Joe LaMay & Sherri Reese - singer/songwriter, duo/trio performing Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass
JOE LaMAY likes to say he learned to play guitar in high school because he was "too short to play basketball." The truth is, as a young man he was bitten by the music bug through the songs of the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
It was through his interest in their music that he studied their roots and influences and began his retro-journey into the world of American folk music. Within this music he discovered the magical songs of the mountains, rivers, towns, people, and the vast plain of our rich and colorful musical heritage.
SHERRI REESE comes from a musical family. Her father played bluegrass and traditional country music all his life. She grew up hearing the melodies and songs of the Carter Family, Doc Watson, Reno & Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, and other mountain music.
She began playing guitar in her teens, and was drawn to the songs of Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Tom Paxton, Emmylou Harris and other folk music performers.When she began hearing the influence of roots music in their songs, she knew she had come full circle.
LaMAY & REESE met at a folk song gathering in 1998. They were drawn to each other's music and they soon began singing together. It wasn't long before they gained a solid reputation for their original songs and old-style harmony, as well as their well-honed repertoire of their favorite traditional and contemporary songs.
They are excellent festival and concert performers, as well as workshop leaders and participants. With Joe on his guitar, and Sherri on her banjo, their stories and songs resonate with their audience and their performances are sure to inspire the novice and please the traditionalist.
It has been said that Joe & Sherri "know a good song and write a good song." As a testament to their songwriting abilities, several of their original songs have been recorded and performed by other folk musicians and bluegrass bands, and they are perennial participants in festival songwriting workshops and concerts.
In support of their local community, Joe & Sherri host the monthly 3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie, the weekly Lake Cumberland Jammers, and the Somerset Songwriters group.
In recognition of artistic excellence, LaMay & Reese have been selected to participate in the Performing Arts Directory, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
LaMay & Reese have released eight recordings of their music.
Since 2004, LaMay & Reese have been contributing monthly music segments to Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Radio Show. Their twenty-minute segments feature songs and musicians recorded "live" in KY and on the road.