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Preston Reed

b. 1955, Armonk, New York, USA. Virtually self-taught in guitar (classical lessons were swiftly abandoned), Reed began playing seriously in his mid-teens and at the age of 17 supported beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institute. After becoming a professional musician, he worked in a variety of settings, gaining admiring audiences and respect from fellow musicians. He began recording in the late 70s, releasing a series of acoustic guitar albums on the Sky, Folkstudio and Flying Fish labels. Encouraged by country music artist Lyle Lovett, Reed secured a recording contract with MCA Records in the late 80s.

Resident in Scotland from the early 00s, Reed is an intriguing composer. Among his compositions is a suite for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and he has also written film music. Among musicians with whom he has worked is fellow guitarist Laurence Juber, with whom he has recorded in duo. In addition to performing, Reed also teaches, including leading classes at the National Guitar Summer Workshop. He formed Outer Bridge Records at the start of the new millennium, making his debut for the label with the same year’s Handwritten Notes. He has also released instructional videos on Homespun Tapes.

Although Reed began playing acoustic guitar in an orthodox manner, he gradually developed a distinctive technique in which he produces self-accompanying percussive motifs by rapping the guitar body with either hand. Similarly notable is Reed’s use of unusual tuning for the instrument. He has an astonishing technique and continues to draw praise from critics and fellow guitarists.
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This guy is smokin'!
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crofty98
Love it.
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Oh yeah - that just powers me on!
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Awesome!
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twc53158
My oh my! First listen. Still grinning.
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Most excellent acoustic playing skills
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Been pick in most my life Im 62 now never heard a technician like Preston ever...
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Heard on pandora kaki king station !
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This guy is awesome first time hearing and im hooked !
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Great Stuff !! YES !
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I'm a first timer & very much impressd by such talent. No wonder I fell in love when I first heard about Kaki King, via AUGUST RUSH.!!!
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Great work. Got him on my Leo Kottke channel!
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Amazing! I heard this on my Pandora Michael Hedges station. I'm so psyched to hear someone with such rhythm and musical energy. I'm going to have to find more of his stuff! Definitely going to check out his Acoustic Guitar album that evettebiz mentioned. I'm so sad that Michael Hedges has been gone all these years, but this is a wonderful new discovery!!!

Wikipedia has some interesting info about Preston Reed—http:// e n . w i k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / P r e s t o n _ R e e d .
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Check out his vids on YouTube. Amazing to see as well as hear!
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vern would like this ex: steve tibbitts
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i love Ladies Night!
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Wow.
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lakkotasue
Mark Mancina did August Rush
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Holy cow!
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dhphoto.08
Unbelievable !
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oooooo niceeee!!
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God blessed him with those hands. Nice style.
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evettebiz
first album i heard by Preston Reed was Acoustic Guitar recorded in 1978. most likely he did not hear Michael Hedges first. a little reading up on this says that he did hear him later on, most lilkely they influenced each other. give Acoustic Guitar a listen, it's obvious that this was his own style even back then
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nfsutton
Had to stop and check out this guy as I was sure it was Michael Hedges....aw e s o m e work but Michael is terribly, terribly missed!I like to think that maybe Preston was so inspired by Mr. Hedges and this is a tribute to him, maybe? There will never be another Michael!
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Yet another Michael Hedges wantabe. P.S. The music for August Rush may have been performed by Kaki King but it was a Michael Hedgers tune. Seek out the real thing . Michael Hedges is without peers!
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Used to think Preston musta sold his soul to the devil to get hands like that.
Now I'm pretty sure the devil sold his soul to Preston.
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Oh man, just found this guy. F**king good.
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the Music for August Rush was done by Kaki King another accomplished Guitarist of this genre who is soo underrated. Please if you enjoy this style seek her out!
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I do not know how it happens... but I like it! Smoooookin guitar......
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antonio.elma l e h
Oh, so nice.
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I have to thank the people who put together the music for August Rush soundtrack for getting this style on the screen and into my home. Big thanks to the Pandora group for hooking us to more talented musicians.
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KICKass, I love this music
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cat73
Schweeeet. Ladies Night. Love it.
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Very Nice
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jason.malec
Wow. Awesome.
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me likey
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No Dobro for Mr. Reed - he's an acoustic guitar fingerpicker who applies basically his whole body in a fabulous way. For Dobro we must turn to the masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, and Rob Ickes. There are many other, lesser players. What an instrument!
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gb652
This is FANTASTIC ! ! Is this what's called DOBRE ?
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Incredable such a clean sound and the complexity of the rhythm mmmman I've heard alot of em but wow!!!
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astrotrout1
Such a clean sound! His compositions stay interesting and challenging throughout!
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cadfaelrose
i am mesmerised by "stonecutter " .
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Sounds like music from the "August Rush" soundtrack. Good stuff
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compass70
I never get tired of hearing this - I appreciate the complexity of the rhythms. Simple and not just a series of random riffs.
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hurts my feelings its so beautiful, I would sell my soul to throw some beauty like that
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hoguepainter 4
Layer upon layer well woven. Great road music.
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Saw him in Texas in 1983. Loved him then too!
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transcending and truly powerful and inspiring picking.
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Technique and melody in perfect proportion ...
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some great pickin'
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Reminds me of Keller Williams!
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