Patty Reese

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Patty Reese

Biography

Winner of 11 WAMMIES, including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Roots Rock Vocalist!

After a standing ovation following her performance at the packed Strathmore Music Center during the recent Woodstock tribute, Patty Reese’s attitude with soulful expression and her powerhouse pipes proved a match for the likes of Janis Joplin and other prolific and important artists. Other comparisons have been made that Reese claims as influences, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Patty Reese performs more than 250 dates a year, released a WAMMIE award-winning album “Here and Now” and has garnered multiple songwriting awards over the years. Her powerhouse vocals, strong work ethic and honed songwriting skills have led her to the recording of her best work to date Strong Medicine.

On her recent CD, between acoustic guitar-accompanied story songs and powerful songs backed by a full band, Patty puts all of her crafts to work. The title track, Strong Medicine, tells of the healing power of love with a beguiling, smokey vocal performance over a blues groove reminiscent of Al Green. “Last Call for Love,” a closing time, slow dance anthem is perhaps the most revealing of Patty’s style—direct sincerity with a soulful delivery. Crowd pleaser “Who’s Got Your Back” resonates soundly as the song’s roots, rock, surf, and blues tones are juxtaposed with the lyrics “gospel truth.”

Among the originals by Reese also are three tracks—all standout unique versions of other artists’ songs including “Keep Me in Your Heart” (Warren Zevon), “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (George Harrison) and “Buckets of Rain” (Bob Dylan), which all perfectly showcase Reese’s intimate, tender and dynamic vocal range.

The CD features Reese’s outstanding band as well as special guest appearances by award-winning musicians and/or vocalists Deanna Bogart, Donna Britton, Nadine Rae, Jen Smith and Jay Britton.

Patty Reese

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Who are you? Where are you from?

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How did you get started in the music business?

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How much do you perform?

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Where do you write your songs?

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Who are your influences in music?

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What do you drive?

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When is your next CD coming?

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Videos

Last Call For Love

MUSIC & SONGWRITING AWARDS

Winner of the 2009 Washington Area Music Association Awards in the following Catagories:

  • Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year,
  • Roots Rock Vocalist,
  • Roots Rock Band,
  • Roots Rock Recording, Washington Area Record Company-Azalea City Recordings

BillBoard Magazine Songwriting Honors

First Place Winner in the Chesapeake Bay Music Guide Lyric Contest

Finalist in the MASC in the Blues/Jazz Catagory

Finalist in the Lamont Dozier Smithsonian Instititute/BMI/SAW Songwriter’s Showcase

Voted Best Acoustic Act of 2007 by the Music Monthly Magazine Reader’s Poll-Over 90,000 Readers!

Her song “Just Friends” was awarded Silver in the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition and “Who’s Got Your Back?” was a finalist in the Inspirational/Spiritual Catagory.

Along with years of accruing stacks of nominations for her vocals and her band, Reese was named 2002 and 2006 Best Rock Pop Vocalist, 2007 Roots Rock Vocalist and awarded 2004 Best Pop/Rock Album from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA).

  • Top 10 Winner TrueValue Hardware National Songwriting Contest
  • Northern CA Songwriter’s Association honors
  • Mid Atlantic Song Contest honors
  • WAMA nomination for 2004 Song of the Year

“The feeling that Patty puts in her music, her soulful, bluesy voice and her personality make her a staple at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival. I get hundreds of demo CDs a year. Patty’s new CD is my favorite.” —Don Hooker, Producer Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

PRESS

— Music Monthly Magazine

” — CHESAPEAKE BAY MUSIC GUIDE

Chesapeake Bay Music Guide

“When Wammie Award-winning artist Patty Reese takes the stage, it’s immediately obvious why she receives the critical acclaim that she does. She’s a very talented songwriter and guitarist, as well as a powerful and soulful performer…..a critic and fan favorite…is able to float effortlessly between genres of pop, blues, folk, jazz and rock with a style that is both dynamic and original…”

Maryland Musician

“Equally at home with the bluesy growl of Janis Joplin, the bowl ’em over dynamics of Melissa Etheridge and the smooth grace of Bonnie Raitt.”

Washington Post

“Patsy Cline-meets-Bruce Springsteen sound…”

Music Monthly

“….stirred in the cauldron of personal and performance experience, make her a triple-threat—une chanteuse extraordinaire. One special talent on the verge of a breakthrough…It is as if she were a female Dylan. The uniqueness and flexibility of her voice, combined with the maturity, polish, and professionalism of her song-writing,.stirred in the cauldron of personal and performance experience, make her a triple-threat—une chanteuse extraordinaire.”

THE BAND

Whether performing solo acoustic, duo, or with a full band, her whirlwind performance schedule keeps her in the spotlight. Patty considers herself fortunate to be sharing the stage on any given night with some of the most celebrated talent on the east coast including Guitarist, Dave Chappell, Bassist Sonny Petrosky, Keyboardist Brian Simms and Drummer Andy Hamburger

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
  • Linganore Wine Festival
  • Rehoboth Jazz Festival
  • Sunfest
  • East Coast Jazz Fest
  • Camden Yards – performing the National Anthem
  • City of Rockville Festival
  • California Expo and State Fair
  • Montgomery County Fair, MD
  • Mt. Shasta, CA Concert Series
  • Maryland Wine Festival
  • Baltimore’s Artscape
  • plus concert venues in Key West, Myrtle Beach,
  • Sacramento, La Jolla, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, NYC and more.

PATTY STARS IN ROCK OPERA

Patty Reese played the leading role in the Science Fiction Rock Opera “When ET Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” by composer James Levy. (www.JamesLevymusic.com) The show debuted at the Takoma Theater in Washington DC in October of 2004 and plans are in the works for an off-Broadway run.

Reese is often summoned to add guitar, vocals and backing harmonies to live productions and studio recordings for bands such as Crack the Sky, the Bobby Hird Band and Kyf Brewer. Reese also contributed her talents to albums for Ruthie and the Wranglers, Kyf Brewer, Naked Blue, Cary Zeigler, Crack the Sky, Junior Watts, Junior Cline, Tony Denikos and Kevin Klein on “Raven Maniac” the theme song recorded for the Baltimore Ravens

The future holds a new “Blues Album”  for Patty with Creative and Dreams Music Network.