Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Reed Kirkwood’s byline line reads like a country song title: “Singer/songwriter and producer brewed in upstate New York, bottled in Nashville and drunk in New England.” But it says it all about this current Massachusetts resident. He sings, composes and producers his own music. He grew up in New York state, has recorded in Nashville and is enjoying life in New England. Here, you will get to know much more about Reed Kirkwood from Melrose, my Local Catch of the Week!

This talented “one man band” has just released a new song called, “Let Me Leave You.” And Reed was so intent on attaining a certain sound for the single, that he actually learned to play an instrument in order to capture that sound. It’s a testament to the producer side of this artist. At first listen, the opening of Kirkwood’s new release gives me all the singer-songwritery-Jim Croce kind of vibes. But, hang on, because the song builds. In comes the drums, the drama, the whaling electric guitar.

As you will learn below, Reed found music at a very young age and started playing around with a variety of instruments. That certainly serves him well when creating music. Writing songs came easy for this artist, as well. In fact, by high school, Kirkwood was performing his own songs in public.

His self-started story is inspiring, and his music is captivating. Get to know this Massachusetts multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and producer and hear his new song, right here. Reed Kirkwood from Melrose is my Local Catch of the Week. I believe you will find his brand of country, “spiked with pop production,” served on the rocks and driven by lyrics will keep you coming back for more.

Listen to the music, follow the artists and go see a show when you can. This is how you can support our talented New England singer/songwriters.

  • The Music

    “Let Me Leave You” This song is about that feeling when someone breaks your heart, and you’re so sad that you’re actually mad at them. There’s a little comfort in knowing that you’ll haunt them because they can never completely erase you from their memories. I wrote, recorded and produced this song entirely by myself at my home studio. This song was begging for lap steel guitar so it was the perfect chance to learn to play a new instrument.

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  • The Story

    • Grew up in: Marcellus, NY, a small 1-stoplight town near Syracuse
    • Now lives in: Melrose, MA
    • Current single: “Let Me Leave You”
    • What lead you to music: I’ve been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember, from singing along to Disney soundtracks, piano lessons and playing saxophone in the 4th grade concert band. But it wasn’t until I found my mom’s old acoustic guitar in high school that I taught myself to play Zeppelin and Metallica, and have been writing songs ever since.
    • How long have you been performing: Unless we’re counting my first piano recital in 3rd grade, I started performing my originals at local town events in high school. Since then I spent a few years playing clubs around Boston in a rock band before moving to Nashville to explore the writer’s rounds scene.
    • First country song you learned: Can’t remember, either “I Go Back” by Kenny Chesney or “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown band.
    • How would you describe your sound: Country songs spiked with pop production and the occasional gratuitous guitar solo.
    • Who inspires you: Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Chesney. Kelsea Ballerini
    • Dream duet partner: Morgan Wade, her voice and her lyrics are beautiful and raw.
    • All- time favorite country songs: “I Go Back” by Kenny Chesney, “Something Like That” by Tim McGraw or “That’s What It’s All About” by Brooks & Dunn. I’m a sucker for early 2000s country music.
    • First country concert: Chris Cagle & Mark McGuinn at the New York State Fairgrounds in the early 2000s.
    • If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: I’d be the proprietor of a food truck called Nacho Average Nachos. I’m just waiting for my midlife crisis before I switch careers.
    • Day Job: Project manager for a tech company. Super country, amirite?
    • Most proud moment: I had a brief stint making my own moonshine until I realized it was cheaper to just buy a bottle of bourbon. Oh, and it’s illegal.
    • Crazy thing that happened in your music career: I once performed a medley of “Jolene”, “This Kiss” and “Landslide” at a private party on an island in Sweden on ukulele the day after tearing my ACL.
    • Other things you like to do: When I’m not making music, you can find me hiking in NH, skiing in VT, cooking with my wife or in the backyard with my dogs, Bailey and Finley.
    • Fun facts: I have a lifelong love affair with Taco Bell and Labatt Blue. Queso is my kryptonite.
    • Mantra: If it’s not easy, it’s probably not worth doing.

     

     

  • The Social Network

    Be sure to follow Reed’s social media pages to keep up with new music, shows and more. Here are links to his network:

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  • Are YOU a Catch?

    Every week, Kruser’s Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.

    *Singer/Songwriters With Original Music: Please Submit For Consideration On The Local Catch By Emailing: Carolyn.Kruse@Bbgi.Com

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