Lou Reid & Carolina are celebrating the holiday season with a digital single release of Christmas in the Blue Ridge. The band says, "Excited to present our first Christmas song! Christmas in the Blue Ridge is now available for download! Happy Holidays from Lou Reid and Carolina! The song features
Lou, Christy, Trevor and Skip..along with Ron Stewart on fiddle." The song is available for purchase at loureidandcarolina.com and available to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect.com. "Christmas in the Blue Ridge" was written by Lou and Terry Foust. The song is performed by band members Lou Reid (lead vocal, mandolin), Christy Reid (vocal, bass); Skip Cherryholmes (guitar, vocal); Trevor Watson (banjo) with guest Ron Stewart (fiddle).
The band has another brand new project, the 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home album recently released on KMA Records. The album is available at Amazon, Kmart, County Sales, CD Universe, and more retail outlets and available to radio programmers at airplaydirect.com. The 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” is also available in DVD format at the band’s website. This special concert event was filmed by Jerod Jacobs with "Six Foot Kitten" based in Salisbury, NC during an exciting live concert event held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.
Lou Reid and Carolina are based out of Union Grove, North Carolina. The band began in 1992, with it's sound largely based in traditional bluegrass roots with emphasis on dynamic vocals. The current band is no exception. Lou Reid anchors the band with his lead vocals. Lou is arguably the most recognizable voice in bluegrass music. He began his career with his first professional job as bassist 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 banjo..Skagg's "I'm Just a Country Boy". After working so many dates with Ricky, Lou decided to come off of the road to take the lead singer and guitarist position with The Seldom Scene. Working with John Duffey proved to be one of Lou's career highlights. 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 it's 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 18 years.
He has also managed to keep his band Carolina current as well as thriving. Lou is the consumate professional, a generous bandleader, and an all around entertainer. His vocal work on his latest album, Calling Me Back Home, is a testiment to the depth and feeling that have always been the underlying trademark of his music.
For more information on Lou Reid & Carolina, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com