now been with the Seldom Scene for a combined total of 25 years. He has managed to not only keep his band Carolina current, but thriving. Lou is the consummate professional, a generous bandleader, and an all-around entertainer.
Opening the show will be Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) nominees, King Street Bluegrass. They are a kickin’ acoustic mix of Traditional Bluegrass Country and Folk music with some spicy originals thrown in. They have a way of endearing themselves and connecting to their audiences.
Quoted from Bluegrass Spin Magazine- “Their collective love of making music can’t help but wash over the audiences…this band gets it right by producing just the right blend of instrumentation and vocal harmonization to create a Bluegrass sound that is pure magic to the ears.”
The doors open at Noon at the American Legion with food available for sale by the Sons of the American Legion. The show starts at 2:00 pm and tickets are available at the door for $20.00 per person, under the age of 12 admitted free with a paid adult. Although not required, non-perishable food donations will be collected for the Helping Hands Food Pantry of Southern Maryland. For more information on the show, please call 301-737-3004 or visit the website at www.americanlegionbluegass.com.